Nine-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys continues to make musical history as her fourth album As I Am debuts at #1 on Billboardâ€™s Top 200 Albums and R&B Albums charts with first week sales of 742,426 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released November 13th on MBK Entertainment/J Records, As I Am, Alicia now holds the prestigious title as the biggest debut for a female R&B artist in SoundScan history, and the highest selling debut for a female artist since 2004. As I Am is also the second highest selling debut week of any artist over the past 2 years, behind Kanye Westâ€™s Graduation. This release marks Aliciaâ€™s fourth consecutive #1 debut and her biggest sales week to date (her previous chart-topping debut was 2003â€™s Diary of Alicia Keys which scanned 618,335).
In the digital world, Aliciaâ€™s As I Am is the highest selling digital album by a female artist in history, with 60,900 albums sold during the first week of release. Additionally, as the single â€œNo Oneâ€™ jumps to #1 on the Digital Songs chart, it maintains the #1 Mastertone position on the Billboard RingScan chart for two straight weeks and will be officially RIAA certified platinum by the end of week.
Aliciaâ€™s hit single â€œNo Oneâ€ moves into the #1 spot on Billboardâ€™s Hot 100 chart this week with an all format audience of 174 million! The single continues to hold the #1 spot for 5 consecutive weeks on the Urban Mainstream chart, Top 3 at Rhythm radio for the past 3 weeks and breaks through to the Top 10 at Top 40 radio with the #9 slot this week. Keysâ€™ new single â€œLike Youâ€™ll Never See Me Againâ€ is expected to duplicate this rapid chart-topping success as it presently has 27 million in audience since impacting radio last week.
The â€œNo Oneâ€ video is the #1 most played video at MTV, BET, VH1, VH1 Soul and MTV Hits and is also #1 on BETâ€™s 106 & Park, MTVâ€™s TRL and VH1â€™s Top 20 countdowns. Keys’ new â€œLike Youâ€™ll Never See Me Againâ€ video is currently #8 on BETâ€™s 106 & Park and was just added to MTV.
Currently gracing the cover of Entertainment Weekly, Keys has had a total of nine major magazine covers and appeared on several TV programs, including her recent American Music Awards â€œbashmentâ€ performance of her hit single â€œNo One,â€ along with reggae musicâ€™s elite Junior Reid, Chaka Demus & Pliers and Beenie Man.
Keys plans to embark on an international and domestic tour in 2008.