Alicia Keys’ ‘Freedom’ Sells 417K, No. 1 Streak Ends


Clover Hope / December 23, 2009

Alicia Keys’ fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom, sold an impressive 417,000 copies in its first week of release. Still, it wasn’t enough to knock U.K. sensation Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream from her No. 1 perch atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

Boyle’s debut sold a remarkable 661,000 copies in its fourth week on the shelves, bringing its overall total to 2,465,000 copies. Keys’ previous four projects debuted at No. 1, with her most recent, As I Am, moving 742,000 units in its first week.

Freedom sales were likely fueled by the success of her collaboration with Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind,” which has been the No. 1 song in the country for five weeks.

Coming in at No. 9 on the album chart, Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy: The Session sold 123,000 copies. —Clover Hope