Songs in A Minor

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Songs in A Minor
Studio album by Alicia Keys
Released June 5, 2001
Recorded 1998–2001
Backroom Studios
(Glendale, California)
Battery Studios, KrucialKeys Studios, The Hit Factory, Unique Studios
(New York City)
Doppler Studios, Southside Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre R&B, soul, neo soul
Length 63:04
Label J
Producer Alicia Keys (also exec.), Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Jermaine Dupri, Brian McKnight, Kandi Burruss, Jimmy Cozier, Arden Altino, Miri Ben-Ari
Alicia Keys chronology
Songs in A Minor
(2001)
The Diary of Alicia Keys
(2003)
Singles from Songs in A Minor
  1. "Fallin'"
    Released: April 6, 2001
  2. "A Woman's Worth"
    Released: October 9, 2001
  3. "How Come You Don't Call Me"
    Released: June 4, 2002
  4. "Girlfriend"
    Released: December 24, 2002

Songs in A Minor is the first studio album by American singer Alicia Keys. It was released on June 5, 2001 by J Records. Alicia Keys was signed with Colombia Records after she graduated high school. She recorded an album in 1998. Colombia Records did not like the album and did not release it. The contract with Colombia Records ended. This was because of a dispute with the label. Alicia Keys then signed a contract with Clive Davis. Keys is a classically-trained pianist. She used her pianist talents to produced and arranged her music. The album was named Songs in A Minor. However, only one song "Jane Doe" is in the key of A minor.

When the album was released, it was given positive reviews from music critics. Most of the reviews praised Keys mix of old school jazz and contemporary R&B and soul music. Keys was compared to artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Prince and Lauryn Hill. The album was given a lot awards. These include five Grammy Awards. Songs in A Minor debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. It sold 236,000 copies the first week. It has sold 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12,000,000 copies worldwide. Rolling Stone magazine named Songs in A Minor the second best album of 2001. However, they list it at number 95 on its list of the best albums of the 2000s decade.

Charts and certifications[change | change source]

Chart positions[change | change source]

Chart (2001/2002) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[1] 3
Austrian Albums Chart[1] 4
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[1] 8
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[1] 10
Canadian Albums Chart[2] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[1] 1
Danish Albums Chart[1] 4
European Top 100 Albums[3] 5
Finnish Albums Chart[1] 8
French Albums Chart[1] 12
German Albums Chart[4] 2
Greek International Albums Chart[5] 5
Hungarian Albums Chart[6] 18
Italian Albums Chart[1] 4
Irish Albums Chart[7] 5
Japanese Albums Chart[8] 44
Norwegian Albums Chart[1] 12
Polish Albums Chart[9] 9
Swedish Albums Chart[1] 10
Swiss Albums Chart[1] 3
U.K Albums Chart[10] 6
Billboard 200 1
Billboard R&B/HipHop Albums 1
Chart positions for
Songs in A Minor – 10th Anniversary Edition
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 69
French Albums Chart[11] 124

Year-end charts[change | change source]

Chart (2001) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[12] 35
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[13] 98
Dutch Albums Chart[14] 18
French Albums Chart[15] 98
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 47
Swedish Albums Chart[17] 32
Swiss Albums Chart[18] 19
U.K Albums Chart[19] 38
U.S. Billboard 200[20] 13
U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[21] 3
Worldwide[22] 7
Chart (2002) Position
Australian Albums Chart[23] 14
Australian Urban Albums[24] 3
Austrian Albums Chart[25] 44
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[26] 38
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[27] 21
Dutch Albums Chart[28] 21
French Albums Chart[29] 45
New Zealand Albums Chart[30] 28
Swedish Albums Chart[31] 85
Swiss Albums Chart[32] 28
U.K Albums Chart[33] 31
U.S Billboard Hot 200[34] 23
U.S R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[35] 12
Chart (2003) Position
Australian Urban Albums[36] 18
U.K Albums Chart[37] 153

Decade-end charts[change | change source]

Chart (2000–09) Position
Dutch Albums Chart[38] 72
U.S. Billboard 200[39] 32
U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[40] 12

Certifications[change | change source]

Region Certification
Australia[41] 2× platinum
Austria[42] Gold
Belgium[43] Gold
Canada[44] 5× platinum
Denmark[45] Platinum
Europe[46] 3× platinum
France[47] Platinum
Germany[48] Platinum
Italy[49] Platinum
Netherlands[50] 2× platinum
New Zealand[51] Platinum
Norway[52] Gold
Poland[53] Gold
Sweden[54] Platinum
Switzerland[55] 2× platinum
United Kingdom[56] 3× platinum
United States 6× platinum

Chart procession and succession[change | change source]

Preceded by
Devil's Night by D12
Devil's Night by D12
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
July 14, 2001 (first run)
July 28, 2001 – August 4, 2001 (second run)
Succeeded by
Devil's Night by D12
Celebrity by 'N Sync
Preceded by
Devil's Night by D12
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums number-one album
July 14, 2001 – August 18, 2001
Succeeded by
Eternal by The Isley Brothers
Preceded by
Alle Kleuren by K3
Dutch Albums Chart number-one album
September 15, 2001 – September 22, 2001
Succeeded by
V by Live

Release history[change | change source]

Country Date Label
United States June 5, 2001 J Records
Canada June 26, 2001 Sony Music
United Kingdom July 23, 2001 J Records
Germany September 3, 2001
Australia
Japan February 27, 2002 BMG
France October 29, 2002 J Records
10th Anniversary Edition
Worldwide June 28, 2011 J Records

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Other websites[change | change source]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Voodoo by D'Angelo
Grammy Award for Best R&B Album
2002
Succeeded by
Voyage to India by India.Arie