American singer Alicia Keys has released seven studio albums, two live albums, one remix album, seven box sets, 32 singles as lead artist, and two promotional singles. Throughout her career, Keys has sold over 22 million albums in the US, and over 42 million albums worldwide, making Keys one of the most successful female R&B acts.
Keys released her debut album Songs in A Minor (2001) through J Records, after having had previous recording deals with Columbia and Arista. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and produced the singles "Fallin'", "A Woman's Worth", "How Come You Don't Call Me" and "Girlfriend," the former of which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. A commercial success, Songs in A Minor went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide and made Keys the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. In 2002, the album was reissued as Remixed & Unplugged in A Minor, which included a disc of remixes and live songs.
Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in December 2003 and sold eight million copies worldwide. It became Keys' second consecutive number-one US debut, selling over 618,000 copies its first week of release, becoming the largest first-week sales for a female artist in 2003. Four singles were released from the album, three of which became top-ten singles, including "You Don't Know My Name" and "If I Ain't Got You", the latter oh which became the first single by a female artist to remain on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for over a year.
In 2005, Keys released her first live album, Unplugged, which again debuted at number one in the United States. She became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album to debut at number one and the highest since Nirvana in 1994. In 2007, "No One", the lead single from Keys's third studio album, As I Am, was released. Her biggest commercial success since "Fallin'", it remained at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks and became the song most listened to of 2007 in the United States. Selling 742,000 copies in its first week, As I Am gained Keys the largest first week sales of her career and became her fourth consecutive number one album. The album sold five million copies worldwide.
Departing from the classicist soul music of Keys' previous albums, Keys's fourth album The Element of Freedom (2009) introduced a mid-tempo, low-key sound and features mostly ballads. It became her first non-number one album in the United States and her first number one album in the United Kingdom. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA within its first month of release and produced five singles that attained chart success, including "Doesn't Mean Anything" and "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)". In 2012, Keys's fifth studio album Girl on Fire was released. It sold 159,000 copies in its first week in the United States and marked her lowest opening sales for an album. The lead single was the title track, which reached the top ten in several countries worldwide. On November 4, 2016, she released her sixth album Here.