Songstress Alicia Keys will be celebrating tonight; the 29 year old’s fourth studio album ‘The Element of Freedom’ climbed to the top of the Official UK Album Chart today – her first ever #1 on the tally. ‘Element’ jumped up one spot from last week to clinch the coveted position, achieving the feat after eight weeks on the chart.
The news comes on the heels of Keys’ increased presence here in the UK, which has seen her perform on several high profile television shows, exclusive industry events, as well as the announcement of her forthcoming UK arena tour.
While I can’t say the album rocked my world (I actually found it rather boring), I respect Alicia’s artistry and the fact she makes quality music (most of the time). What’s more, I’m enjoying that she’s upping the ‘entertainment’ aspect of her craft (aka not just sitting at the piano all the time) – as evidenced by her performances of recent single ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’. More power to her.