Alicia Keys’ new album “Keys” fails to sell 17,000 copies and fails to rank among the top 50
We kind of knew that Alicia Keys’ album, “Keys,” was a disaster, and now it’s happened.
Alicia’s “keys” didn’t unlock anything. According to hitsdailydouble.com, “Keys” sold less than 17,000 copies when it debuted and failed to make it into the top 50.
Another source, Chart Data, says “Keys” sold 20,000 copies and missed its top 40. Either way. It’s a disaster.
Even the singer-songwriter’s latest album, “Alicia”. sold 62,000 copies in its first week. But most of them were CDs. And guess what? “Keys” didn’t have a CD. They didn’t.
All of this raises a lot of questions. Alicia signed with RCA, but no one on the label responded to emails last week when the album came out. Looks like they disowned him. And not making a CD maybe indicates that Keys went rogue on this release, a year after an “Alicia”.
As with “Alicia” and the previous album, Keys had no single to promote for the label. It’s not like “Keys” isn’t a solid R&B album. He is. But when Alicia recorded for Clive Davis (and now, subsequently, Peter Edge, who has been with her at RCA / J for two decades), the album wouldn’t have been released without obvious success. Alicia’s last hit was “Girl on Fire” ten years ago.
This is what happens when legacy artists like Keys become rich and isolated from reality. The album “Keys” will be a memory for very select fans, and we move on.
That’s a shame. There were a few tracks there that I thought had potential. Here they are: