As I Am

  1. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, "Michael" Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. ...

  2. Best Of The 2000s: Part 1

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22 ...

  3. Spotify Scores Alicia Keys Album Preview

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys is to unveil her fourth studio set "The Element of Freedom" on music streaming service Spotify in Europe, one week ahead of its official release. "The Element of Freedom" drops in the United Kingdom and Europe Dec. ...

  4. Alicia Keys Announces U.K. 'Freedom' Dates

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Multiple Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys has announced a run of four U.K. arena dates to take place next year. The tour commences May 19 at Birmingham NIA and includes shows at Glasgow SECC (May 23) and Manchester MEN Arena (May 29). The singer wi ...

  5. Alicia Keys Reveals 'Freedom' Details

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys will be releasing her fourth studio album, "The Element of Freedom," on December 1st on MBK/J Records. The album's first single, "Doesn't Mean Anything," produced and written by Keys and longtime collabora ...

  6. Bruce Springsteen Nets Ninth No. 1 Album

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen shows the Billboard 200 who's the Boss, as his new album "Working on a Dream" debuts atop the list -- his ninth chart-topper. Only a handful of acts have achieved more No. 1 albums, but who are they? . . . Other hi ...

  7. Romance And Indie Rock Hit The Billboard 200

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey's "Ballads" is the Billboard 200's highest debut, arriving at No. 10, while another romantic effort, Frank Sinatra's "Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love," also makes a good start . . . It's a grea ...

  8. Lucky Seven For Swift While 'Notorious' Debuts

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . . . Can you name the last album to spend as many weeks at the top? . . . The first top 10 debut of the year comes in the form of the soundtrack to " ...

  9. Swift Makes It Six While GaGa Gains

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth week, the longest run at the top since 2005 . . . As the big chart continues to get back to a normal post-Christmas state, a bevy of albums make headway on th ...

  10. Taylor Swift Still In Control Of Billboard 200

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift notches her fifth non-consecutive week atop The Billboard 200 with "Fearless" (Big Machine), which moved 90,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a 66% sales slide from the previous wee ...

  11. Post-Holiday Chart Blues

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST While Taylor Swift's "Fearless" hangs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fifth week, she does so with less than 100,000 . . . The chart continues to regain pre-Christmas normality, with holiday titles -- for the most part -- tak ...

  12. Taylor Swift Stands Still As 2008 Comes To A Close

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST For a fourth week, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" finds itself at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 ... This week's charts mark the final sales frame of the 2008 year, so we dive into the year's sales numbers, detailing some surprisin ...

  13. Taylor Swift Fends Off Keyshia Cole And Jamie Foxx At No. 1

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" wins out on the Billboard 200 over new albums from Keyshia Cole and Jamie Foxx as the young country singer's set moves 330,000 . . . Cole's "A Different Me" and Foxx's "Intuiti ...

  14. Britney's 'Circus' Arrives With Half-Mil Debut At No. 1

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST It's all about Britney Spears and her "Circus" as the diva earns her fifth No. 1 album. It arrives with 505,000, the seventh-biggest sales week of 2008 and Spears' best frame since "In the Zone" premiered with 609,000 ...

  15. Kanye West's '808s' Is Tops, While GNR Settles For Third Place

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 450,000, giving the rapper his third straight chart-topping album. However, his sales start is his lowest since his first album, "The College Dropo ...

  16. Beyonce's 'Fierce' Debut Leads Pre-Turkey Day Chart

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beyonce! Nickelback! David Cook! The gang's all here as we roll into the hopefully busy post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend . . . Next week's chart will see new albums arrive from Kanye West, Guns N' Roses, the Killers, Ludacris and ...

  17. Chris Brown Wins Big At American Music Awards

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST R&B singer Chris Brown swept the American Music Awards on Sunday, winning three prizes including artist of the year. The 19-year-old star, famed for his on-stage athleticism, overshadowed Alicia Keys, who led the field with five nominations, a ...

  18. Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Flies At No. 1 With 592,000

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift nets the best week for a country album in a year as her "Fearless" set arrives at No. 1 with 592,000 . . . Her set is just one of six arrivals in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The others? David Archuleta's self-title ...

  19. 'Twilight' Soundtrack Takes A Bite Out Of The Billboard 200

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to the teen vampire romance "Twilight" bows atop the Billboard 200, pushing AC/DC's "Black Ice" to No. 2 after a two-week run at the top . . . Three more albums start in the top 10: Hinder's sophomore s ...

  20. Alicia Keys Leads AMA Nominations

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys leads the nominees for the 2008 American Music Awards with five nominations, including artist of the year. Following up in the nominations tally are Coldplay and the Eagles with four nominations each. Coldplay was nominated for artist ...

  21. Beyonce To Perform AT MTV EMAs in Liverpool

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce will perform at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool at the Echo Arena on Nov. 6. The city is 2008 European Capital of Culture. Finalists in seven of the 11 awards categories have also been confirmed. Britney Spears, Coldplay and Duffy ...

  22. Motley And Mafia Lead Debuts -- But Coldplay Still Tops

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The top three of the Billboard 200 remains steady, with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" still at No. 1 ... Motley Crue crashes the party at No. 4 with its best sales week since 1991 as "Saints of Los Angeles" takes a bow ... Thr ...

  23. Disturbed Rocks At No. 1; Lil Wayne Up Next

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock band Disturbed starts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the third time as "Indestructible" enters with 253,000 ... It's the first of six debuts in the top 10 this week, as it joins the "Now 28" compilation, the latest ...

  24. Alicia Keys Ushers In WNBA Season

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys will help usher in the new WNBA season via a promotional spot featuring her performing "Superwoman" from "As I Am" (MBK/J). The video, which was shot live at a concert in Anaheim, Calif. earlier this month, will air ...

  25. Keys Producer Recording With Randolph, Hamilton, Beyonce

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, best known for his longtime collaboration with Alicia Keys, is expanding his reach. The songwriter/producer, who partners with Keys in Krucial Keys Enterprises, is currently in the studio with pedal steel guitar guru Robe ...

  26. Keys Cancels Second Performance

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After canceling the Pittsburgh stop on her "As I Am" concert tour last night (April 22), Alicia Keys must cancel a second show due to swollen vocal chords. This comes just after opening act Jordin Sparks dropped off the tour on April 21 ...

  27. RCA Sets Eyes On Virtual World For Keys

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RCA Records is promoting Alicia Keys' "As I Am" tour in the WeeWorld avatar-based online virtual universe. The promotion allows members to buy Keys-branded virtual clothes and accessories -- such as a piano, posters and T-shirts -- ...

  28. Keys Brings 'As I Am' To North America

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys will begin a North American leg of her "As I Am" tour on April 19 in Hampton, Va. Ne-Yo and Jordin Sparks will join Keys on the trek, which is sponsored by Lexus and wraps on June 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. New ...

  29. Lewis Leaps To No. 1 Debut

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leona Lewis is the first Britsh solo artist to bow atop the Billboard 200 with a debut album, ending a 22-year drought for U.K. solo female artists at No. 1. Her "Spirit" bows with 205,000, marking the first No. 1 by a female Brit since ...

  30. Norah Debut Scores 7th IFPI Platinum Award

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Parlophone) has been awarded its seventh IFPI Platinum Europe Award in recognition of seven million pan-European shipments. Jones' debut 2002 set was one of 12 albums to earn a Platin ...

  31. Jackson Bests Janet To Top Billboard 200

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country star Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his new set "Good Time." The Arista Nashville set sold 119,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His last studio set, 2006's Alis ...

  32. Janet Dethrones Jack To Top Billboard 200

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Dislodging Jack Johnson from the top after a three-week reign, Janet Jackson's "Discipline" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The Island Def Jam set moved 181,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan, becoming the ar ...

  33. Johnson's 'Static' Prevails Again On Album Chart

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Without another blockbuster new release in sight, Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" remains No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a third week. Despite a 42% slip in sales, the Brushfire effort stays above the 100,000 mark, moving ...

  34. Jack And Alicia Continue To Reign

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" enjoys a third week atop the Billboard 200 while Alicia Keys' "As I Am" seems unstoppable in its 15th week on the chart ... The latest installment of the "Kidz Bop Kids&q ...

  35. Big Grammy Gains For Many; King of Pop Returns

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 180,000 while Simple Plan's newest effort starts in the top 15 ... the Top Pop Catalog chart sees some unusually hot action this week, as an exp ...

  36. Digital Sales Propel Johnson To Second No. 1

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson scores his second Billboard 200 chart-topper -- and his biggest sales week yet -- as "Sleep Through the Static" climbs on board at No. 1. The Brushfire set moved 375,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soun ...

  37. Byte-Sized Gains: Digital Sales Add To Awards Show Haul

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Grammy Awards sales afterglow is burning brightly, with Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black," Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters" and the official "2008 Grammy Nominees" album resonating with buyers th ...

  38. Winehouse's Euro Chart Streak Continues

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse starts her seventh consecutive week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey with "Back To Black" (Universal Island), as "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbaland presents One Republic m ...

  39. Keys Notches Fourth Week At No. 1

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys returns to the top of The Billboard 200 with "As I Am," making this her fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1. The J Records effort had a 3% sales bump to 61,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The ...

  40. Keys Climbs, Mars Is High And Bullet Flies

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alica Keys' "As I Am" skips back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a small gain, pushing last week's chart-topper, the "Juno" soundtrack, to No. 2 ... the Mars Volta and Bullet for My Valentine arrive in the top five ...

  41. Touring Briefs: Keys, Ultra Music Festival, Rooney

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST -- Lexus will present Alicia Keys ' upcoming 32-city U.S. tour, scheduled to begin April 18 in Hampton, Va., and wrap June 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Keys will be on the road promoting her latest album, "As I Am," whic ...

  42. Amy, Timbaland Continue Euro Chart Runs

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST The bestsellers on Billboard's Europe-wide charts extend their reigns by another week. Amy Winehouse heads European Top 100 Albums for a sixth week and "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbaland presents One Republic s ...

  43. 'Juno' Kudos Lead to No. 1

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated film "Juno" climbs to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, pushing aside Alicia Keys' "As I Am." It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the list since "Dreamgirls&qu ...

  44. 'Juno' Unseats Keys From Atop Album Chart

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Rhino soundtrack to "Juno" becomes the label's first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, moving up 2-1 with a 13% increase to 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first film soundtrac ...

  45. Winehouse Retains Euro Chart Crown

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse continues to top Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey, as "Back To Black" (Universal Island) holds at No. 1 for a fifth week ahead of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (XL Recordings). "Apologize" ...

  46. Keys Still Atop Album Chart In Slow Sales Week

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" continues to dominate The Billboard 200, topping the chart for a third non-consecutive week. The J records album sold 61,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 14% sales drop from t ...

  47. Keys Holds, 'Juno' Jumps

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 while the "Juno" soundtrack jumps to No. 2 ... Raheem DeVaughn's "Love Behind the Melody" arrives in the top 10, as does John Legend's Target-e ...

  48. Winehouse 'Back' To Euro Summit

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST She may have been pictured in the U.K. press this week with a brand new blond hair color, but it's "Back To Black" (Universal Island) which gives Amy Winehouse a fourth consecutive week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, while the ...

  49. Keys Holds Off Radiohead, 'Juno' At No. 1

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite a continued decrease in sales, Alicia Keys' "As I Am" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 this week, rebounding 2-1. The J Records effort moved 70,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 38% sales slip ...

  50. Alicia Keys Returns to No. 1, 'Juno' Jumps

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 while the soundtrack to "Juno" jumps into the top three with a 78% gain in sales ... Last week's chart-topper, Radiohead's "In Rainbows," sli ...

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