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Alicia Keys dethrones Rihanna from Billboard top spot

Published on Dec 6, 2012 7:20 AM
Singer Alicia Keys performs onstage during a celebration of Carole King and her music to benefit Paul Newman's The Painted Turtle Camp at the Dolby Theatre on Dec 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - American R&B singer Alicia Keys scored her fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday with Girl On Fire, unseating reigning chart queen Rihanna.

Keys' fifth studio album sold 159,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which was the lowest opening week of sales for any of the soulful singer's career.

Keys, 31, held off country-pop starlet Taylor Swift's Red and Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby for the top spot.

British boy band One Direction's Take Me Home and country-rock singer Phillip Phillips' The World From The Side Of The Moon were fourth and fifth on the chart respectively.

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