Live album by Alicia Keys
October 7, 2005
July 4, 2005,
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, New York
R&B, soul, jazz, poetry
Producer Alicia Keys
(, Peter Edge exec.) (exec.), Jeff Robinson (exec.), Alex Coletti
Alicia Keys chronology
Singles from Unplugged
Released: September 13, 2005
" Every Little Bit Hurts"
Released: January 2006
is the first Unplugged live album (third overall) by American recording artist Alicia Keys. It was recorded as part of the television program on July 4, 2005 at the MTV Unplugged Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York City, and released in the United States on October 11, 2005 by J Records, including songs from her multi-platinum albums and Songs in A Minor . The album debuted on the U.S. The Diary of Alicia Keys chart at number one, with first-week sales of 196,000 copies in the U.S. Billboard 200 and over 245,000 copies worldwide—the highest debut for an [1 ] MTV Unplugged album since Nirvana's 1994 and the first MTV Unplugged in New York Unplugged by a female artist to debut at number one. The album has sold over one million copies in the United States and over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Additionally, it received four nominations for the 2006 Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album.
The first single released from the album was "
Unbreakable", which peaked at number thirty-four on the U.S. and number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The second single, " Every Little Bit Hurts", was released in January 2006. The video premiered on January 17 on BET's . The album and DVD includes songs from her multi-platinum albums 106 & Park and Songs in A Minor . The Diary of Alicia Keys
Critical reception [ edit ]
Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 65/100 from
Metacritic. [12 ] E! Online gave the album an A− and said of Alicia Keys: "She might be unplugged--but she's still electrifying." [12 ] said that the album "largely leaves Keys' runaway careerism in the dressing room, where it belongs." Entertainment Weekly [4 ] gave it four stars out of five and called it "a stellar set." Blender [13 ] gave the album four stars out of five and said it "Stands as an apt reminder that she is the finest soul talent of her generation." Q [12 ] gave it a favorable review and said, "This self-assured, illuminating 'MTV Unplugged' performance underscores Keys' boundless passion for her craft." Billboard [12 ] gave it three stars out of four and said, "The problems in this 72-minute package come chiefly when the exquisite singer-songwriter moves to what you'd think would be the creative heart of the album: material that isn't on her earlier CDs." Los Angeles Times [7 ] gave it a B− and stated: "I’m definitely recommending Unplugged--with reservations, but it’s still a recommendation--but damn, I just wish the fun Keys seems to have on stage would translate more clearly to record." Stylus Magazine [14 ]
Other reviews are pretty average or mixed:
gave it three stars out of five and said the album "bursts with sweet soul that seems to feed off the adoring crowd." Rolling Stone [9 ] Allmusic also gave it three stars out of five and stated: "An abbreviated 'You Don't Know My Name,' truly a producer's creation, falls flat here, and she treats covers of Gladys Knight's 'If I [Were] Your Woman' and 'Every Little Bit Hurts' like vocal auditions and not the blank canvases of an interpretive artist." Neumu.net gave it four stars out of ten and called it "Just another bloated arena show." [2 ] [15 ] gave it two stars out of five and said, "Keys hasn't the charisma to indulge in the inter-song banter here, which breaks up any soulful flow that might develop despite her sharp, hectoring vocals." Uncut [12 ]
Accolades [ edit ]
48th Grammy Awards in 2006, Unplugged earned Keys four nominations; Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for " Unbreakable", Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "If I Was Your Woman".
Commercial performance [ edit ]
The album debuted at number one on the US
and Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 196,000 copies, serving as Keys' third consecutive number-one debut in the United States. The album's two singles, " Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Unbreakable", reached the top ten of the chart, and final single " Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Every Little Bit Hurts", it failed to enter the U.S. and international charts.
Track listing [ edit ]
"Intro Alicia's Prayer"
(Acappella) Hymn, Traditional
Kerry Brothers, Jr., Alicia Keys, Taneisha Smith 2:10
Tim Mosley, Walter Millsap III, Candice Nelson, Erika Rose 3:03
A Woman's Worth" Keys, Rose, Ernie Isley, Christopher Jasper, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, Marvin Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr.
Kanye West, Harold Lilly, Garry Glenn 4:34
How Come You Don't Call Me"
"If I Was Your Woman"
Gloria Jones, Clarence McMurray, Pam Sawyer
If I Ain't Got You" Keys
Every Little Bit Hurts"
Ed Cobb 4:01
"Streets of New York (City Life)"
Keys, Smith, Eric Barrier,
Nasir Jones, Chris Martin, William Griffin 7:35
Wild Horses" (featuring Adam Levine)
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 6:04
Diary" Keys, Brothers, Jr.
You Don't Know My Name" Keys, West, Lilly, James Ralph Bailey, Melvin Kent, Ken Williams
Keys, Brothers, Jr., Lamont Green,
Wah Wah Watson 5:14
"Love It or Leave It Alone/
Welcome to Jamrock" (featuring Mos Def, Common, Damian Marley & Friends) Lorenzo DeChalus, Derek Murphy, Charles Davis, Kirk Khaleel, Joseph Williams, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Ini Kamoze
"A Woman's Worth" contains a sample of "
Footsteps in the Dark" by The Isley Brothers (Ernest Isley, Christopher Jasper, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, Marvin Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr.) "Unbreakable" contains a sample of
Eddie Kendricks' "Intimate Friends" (Garry Glenn) "Streets of New York (City Life)" contains a sample of "
N.Y. State of Mind" by Nas (Eric Barrier, Nasir Jones, Chris Martin, William Griffin) "You Don't Know My Name" contains a sample of "Let Me Prove My Love to You" by
The Main Ingredient (J. R. Bailey, Mel Kent, Ken Williams) "Love It or Leave It Alone" contains a sample of "Love Me or Leave Me Alone" by
Brand Nubian (Lorenzo DeChalus, Derek Murphy, Charles Davis) and "Latoya" by Just-Ice (Kirk Khaleel, Joseph Williams)
Charts and certifications [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
Release history [ edit ]
October 7, 2005
October 10, 2005
October 11, 2005
October 17, 2005
October 26, 2005
References [ edit ]
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^ a b David Browne (2005-10-10). "Unplugged Review". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved . 2012-01-12
^ Gill, Andy (2005-10-07). "Album: Alicia Keys (Unplugged, J Records)". (London). Archived from The Independent the original on 2008-12-02.
^ Darryl Sterdan (2005-10-21). "CANOE - JAM! Music - Artists - Album Review: UNPLUGGED". Jam! . Retrieved . 2012-01-12
^ a b Hilburn, Robert (2005-10-09). "Young Keys and her good old songs". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved . 2013-05-31
^ Cibula, Matt (2005-10-27). "Alicia Keys: Unplugged". PopMatters . Retrieved . 2012-01-12
^ a b Hoard, Christian (2005-10-20). "Unplugged". Rolling Stone . Retrieved . 2013-05-31
^ Cinquemani, Sal (2005-10-13). "Alicia Keys: Unplugged". Slant Magazine . Retrieved . 2012-01-12
^ Jones, Steve (2005-10-10). "Even 'Unplugged,' Alicia Keys' talents are electric (Alicia Keys, . Unplugged)" USA Today . Retrieved . 2013-05-31
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^ Inskeep, Thomas (2005-10-18). "Alicia Keys - Unplugged - Review". Stylus Magazine . Retrieved . 2013-05-31
^ Carew, Anthony. "Alicia Keys: Unplugged". Neumu.net. Archived from the original on 2005-02-25 . Retrieved . 2013-05-31
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^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży". OLiS. October 24, 2005 . Retrieved . October 26, 2010
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^ " Alicia Keys – Chart history" for Alicia Keys. Retrieved 2 June 2012. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Jaaroverzichten 2005". Hung Medien . Retrieved . June 4, 2011
^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Jaaroverzichten 2005". Hung Medien . Retrieved . June 4, 2011
^ "2005 Year End Charts – The Billboard 200". . Billboard Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 26, 2005 . Retrieved . October 26, 2010
^ "2005 Year End Charts – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". . Billboard Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 26, 2005 . Retrieved . October 26, 2010
^ "CRIA: Gold & Platinum – February 2005". Canadian Recording Industry Association. February 18, 2005 . Retrieved . April 18, 2008
^ "List of works certified in February 2006". Recording Industry Association of Japan. February 2006 . Retrieved . November 11, 2010
^ "Goud/Platina" (in Dutch). NVPI. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008 . Retrieved . January 23, 2013
^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. January 25, 2008 . Retrieved . April 18, 2008
^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. November 22, 2005 . Retrieved . October 26, 2010
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