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Alicia Keys tops album chart in a slow week

January 24, 2008|Todd Martens | Times Staff Writer

Alicia Keys holds down the top spot on the U.S. album sales chart, securing the position with one of the lowest sales totals for a No. 1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.

Her "As I Am" sold 61,000 copies in a slow release week. Only the soundtrack to "Dreamgirls" has sold less in the pole position, posting sales of 60,000 copies early last year.

There are some newcomers to this week's chart. Neo-soul artist Raheem DeVaughn enters at No. 5 after selling 45,000 copies. It's the singer's second album and significantly tops the No. 46 debut of his 2005 "The Love Experience."

Close behind is R&B star John Legend with his "Show Me Live." The album is available only at Target, and managed to sell 33,000 copies in its first week on the chart.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, January 25, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 47 words Type of Material: Correction
Album sales: An article in Thursday's Calendar section about the national album sales chart said that none of the albums in the Top 10 had registered an increase in sales. In fact, "Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus" sold 7% more than it did the previous week.

Though no album in the Top 10 posts a sales increase, the indie-rock-focused soundtrack to "Juno" does move up one position to No. 2. The collection has now sold more than 200,000 copies, and should receive a boost after the film scored four Oscar nominations.

Further down, vocalist Anne Murray enters at No. 42 with her "Duets: Friends & Legends" (13,000 copies) and Ringo Starr enters at No. 94 with his "Liverpool 8" (7,000 copies).


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