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Alicia Keys’ ‘Alicia’ Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums Chart

Alicia Keys plants her flag atop the R&B world yet again as the singer/songwriter’s latest studio album, Alicia, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart. The set, released Sept. 18, earned 62,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 24, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Alicia becomes the performer’s second No. 1 on Top R&B Albums, which began in 2012, a little more than a decade into her career. It follows Here, which reigned for one week in 2016. Keys also released two more projects that have reached Top R&B Albums: Girl on Fire (No. 2) and VH1 Storytellers (No. 9) both in 2013.

Elsewhere, Alicia enters at No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, which encapsulates Keys’ entire career history. The start marks her eighth top 10 project; the previous seven all topped the list.

Here’s a look at her top 10 collection on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums:

Album Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
Songs in a Minor, No. 1 (six weeks), July 14, 2001
The Diary of Alicia Keys, No. 1 (six weeks), Dec. 20, 2003
Unplugged, No. 1 (one week), Oct. 29, 2005
As I Am, No. 1 (seven weeks), Dec. 1, 2007
The Element of Freedom, No. 1 (five weeks), Jan. 2, 2010
Girl on Fire, No. 1 (two weeks), Dec. 15, 2012
Here, No. 1 (one week), Nov. 26, 2016
Alicia, No. 3, Oct. 3, 2020

As Alicia arrives, the album’s single “So Done,” featuring Khalid, returns at No. 19 on the Hot R&B Songs chart after having peaked at No. 9. Two of the album’s other tracks, “Show Me Love,” featuring Miguel, and “Underdog” also climbed to No. 9 highs in November 2019 and May 2020, respectively.