Alicia Keys debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J), with huge U.S. sales of 618,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album--which was preceded by a flurry o

Alicia Keys debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J), with huge U.S. sales of 618,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album--which was preceded by a flurry of television appearances, including heavy exposure on BET and MTV and two performances last week on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"--is the third-highest debut of the year so far.

"The Diary of Alicia Keys" opens with more than double the sales scored by the singer's debut, "Songs in A Minor," during its best week. "Songs" bowed at No. 1 with 236,000 units in summer 2001 and scored its best week during that year's holiday season, when it moved 241,000. Two years and five Grammy Awards later, "Songs in A Minor" has sold 5.6 million units.

Toby Keith's "Shock'n Y'all" (DreamWorks) soars 6-2 in its fifth week. Sales are up 4% from last week to 213,000 units, for a total of 1.39 million. Keith has been getting heavy promotion on CMT, leading up the premiere of the video "American Soldier" this Saturday.

Josh Groban's "Closer" (Warner Bros.) rises 7-3 on sales down 7% to 188,000, for a four-week total of 961,000. Groban's music is getting a big push on America Online.

"Now 14" (Universal/EMI/Zomba/Sony) moves 5-4 on a 15.5% sales drop to 186,000 units. The hits set has sold 1.13 million in five weeks.

OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) jumps 10-5 on a 5.7% gain to 178,000. Its total is now 2.15 million.

Hilary Duff's "Metamorphosis" (Buena Vista) dips 4-6 on a 31% decline to 154,000, for a total of 1.45 million.
Britney Spears' "In the Zone" (Jive) falls 3-7 in its third week. Sales are down 40% to 150,000.

No Doubt's "The Singles 1992-2003" (Interscope) slips 2-8 on a 43% slide to 144,000.

"The Very Best of Sheryl Crow" (A&M/Interscope) jumps 15-9. Sales are up 4% to 132,000 units.

Last week's chart topper, Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), falls to No. 10 on a 52% slide to 124,000 units. To date, the set has sold 1.1 million.

Overall U.S. album sales are down 8.3% from last week to 18.8 million units, about 1.1% more than the comparable week last year. Year-to-date sales trail those of 2002 by 4.9%.