CSPC: Alicia Keys Popularity Analysis

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Original Album Sales – Comments

2001 Songs in A Minor – 12,600,000
2003 The Diary of Alicia Keys – 8,000,000
2007 As I Am – 6,400,000
2009 The Element of Freedom – 4,000,000
2012 Girl on Fire – 1,800,000
2016 Here – 160,000

Considering how little exposure R&B acts are used to get outside of the US, the total of 33 million studio albums sold including more than 14 million abroad is quite impressive.

Obviously, the curve is constantly going down but up to The Element Of Freedom each Alicia Keys album was able to retain at least 60% of its immediate predecessor sales. Considering how much the album market collapsed during this period, one may wonder in which proportion those sales decreases were due to lower overall appeal of her material or if they were only due to buyers translating into an other format of consumption. Guess what? We will be answering just that within’ the next pages.

The same question may be raised for Girl On Fire. Although much weaker than previous albums in terms of pure album sales, by late 2012 many people had already moved to other formats, which can explain such a drop. We will also be studying very first results of her last record Here too, although the incredible figures it has been moving so far will be hard to compensate in the streaming format. While 160,000 units is already a pretty weak tally, it must be said those are estimated shipments, half of those units are yet to be sold within’ consumers. In all likelihood that total will be reached but second week drops are being so bad that expecting more is being optimistic. In the past, Alicia Keys came out time to time with an unexpected smash hit though so who knows?

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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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