CSPC: Alicia Keys Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 3 – On Fire no more

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With Girl On Fire we go back to Alicia Keys early albums pattern but translated into the streaming era where figures are higher overall. Thus, the 70+ million plays hit is Girl On Fire at 132 million, remaining singles are up to an average of more than 15 million rather than 10 million while album tracks are on 2 to 4 million. Overall, this equals to 390,000 units.

This implies a very, very atypical situation. Previously, we noted how each of the artist first five albums saw their album sales decrease in comparison to its predecessors. In streaming, this is very exactly the opposite with each album outperforming its previous album. While Girl On Fire case may be explained by the boom of streaming, this can’t be the root cause for the other albums trend. How to explain such a bizarre situation then? What happened is that her albums are rated as more and more consistent by her fans and black music lovers, which is why streams are favorable to latter records. In the other side, R&B music genre went from being the hottest thing on Earth to be a truly unfashioned style, decreasing a lot the interest of the general public which impacted negatively album sales as years went by.

Obviously, to maintain that increasing streak the last album Here still has plenty of work to do as it remains so far on a fairly weak 89,000 equivalent album units, although that’s a really nice addition to the album poor shipments.

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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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