CSPC: Alicia Keys Popularity Analysis


Digital Singles Sales

It’s difficult to put one adjective to summarize Alicia Keys results in digital singles sales due to their repetitive inconsistency.

On one side, most of her albums only had one million selling single worldwide, although it has truly not been a difficult target during the last ten years. Actually, even 3 million isn’t such a high figure, almost anything Katy Perry, Bruno Mars or Rihanna drop reached that total. This has clearly been a tougher plateau to reach for the singer we are focusing on today as only four of her tracks made it.

On the other side, as catalog tracks both Fallin’ and If I Ain’t Got You totals are quite good. More, No One and Empire State Of Mind moved more than 20 million downloads combined, a terrific success. That tally doesn’t even include the near-3 million sales of Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down. 

Adding those huge smashes to all moderate hits and album tracks brings us to almost 58 million digital singles sales for the artist.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Songs in A Minor (2001) – 615,000 equivalent albums

A Woman’s Worth – 500,000
Fallin’ – 2,700,000
Remaining tracks – 900,000

The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003) – 825,000 equivalent albums

Diary – 400,000
If I Ain’t Got You – 3,500,000
Karma – 400,000
You Don’t Know My Name – 500,000
Remaining tracks – 700,000

As I Am (2007) – 2,130,000 equivalent albums

Like You’ll Never See Me Again – 2,300,000
No One – 9,300,000
Superwoman – 600,000
Teenage Love Affair – 700,000
Remaining tracks – 1,300,000

The Element of Freedom (2009) – 1,500,000 equivalent albums

Doesn’t Mean Anything – 1,600,000
Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down – 2,900,000
Put It in a Love Song – 700,000
Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart – 2,200,000
Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready) – 1,000,000
Remaining tracks – 1,600,000

Girl on Fire (2012) – 1,275,000 equivalent albums

Brand New Me – 700,000
Fire We Make – 400,000
Girl on Fire – 5,900,000
New Day – 600,000
Tears Always Win – 900,000
Remaining tracks –

Here (2016) – 30,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 200,000

Orphan Album – 2,287,000 equivalent albums

My Boo – 1,900,000
Gangsta Lovin’ – 200,000
Fireworks – 250,000
Another Way to Die – 800,000
Empire State of Mind – 10,900,000
Remaining tracks – 1,200,000

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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!


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:


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


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


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”


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

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!


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 »


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!


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?


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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