Alicia Keys fires up the charts with No. 1 Billboard debut for ‘Girl on Fire’

By Daniel S Levine,

Alicia Keys is on fire, at least on the charts. Her newest album, Girl on Fire, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It is the singer’s fifth album to top the chart.

The album sold 159,000 copies during its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers, reports Billboard. That’s actually the worst-selling debut of her career, though. Her last album, 2009’s The Element of Freedom, didn’t debut at the top, but sold 417,000 copies thanks to a holiday boost. It’s also a smaller launch than 2005’s Unplugged release, which sold 196,000 copies during its first week. Analysts didn’t predict a big launch for Girl on Fire, so the low number isn’t that shocking.

Taylor Swift held the No. 2 spot again with Red, which sold another 137,000 copies. Rod Stewart’s Merry Christmas, Baby climbed to No. 3 with 117,000 copies sold.

Keys’ album was the only debut in the Top 10. The rest of the Top 10 includes One Direction’s Take Me Home (39,000); Phillip Phillips’ The World From the Side of the Moon (74,000); Rihanna’s Unapologetic (72,000); Michael Buble’s Christmas (66,000); Lady Antebellum’s On This Winter's Night (59,000); Blake Shelton’s Cheers, It's Christmas (53,000) and Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul (46,000).

MTV News notes that will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” topped the iTunes chart with 50 Cent and Eminem’s “My Life” at No. 2.

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