Alicia’s “Element” Opens Strong

Alicia Keys Element Of Freedom Wow! There is just no stopping that Susan Boyle chick. According to insider estimates (HDD), the singer is once again on track to sell anywhere between 500,000 and 600,000 copies of her latest album, I Dreamed A Dream. Alicia Keys doesn’t do so bad herself- the R n’ B diva’s latest, The Element of Freedom, is expected to move anywhere between 300,000 and 350,000 copies of her album. This will be Alicia’s first album not to debut at #1. Alicia’s last two original albums both opened with sales of over 600,000 copies- making this only the second time the singer has not gone Gold (500,000 copies sold) in the first week.

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  1. This isn’t unexpected. Her last album, best first week total for her, opened with 742K, but the lead single was also one of the top songs of the decade, No One. This album did not have the benefit of a very strong lead single, or follow-up for that matter. I’m looking forward to seeing second week sales. If they are around 200k, then she should be fine in the long run, but less than that, and this CD may flop (at least by alicia keys standards whose albums have sold 6, 4.5, and 3.7 million respectively, making her the top selling female R&B singer of the decade). But, we’ll see. Push comes to shove, she can release Put It In A Love Song and ride Beyonce’s current hype for a little while then come back with a stronger single. However, that could be to her detriment because on reviewer (SLANT Magazine) actually said that beyonce’s performance on put it in a love song was actually the best vocal of the second half. Overall, I find this album to be a stronger offering than As I Am (if just slightly more detached), but she has yet to top her debut.

  2. Those are still great numbers for Alicia, hopefully they are wrong and she does even better. P.S. I like “Put It In A Love Song” but was HIGHLY dissapointed. I wished it was a ballad to showcase both their great voices, they had the chance to make ONE of the biggest records EVER, with that said it’s still just ok.

  3. Congrats! I haven’t purchased my copy yet but soon will. I’m a fan through and through. Always will be.

  4. I’m just having fun watching SuBo kick all these chicks’ a s s es!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I have my copy and the album is Amazing,i had to reburn the cd and exclude two tracks but still slamming As for susan boyle,I’m happy people give a chance to someone who doesnt have a gimmick

  6. Um…how could these predictions be accurate when Alicia’s cd was just released yesterday? Do we have prophets among us? LOL! I have not yet picked up my copy. LOL! I also want the Susan Boyle cd. Thats an instant classic.

  7. @ Red Lipstick

    Hits Daily Double has been right within about 10-30k for pretty much every CD except for the much publicized on Brownsista Janet Jackson Error when they predicted she would have the number one spot and were off by about 60k.

  8. what the hell is this!!! Those numbes for Akey’s album are way too high,I am shocked. I see 150k-200k opening week.
    Should she make 300k+,I along with ma gul Mashonda will snatch her wig.

  9. Congrats to Alicia. I might pick up the CD this weekend

    I PRAY she does not release that 10 years too late, Boy Is Mine wanna be with Bey. That song is so cheesy it ain’t even easy…lol

  10. THE TRUTH IS PEOPLE ONLY LIKE ALICIA KEYS BECAUSE SHES A BEAUTIFUL HALF WHITE FEMALE.ALICIA’S VOICE IS TERRIBLE IN THE STUDIO AND LIVE ALL THAT STRAINING SHE DOES AND HOARSE SINGING IS CRAP . THE PIANO AND HER HER WRITING SKILLS ARE THE REAL TALENT. SHE SUCKS AND I WILL NEVER BUY HER ALBUMS. SHE HAS A SONG CALLED SLEEPING WITH A BROKEN HEART IT SHOULD BE CALLED SLEEPING WITH A MARRIED MAN SHES A HOMEWRECKER

  11. I love the album already, it was out over here on Monday and I’ve been addicted to it ever since, I love it. And I have to disagree with Lynn, I’ve seen Alicia live and she sounds just as good as she sounds on the CDs and I think people should focus more on her music rather than whatever crap is going on in her personal life.
    I just like her because shes not surrounded by all the commercial crap other female artists are surrounded by, she stays true to herself and always delivers.

  12. Go AKeys im getting your cd and mary j blidge. Love them both. Yes i give susan boyle props but lets stick with the sisters please.

  13. Good to know some people really like her new cd! I have it in my shopping cart, would buy it anyway because I’m an AK fan! Her numbers predictions are great, given the first two singles were ok. The duet was a waste of both artists, a sellout on AK’s part. I expected more! Beyonce has stronger vocals, so a ballad or a mid-tempo song like “teenage love” would have been much better. Once the video is out, people will like the song better, but it’ll still be crappy music.

    Sting’s recent comments about the music industry and it’s soulessness is so true and music is being played out…sadly, but true…I hope Alicia does well and also take a break, go make some movies, other enterprises, because this assembly line of music has to stop if black music is to survive! Artists will have to return to being artists, the Susan Boyle phenomenon is handwriting on the wall…God.

  14. LOL @ Lynn … It’s always the chicks who claim to be ‘elevated’ *cough Erykah cough* who are the most out there and scandalous. A Keys is talented but beyond overrated. There are others who are far more talented and get none of the hype.

  15. Alicia is cool. Regarding her voice-its sometimey. She got soul for days but the hoarseness can get a tad bit annoying, but overall love her voice. Now, we all know B got better vocals than Alicia. The song does sound like she was tryna put a beyonce feel to it at the end with the bridge. I wouldn’t call her a sellout, its not like she was talking about her body or silliness, but it wasn’t a masterpiece like it should’ve been. not buying her cd-ain’t personal i don’t buy cd’s like that unless gospel. This cd doesn’t sound like her best tho.

  16. Alicia will be fine, she has always walked to the beat of her own drums musically. That is why she has been successful despite the direction the music industry is going. People complain about her singles not being strong on the radio but if her album was considered radio friendly then we would have a problem.

    I am happy for Susan although I have yet to hear a song of hers. I saw her clip from the contest but thats about it.

    Bottom line is support your artists by actually buying a CD and not illegally getting it elsewhere.

  17. Well I bought my copy of The Element of Freedom on Amazon Tuesday. So I did my part! Go ‘licia!

  18. alicia keys cant sing she is strained and hoarse when she performs the album was leaked and it sucks

  19. Must see interview from Alicia while she was overseas…she says all the rumors are false.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2fNNI1k2FU

    I hear that Simon will get alot of the money from Susan’s success and not her, I hope that is not true but when an artist just starts out or in this case did a reality contest who knows.

  20. what the hell does the “element of freedom” mean? she always trying to be deep when she isn’t. I don’t know why folks give her a pass. oh yeah..she’s lightskinned.

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