Time indeed flies: 10 years have passed since the release of Alicia Keys’ multi-platinum debut album, “Songs in A Minor.” To celebrate that milestone, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer will release deluxe and collector’s editions of her breakthrough album June 28 on J Records/Legacy Recordings. Capping the anniversary releases: an intimate Keys concert for fans at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on June 30.
In a statement, Keys notes, “It’s incredibly surreal for me to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of ‘Songs in A Minor.’ This album is possibly the most precious to me. I’m so proud the songs are still being enjoyed, and I’m crazy excited to share songs never heard before.”
The three-disc collector’s and two-disc deluxe editions will include previously unreleased and original bonus material, ranging from “A Woman’s Worth” remix featuring Nas and the “Ali” soundtrack version of “Fallin'” to such unreleased tracks as “Typewriter,” “If I Was Your Woman” (Original Funky Demo version) and “Butterflyz (The Drumline Mix).” Both editions will also feature special packaging and an enhanced booklet with new liner notes by Keys. Also among the collector’s edition extras is a specially created documentary featuring new interviews with Keys and other album collaborators (watch the trailer above).
For the first time, a vinyl version of the original album will also be made available.
Initially released June 2001, “Songs in A Minor” gave Keys her first hit single with “Fallin'” (No. 1 for six weeks on the Hot 100) and first chart-topping album (No. 1 for three weeks on the Billboard 200). She also won the first five of her 14 total Grammy Awards, including best new artist, best song of the year for “Fallin'” and best R&B album. To date, “Songs in A Minor” has sold 6.2 million in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Tickets for Keys’ celebratory concert at the Beacon Theatre, “Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys,” will go on sale May 6 via Ticketmaster. Accompanied only by her piano, the singer will perform the entire “Songs in A Minor” album as well as other hits garnered during her career. Prior to that, Keys will perform on the BET Awards June 26. The cable network will also broadcast an hour-long special about Keys and “Songs in A Minor” in late June.