REUTERS

REUTERS

Alicia Keys' album The Element of Freedom topped the R&B chart in its first week of sales, but fell short of Susan Boyle to land at No. 2 on the Top 200 Albums chart, her label said on Wednesday.

The album, which is Keys' latest release since her 2007 As I Am, sold more than 417,000 copies in the week since it hit stores, earning the singer her fifth straight chart topping debut, said Sony Music.

The album also landed at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, behind middle-aged British singing sensation Susan Boyle's debut album I Dreamed a Dream, said industry tracker Nielsen/Soundscan.

Released on December 15, The Element of Freedom includes the single Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart.

It also has a duet with Beyonce called Put It In a Love Song and Keys' solo version of a recent collaboration with Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z, Empire State of Mind.

Keys, 28, who broke onto the music scene in 2001, plans a concert tour beginning in March that will take her to Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and other cities.