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Keys Happy With Album's Success

Alicia Keys says she’s amazed at how quickly her debut album, “Songs in A Minor,” became a hit.

“It did surprise me, shall I say, that it was accepted in such a wide form so fast from when the album was released,” the 21-year-old singer told reporters. “I did kind of more expect it to be a longer process.”

Keys’ classically influenced soul debut was one of last year’s biggest albums. It has sold nearly 5 million copies.

Her song “Fallin'” won song of the year, and she was named best new artist at this year’s Grammy Awards. She also won three awards in rhythm ‘n’ blues categories, tying Lauryn Hill’s 1999 record of five awards.

Keys said she’ll perform April 9 at the Urban Aid benefit concert in New York City and will headline her own tour beginning July 2 in Milwaukee.