Album Charts: Alicia Keys Earns Fifth Billboard 200 #1 With ‘Girl On Fire’

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Alicia Keys did it again. The NYC singer landed atop the Billboard 200 this week for the fifth time in her career with Girl On Fire.

The new LP, her fifth studio album, debuts with 159,000 copies sold, the lowest sales launch than any of Keys’ previous albums, including her 2005 Unplugged set. Keys’ first four albums all top the charts. Her last, 2009’s The Element of Freedom, launched at #2 with 417,000, losing to Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream.

At #6 is Rihanna’s Unapologetic, falling from #1 last week with 72,000 sold in its second week; while Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city came in at #17 this week, selling 29,000.

Outside the top 20, the collabo project between Wu-Tang and D-Block, entitled Wu-Block, debuted at #73, selling 8,600 copies to start. The project was led by Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch, and included appearances from members of both crews, aside from absences from RZA, and U-God. Erykah Badu appeared on the Termanology-produced “Drivin’ Around.”

Finally, Krizz Kaliko’s Neh’Mind debuted at #161 with 3,800 sold. It’s the latest in a series of digital EPs from Strange Music’s roster.

That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.

According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 2) totaled 7.52 million units, down 23% compared with the sum last week (9.74 million) and down 7% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (8.06 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 275.31 million, down 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (286.78 million).

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