Good news, Alicia Keys‘ Girl On Fire, becomes her fourth number one album. According to Hits Daily Double, Girl On Fire sold 161, 038 units in its first week, and according to Nielsen SoundScan the album moved 159,000 units. Although Alicia Keys saw her smallest opening in her career, her sales were not far from her label’s projection.
“Girl On Fire’s” launch is the smallest of any Keys album — falling lower than that of her 2005 “Unplugged” set (196,000). That said, “Girl On Fire’s” start is what industry sources had forecasted a week ago, when insiders suggested it would bow with about 145,000 to 170,000.
I think the album would have performed better with a different first single. Girl On Fire just didn’t catch on, IMO, or maybe it was just me. Number one is still a great feat. Congrats!