R&B songstress Alicia Keys is in position to earn her fourth consecutive No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as her new album, “As I Am,” via J Records, tops Nielsen SoundScan’s Chart, released yesterday (Nov. 14). If “As I Am” does land at No. 1, Keys will become only the third artist to see their first four albums debut atop The Billboard 200. Britney Spears did it with her first four releases between 1999 and 2003, while DMX’s first five albums all started at No. 1 between 1998 and 2003. Unweighted sales for “As I Am” through the close of business Tuesday (Nov. 13) from Nielsen SoundScan stood at 160,000. Billboard estimates that the major merchants who report to Nielsen SoundScan’s Building Chart, represent 79% of the U.S. retail market. Keys’ last release, 2005’s “Unplugged,” bowed at No. 1 with 196,000. Her first two studio albums, 2001’s “Songs in A Minor” and 2003’s “The Diary of Alicia Keys,” also started at No. 1 with 236,000 and 618,000 units, respectively.
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