Alicia Keys’ #1 Streak Continues

The incomparable and nine-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys debuts once again at #1 on the Billlboard 200 album chart with first week sales of Unplugged ringing in 195,681 units, according to Nielson SoundScan. Released October 11th on J Records, this charting makes Alicia the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart in as many releases and the first female artist to have an Unplugged debut at #1, beating past MTV Unplugged releases by Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Alanis Morissette and Shakira. Alicia’s Unplugged is also the second highest debut from the Unplugged series since Nirvana’s 1994 release of MTV Unplugged. Additionally, Alicia Keys’ Unplugged is #1 on the R&B Album chart.

Taped July 14th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the unforgettable acoustic performance features a full set of Alicia’s most acclaimed music, along with several new songs exclusive to her Unplugged performance. Keys was joined on stage by musical counterparts Common, Mos Def, Damian Marley and Adam Levine (Maroon5) for several memorable collaborations that are highlighted on Unplugged including the lead single “Unbreakable.” “Unplugged debuting at number one is yet another amazing milestone achievement for Alicia,” says Clive Davis, Chairman/CEO, BMG U.S. “That makes it three in a row — three out of three. You just can’t beat that! What makes it extra special is the live format of Unplugged for the true musician — the public really has to be passionate about the artist and the music to buy the album in these numbers.”

Christina Norman, President, MTV states: “We are so fortunate to have partnered with Alicia Keys on this amazingly successful album. She truly shares our vision of reaching music fans on multiple touch points. We pulled out all the stops for her Unplugged release, creating a fully rounded experience for today’s music fan through her premiere on MTV ‘Overdrive,’ MTV.com’s ‘The Leak,’ as well as her performance on the air — this was the perfect realization of our multiplatform strategy.”

In 2005, TIME magazine named Alicia Keys one of “The Most Influential People In The World.” At the age of 24, Alicia is a nine time Grammy Award winning artist whose debut record Songs In A Minor went on to sell more than
10 million copies. Alicia’s critically acclaimed follow-up album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, has already sold over 7 million copies worldwide. Recently, Alicia completed a sold out national 32-city tour and still had time to author
a New York Times best-selling book called Tears for Water. Not only is Alicia an extraordinary musician and best-selling author and ingenious producer, Alicia is also a humanitarian and philanthropist. As one of the ambassadors for the charity Keep A Child Alive, Alicia has raised funds and awareness to provide lifesaving HIV/AIDS medication to children in Africa. Currently, Alicia is collaborating on a film project with Oscar winner Halle Berry and will star in an upcoming feature film entitled Smokin’ Aces along with Jeremy Piven, slated for release in 2006.

Via PRNewswire

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