Alicia Keys Stands Another Week Atop Billboard’s Album Chart, DeVaughn’s First Top 40 Debut

R&B singer Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” took the top spot in the nation’s album sales chart for the third consecutive week, coming extremely close to setting a new record for being the No. 1 with the lowest sales tally. “As I Am” sold 61,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen Soundscan, just topping the record set by the “Dreamgirls” soundtrack last year, which snagged the top spot on sales of 60,000. Jive R&B recording artist, Raheem DeVaughn, who recently received a Grammy Award nomination for his current single “Woman,” debuts at #5 with his latest effort, Love Behind The Melody. This is DeVaughn’s first trip into the top 40. The Baltimore based singer/songwriter, will kick-off a major city tour with Jill Scott in Seattle, WA at the Paramount Theatre on February 5th. On-sale dates will be announced locally in each market and show dates are as follows: February 5-8 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre February- 12 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove February- 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre February- 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theater February- 19 – Dallas, TX – Nokia Theatre February- 20 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre February- 22, 23 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre February- 26, 27 – Baltimore, MD – Lyric Opera House February- 29 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall March- 2 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex March- 5,6 – Newark, NJ – NJ Pac March- 7 – Philadelphia, PA – Liacouras Center Arena March- 9 – Boston, MA – Orpheum March-11, 12, 14-15 – Washington DC – Dar Constitution Hall March- 16 – Richmond, VA – Landmark Theatre March- 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center March- 21 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater March- 22 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theater March- 25 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre March- 26 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre March- 28, 29 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre March- 30 – Birmingham, AL – Boutwell Auditorium In other chart news, John Legend’s “Live From Philadelphia,” which is being sold exclusively at Target, sold 33,000 to debut at No. 7.

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