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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2007

Alicia Keys Ascends To #1 With Hit Single ‘No One’

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

For this one we’ll press replay on ‘No One’ – the 2007 #1 hit from Grammy-winning songbird Alicia Keys.  The first single from her third studio album, ‘As I Am,’ by late November that year the tune had already helped hoist its parent project to historic heights on the Billboard 200 (best first week sales for any female R&B singer).  However, this week 9 years ago it saw its own ascension to #1 after booting Chris Brown‘s ‘Kiss Kiss’ out of the top spot this week in 2007.  Going on to earn ‘Best R&B Song’ honors at the next year’s Grammys, “No One” entered history books as the most listened to song on U.S. radio in 2008 and, as of time reported, hovers just over the 4x platinum mark.

Tuck in below to find out who joined Keys in the top 25 this week in 2007:

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Watch: Alicia Keys Belts ‘Blended Family’ On ‘The X Factor’

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Alicia Keys brought her ‘HERE’ album campaign to British shores tonight, taking to the stage on ‘The X Factor UK.’

Marking her first UK televised performance of the “era,” the 15-time Grammy winner aimed to make it count with a spirited rendition of ‘Blended Family.’

Watch Alicia belt her heart out after the jump…

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Watch: Alicia Keys’ Paris Mini-Concert

Songbird Soars In Stunning Intimate Show

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After a lengthy spell out of the spotlight, Alicia Keys is using new album ‘HERE’ to remind the masses of her magic.

And she’s doing so on a global scale.

During a recent stop in Paris, the critically praised singer-songwriter wowed in a super-intimate show simply (and aptly) billed as “Alicia In Paris.”

With an audience of 50 watching on, the star shone brightly with a setlist comprised of songs both new and loved. Performed were:

1. She Don’t Really Care
2. Hallelujah
3. You Don’t Know My Name
4. In Common
5. The Gospel

Beaming about the show, Keys told fans today:

I’ve been dying to share this video with you!! One of my most intimate and magical shows.

Catch the entire performance right here…

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Alicia Keys’ New Album ‘Here’ Hits #2

Keys’ 6th Studio Effort Claims Top Spot on ‘R&B Albums’ Chart

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Despite the absence of a hit single to lead it, Alicia Keys’ new album, ‘Here,’ still managed to make an impressive debut on the Billboard 200.

Fending off new offerings from Hip Hop hitmakers Rae Sremmurd, the star-studded ‘Trolls’ soundtrack, Common, and more, the Keys’ project – featuring tunes ‘Blended Family,’ ‘Holy War,’ and ‘In Common’ – debuted at #2 and marks the singer/songwriter’s 7th top 2 debut (five of those entries debuted at #1).

And, while the album’s standing next week will be interesting to see as ‘Here’ also marks her lowest first week sales to date (of a studio album), we’ll celebrate the accomplishment while we can. Tuck in below to see where everyone else landed on this week’s refreshed TGJ Chart Check:

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Alicia Keys Covers ELLE’s Feminism Issue

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Alicia Keys cuts a striking figure a-front of ELLE‘s December 2016 edition, which also dubs as its Feminism issue.

It’s an apt placement for the critically acclaimed songbird, who has been touting female empowerment during her ‘HERE’ album campaign.

Indeed, like on the cover shot here, Keys has opted to sport little to no make-up in a bid to encourage women to love themselves.

Critics seem to not only love the movement but also love the LP it promotes. Its sales, however, haven’t been the most encouraging.

Still, when an act is as respected as Alicia, she’s only ever one right song away from making a splash all over again.

Watch the video for her latest single ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love)’ after the jump…

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The Numbers Are In! Alicia Keys’ ‘HERE’ Sold…

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Despite having a hard-hitting history at retail, Alicia Keys‘ latest album ‘HERE’ launched softly last week.

Indeed, the songbird’s newly released 8th LP has yet to hatch a hit and delivered projected sales that reflected this.

With the final tally counted, what did the ‘In Common’ led record sell in its premiere week?

Find out below…

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New Video: Alicia Keys – ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love) (ft. A$AP Rocky)’

Swizz Beatz & Mashonda Make Cameo Appearances

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Alicia Keys has taken the literal approach to the video for new single ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love).’

Unleashed moments ago, the clip for the A$AP Rocky assisted cut sees the 15-time Grammy winner unite her own unique clan. Indeed, featured is her husband Swizz Beatz, their children (including his from previous relationships), and Mashonda.

The latter is most likely to set tongues wagging, given the much publisized history between the ‘Blackout’ singer, Swizz, and Keys.

Watch below as they collectively celebrate dissolved differences in the second video from the ‘HERE’ album…

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