CSPC: Alicia Keys Popularity Analysis

Alicia Keys

By 2016, R&B artists are pretty much nowhere to be seen. Back in 2001 though, they were absolutely everywhere. Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Brandy, Ashanti, Jill Scott, D’Angelo, Maxwell, Usher, Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Blu Cantrell… the list goes on and on. One such R&B star came out in 2001 to quickly turn into the flagship of that generation, Alicia Keys.

Not many of those artists can claim strong sales outside of the US though. Unlike theirs, Alicia Keys appeal was clearly not limited to the boundaries of her native country. Her Songs In A Minor successful debut was followed by additional hit albums like The Diary Of Alicia Keys and As I Am.

This being said, in 2016 this era seems truly forgotten. None of the aforementioned artists is still a strong seller by the look of it. A few days after the release of her sixth album Here, where does Alicia Keys popularity stands as of today?

As a reminder for users who are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea you do not need to worry, it is quite simple as it only consists in merging every format sales an artist has been getting and attributing them to respective studio albums. We will start by focusing on raw data, setting how much each Alicia Keys studio album sold. Then, we will check sales of each track from those albums on each format – physical, digital and streaming – and weight them to value those figures on a par with album sales. To complete the study, we will study sales of all compilations, live albums and music videos she dropped. Once all the raw data is set, we will only need to apply appropriate weighting to get the overall picture of the R&B icon career results.

Let’s go!

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Buda

Hi MJD, could we have please an updates until now (Jan 2021) and her new album “ALICIA”. It would be interesting to see the evolution until now and her new era.

Thank you!

Rey

Hi MJD, can we get an update for Alicia – she has a new album coming out!

Her catalog got a huge update via RIAA too:

https://www.ukmix.org/forum/chart-discussion/artist-chart-analysis/63320-alicia-keys-charts-sales-history/page11

Songs in a Minor: 7P
Diary of: 5P
As I Am: 4P
Element of Freedom: 2P
Girl on Fire: 1P

BTW is she a good catalog seller? I mean for her generation of artist (early 2000s) they dont sell catalog records because their audience switch to streaming instead

ABJ

Nearly 50 million is good for Alicia, she never truly had the crossover appeal of Beyonce or such.

Rey

I’m very surprised with Try Sleeping with a broken heart’s relative success.

It was a flop when released initially, didn’t reach top 20 in US.

Yet it remains inside her top 10 all-song, even outpeaking the top-5 hit “You Don’t Know My Name”

Raffi

Hi MJD! I’ve been checking the RIAA website and wanted to ask you about Alicia Key’s single sales.

Karma-400,000
RIAA: Gold (500,000) digital

My Boo-1,900,000
RIAA: Gold (500,000) digital
Platinum (1,000,000) Mastertones
Only 400,000 for the rest of the world, when it was Top 10/20 in several countries?

Could you explain this please? And if it isn’t too much trouble, do you have any Soundscan sales for Alicia Key’s singles sales? Please and thank you!

Noah

Hi, MJD.

Really enjoyed this breakdown. I’d really like you to do one for Usher next, since he’s another R&B icon experiencing a downward trajectory like Alicia.

Also, would your sales figure report be considered legitimate enough to be used as a citation for entries such as Wikipedia? Your work really serves as a great source to reference, especially considering how long it takes other music publications to announce updates on sales figures.

Thanks, and keep going!

Anthony Blanchard

Hi everyone! Here are the 10 Alicia’s tracks that have generated the most sales: 1 2001 Fallin’ [Songs in A Minor] – 9,620,000 2 2004 If I Ain’t Got You [The Diary of Alicia Keys] – 7,160,000 3 2007 No One [As I Am] – 4,560,000 4 2012 Girl On Fire [Girl on Fire] – 1,900,000 5 2009 Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down [The Element of Freedom] – 1,730,000 6 2001 A Woman’s Worth [Songs in A Minor] – 1,570,000 7 2009 Empire State Of Mind [Orphan] – 1,360,000 8 2009 Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart… Read more »

Raffi

By the way, MJD, do you mind posting Alicia’s Unplugged album album sales breakdown? I know it’s not a big seller, but i would really appreciate it if you posted your breakdown for it. Thanks!

anthony

Hi dear MJD !!!

congratulations for the site and also for CSPC analyisis of Alicia Keys.
Then after Alicia Keys I think you will analyze the Rolling Stones, I guessed right?

Raffi

Job well done again MJD! Glad you did an analysis on one of my favourite R&B artists! While Alicia might be under artists that debuted after her, you’re right that her total is impressive for a R&B act. Moreover, you cannot deny her consistency over the 00s. Sure, her last 2 albums are a little disappointing success wise, but that still doesn’t takes away what she has accomplished. I hope you will do an analysis on other R&B artists as well so we can compare them. They’ll probably be under pop/rock acts, but it’s nice to see a comparison between… Read more »

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