Songs in Am sold 50.000 copies on the first day of release!

Not many singers enter the charts instantly with their debut album, usually it takes not just months of preparation but then a soft release, a build, and a few more singles before the audience catch on.

When Alicia Keys released Songs In Am in 2001, she could not have anticipated the huge success with 12 million albums eventually sold.

Followed up by more albums as well as acting in major feature films, Alicia has almost a decade later become a household name with over 30 million albums sold and numerous Awards.

The debut album collected 5 Grammy Awards, a feat only Christopher Cross and Norah Jones had achieved previously and since.

Alicia Keys rewrite Jay-Z’s Empire State Of Mind

One of the biggest hits during 2009 was Jay-Z’s Empire State Of Mind from his massive The Blueprint 3 album.

As it entered the charts at #1, Alicia must have known that her future release on The Element Of Freedom was going to be yet another success from the New York born singer.

The original song was released as a single in October 2009, the “Broken Down” version only a few months later in February 2010, making the song a top ten hit twice.

Empire State Of Mind – Chords & Guitar Lessons

One of the main lessons here lies within understanding how the simpler or more spacious the arrangement is, the bigger it sounds.

Originally played on piano, this song has been arranged for just one acoustic guitar.

Go to Empire State Of Mind – Chords & Guitar Lessons.

Empire State Of Mind – Lyrics

Grew up in a town that is famous as a place of movie scenes
Noise is always loud, there are sirens all around and the streets are mean
If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere, that’s what they say
Seeing my face in lights or my name in marquees found down on Broadway

Go to Empire State Of Mind – Lyrics.

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