Release date: December 2003
The Diary of Alicia Keys is the second studio album by American R&B and soul musician Alicia Keys, released December 1, 2003 on J Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2002 to 2003 at various recording studios, and production was handled primarily by Keys with contributions from Kerry Brothers, Jr., Timbaland, Dwayne Wiggins, Dre & Vidal, Easy Mo Bee, and Kanye West.
Due to the extreme popularity of her debut album, there was a lot of pressure on the album to match or exceed that success. However, the album proved to be as successful as her debut album. The album also sold over twice as many copies in its first week as Songs in A Minor.
The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 618,000 copies, serving as Keys' second consecutive number-one debut in the United States. It spent 88 weeks on the chart, leaving at number 198 in 2005. It has sold over four million copies in the U.S. and more than eight million copies worldwide. The album's four singles, "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You", "Diary", and "Karma", reached the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100, with three of them becoming top ten hits.
Blender magazine named it the seventh best album of 2004. Billboard placed the album fifty-fifth in the decade-end ranking of the most successful albums of the 2000s. At the 47th Grammy Awards in 2005, The Diary of Alicia Keys won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and also earned Keys two other awards, including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "If I Ain't Got You" and Best R&B Song for "You Don't Know My Name". Keys also won two Soul Train Awards, Best R&B/Soul Single ("If I Ain't Got You") and Best R&B/Soul Album by a female artist. In 2007, The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released a list of what they term "The Definitive 200 Albums of All Time"; The Diary of Alicia Keys ranks at number 129 on the list.