Songs in A Minor

2001 debut studio album by Alicia Keys

Songs in A Minor is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys. It was released on June 5, 2001 by J Records. Alicia Keys was signed with Colombia Records after she graduated high school. She recorded an album in 1998. Colombia Records did not like the album and did not release it. The contract with Colombia Records ended. This was because of a dispute with the label. Alicia Keys then signed a contract with Clive Davis. Keys is a classically-trained pianist. She used her pianist talents to produce and arrange her music. The album was named Songs in A Minor. However, only one song "Jane Doe" is in the key of A minor.

Songs in A Minor
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 5, 2001
Recorded1998–2001
Backroom Studios
(Glendale, California)
Battery Studios, KrucialKeys Studios, The Hit Factory, Unique Studios
(New York City)
Doppler Studios, Southside Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre
Length63:04
LabelJ
ProducerAlicia Keys (also exec.), Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Jermaine Dupri, Brian McKnight, Kandi Burruss, Jimmy Cozier, Arden Altino, Miri Ben-Ari
Alicia Keys chronology
Songs in A Minor
(2001)
The Diary of Alicia Keys
(2003)
Singles from Songs in A Minor
  1. "Fallin'"
    Released: April 6, 2001
  2. "A Woman's Worth"
    Released: October 9, 2001
  3. "How Come You Don't Call Me"
    Released: June 4, 2002
  4. "Girlfriend"
    Released: December 24, 2002

When the album was released, it was given positive reviews from music critics. Most of the reviews praised Keys mix of old school jazz and contemporary R&B and soul music. Keys was compared to artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Prince and Lauryn Hill. The album was given a lot awards. These include five Grammy Awards. Songs in A Minor debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. It sold 236,000 copies the first week. It has sold 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12,000,000 copies worldwide. Rolling Stone magazine named Songs in A Minor the second best album of 2001. However, they list it at number 95 on its list of the best albums of the 2000s decade.

Track listingEdit

Songs in A Minor – Standard edition
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "Piano & I"   1:51
2. "Girlfriend"  
  • Keys
  • Dupri
3:34
3. "How Come You Don't Call Me"  
  • Keys
  • Brothers
3:57
4. "Fallin'"  Keys 3:30
5. "Troubles"  
  • Keys
  • Brothers[a]
4:28
6. "Rock wit U"  
  • Keys
  • Brothers
5:36
7. "A Woman's Worth"  Keys 5:03
8. "Jane Doe"  
  • Keys
  • Kandi
3:48
9. "Goodbye"  Brian McKnight 4:20
10. "The Life"  
  • Keys
  • Brothers[a]
5:25
11. "Mr. Man" (duet with Jimmy Cozier)
4:09
12. "Never Felt This Way" (interlude)Keys 2:00
13. "Butterflyz"  Keys 4:08
14. "Why Do I Feel So Sad"  
  • Keys
  • Brothers
4:25
15. "Caged Bird"  Keys 3:02
16. "Lovin U" (hidden track)Keys 3:48
Total length:
63:01
Songs in A Minor – Japanese edition (bonus track)[1]
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
17. "Rear View Mirror"  
  • Keys
  • Brothers
4:06
Total length:
67:07
Songs in A Minor – Japanese reissue edition (bonus tracks)[2]
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
18. "Fallin'" (extended remix) (featuring Busta Rhymes and Rampage)
4:18
19. "A Woman's Worth" (remix radio edit)
4:24
Total length:
75:49
Songs in A Minor – UK special edition (bonus tracks)[3]
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
16. "Fallin'" (extended remix) (featuring Busta Rhymes and Rampage)
4:15
17. "A Woman's Worth" (remix) / "Lovin U" (hidden track)"A Woman's Worth" (remix):
  • Keys[c]
  • Brothers[d]
    "Lovin U": Keys
10:38
Total length:
74:06
Songs in A Minor DVD-Audio edition (bonus videos)[4]
No. TitleDirector(s) Length
17. "Fallin'" (music video)Chris Robinson 3:27
18. "A Woman's Worth" (music video)Robinson 4:39
19. "Girlfriend" (music video)Patrick Hoelck 4:00
Total length:
75:07
Songs in A Minor – 20th anniversary digital edition (bonus tracks)[5]
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
17. "Fallin'" (Ali version)Keys 4:26
18. "I Won't (Crazy World)"  
  • Keys
  • Brothers
3:44
19. "Foolish Heart"  Cato 4:39
20. "Crazy (Mi Corazon)"  Brothers 3:53
Total length:
79:43
Songs in A Minor – 20th anniversary vinyl edition (bonus tracks)[6]
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
17. "Foolish Heart"  Cato 4:39
18. "Crazy (Mi Corazon)"  Brothers 3:53
Total length:
71:33
Songs in A Minor: Remixed & Unplugged – European edition (bonus disc)
Remixed & Unplugged in A Minor – Brazilian and Japanese edition
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "Girlfriend" (KrucialKeys Sista Girl Mix)
3:27
2. "Gangsta Lovin'" (Eve featuring Alicia Keys) 3:59
3. "Fallin'" (Remix) (featuring Busta Rhymes and Rampage)Brothers[b] 3:56
4. "A Woman's Worth" (Remix)
3:20
5. "Butterflyz" (Roger's Release Mix) 3:54
6. "Troubles" (Jay-J & Chris Lum Bootleg Mix)
  • Keys
  • Brothers[a]
  • Jay-J[e]
  • Chris Lum[e]
4:24
7. "How Come You Don't Call Me" (Neptunes Remix)
  • Keys
  • The Neptunes[e]
4:23
8. "Fallin'" (Ali version)Keys 4:30
9. "Moonlight Sonata" / "L'Interludio, Ambivalente" / "Ain't Misbehavin'" (live)  2:22
10. "Goodbye" (live)  2:49
11. "Never Felt This Way" (interlude) (live)  1:45
12. "Butterflyz" (live)  0:52
13. "Caged Bird" (live)  2:03
14. "I Got a Little Something for You" (live)  1:45
15. "Someday We'll All Be Free" (live)  6:24
Total length:
49:49
Songs in A Minor – 10th anniversary deluxe edition (bonus disc)
No. Title Length
1. "A Woman's Worth" (remix) (featuring Nas) 4:28
2. "Juiciest" (mixtape version) 3:03
3. "If I Was Your Woman" (original funky demo) 2:59
4. "Fallin'" (Ali version) 4:26
5. "Typewriter"   3:10
6. "Butterflyz" (The Drumline Mix) 3:49
Total length:
21:55
Songs in A Minor – 10th anniversary collector's edition (bonus disc)
No. Title Length
1. "A Woman's Worth" (remix) (featuring Nas) 4:28
2. "Juiciest" (mixtape version) 3:03
3. "If I Was Your Woman" (original funky demo) 2:59
4. "Ghetto Man" (featuring muMs da Schemer) 4:17
5. "Fallin'" (Ali version) 4:26
6. "Typewriter"   3:10
7. "Butterflyz" (The Drumline Mix) 3:49
8. "I Won't (Crazy World)"   3:44
9. "Girlfriend" (KrucialKeys Sista Girl Mix – The UK Video Remix Edit) 3:52
10. "I Got a Little Something" (live at KeyArena, Seattle, Washington, 10 August 2002) 1:42
11. "Moonlight Sonata" / "L'Interludio, Ambivalente" / "Ain't Misbehavin'" (live at KeyArena, Seattle, Washington, 10 August 2002) 2:07
12. "Light My Fire" (live at KeyArena, Seattle, Washington, 10 August 2002) 3:27
Total length:
41:04
Songs in A Minor – 10th anniversary collector's edition (bonus DVD)
No. Title Length
1. "Songs in A Minor Documentary"    
2. "A Harlem Love Story" ("Fallin'" / "A Woman's Worth")  
3. "Girlfriend"    
4. "How Come You Don't Call Me"    

NotesEdit

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies a main producer and remixer
  • ^[c] signifies a remix producer
  • ^[d] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[e] signifies an additional producer and remixer

Songs in A Minor: 20th Anniversary EditionEdit

Songs in A Minor: 20th Anniversary Edition
Studio album (reissue) by
ReleasedJune 4, 2021 (2021-06-04)
Genre
Label

The 20th Anniversary Edition was released on June 4, 2021 to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the release of Songs in A Minor. The album includes four bonus tracks including the previously unreleased "Foolish Heart" and "Crazy (Mi Corazon)".

Track listingEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

Chart procession and successionEdit

Preceded by
Devil's Night by D12
Devil's Night by D12
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
July 14, 2001 (first run)
July 28, 2001 – August 4, 2001 (second run)
Succeeded by
Devil's Night by D12
Celebrity by 'N Sync
Preceded by
Devil's Night by D12
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums number-one album
July 14, 2001 – August 18, 2001
Succeeded by
Eternal by The Isley Brothers
Preceded by
Alle Kleuren by K3
Dutch Albums Chart number-one album
September 15, 2001 – September 22, 2001
Succeeded by
V by Live

Release historyEdit

Country Date Label
United States June 5, 2001 J Records
Canada June 26, 2001 Sony Music
United Kingdom July 23, 2001 J Records
Germany September 3, 2001
Australia
Japan February 27, 2002 BMG
France October 29, 2002 J Records
10th Anniversary Edition
Worldwide June 28, 2011 J Records

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Other websitesEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Voodoo by D'Angelo
Grammy Award for Best R&B Album
2002
Succeeded by
Voyage to India by India.Arie