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"Karma" is a song by American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys, taken from her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003). Written by Keys, Kerry Brothers, Jr., and Taneisha Smith, the track takes influence from hip hop and classical music, and was released as the album's fourth and final single in November 2004, peaking at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart—the album's only single not to top a Billboard chart. A mashup of "Karma" with Stevie Wonder's 1972 hit "Superstition" titled "Karmastition", produced by Go Home Productions, exists. "Karma" became The Diary of Alicia Keys's first release to fail to achieve top 10 status on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop.

"Karma"
Alicia Keys - Karma single cover.jpg
Single by Alicia Keys
from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys
Released November 16, 2004
Format
Recorded KrucialKeys Studios,
Quad Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre
Length 4:16
Label J
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Brothers, Jr.
Alicia Keys singles chronology
"My Boo"
(2004)
"Karma"
(2004)
"Unbreakable"
(2005)

"My Boo"
(2004)
"Karma"
(2004)
"Unbreakable"
(2005)
Music video
"Karma" on YouTube

Contents

ContentEdit

In the song, the narrator's lover who had left her returns and wants to start a new relationship, but she has moved on. Her lover is now in the position she was once in, and in being rejected receives their just deserts ("what goes around comes around"). The title references the popular conception of karma as getting what one deserves.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Karma", directed by Chris Robinson and Keys herself, was filmed over three days in August 2004, with parts shot in New York City and at Casa de Campo resort's Altos de Chavón amphitheatre, in La Romana, Dominican Republic.[1] At the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, the video earned Keys the award for Best R&B Video.

Track listings and formatsEdit

  • European CD single
  1. "Karma" — 4:15
  2. "Diary" (Hani Mix) — 3:49
  • European CD maxi single
  1. "Karma" (Radio Edit) — 3:37
  2. "Diary" (Hani Mix) — 3:49
  3. "Karma" (The Reggaeton Mix) — 3:32
  4. "Karma" (Club Mix) — 3:18
  5. "Karma" (Video)
  • U.S. promo CD single
  1. "Karma" (Radio Edit) — 3:37
  2. "Karma" (Instrumental) — 4:11
  3. "Karma" (Call Out Hook) — 0:10
  4. "Karma" (Radio Version in MP3 format) — 3:39
  • U.S. promo 12" single
    • A1 "Karma" (Album Version) — 4:12
    • A2 "Karma" (Instrumental) — 4:11
    • B1 "Karma" (KrucialKeys DJ Mix) — 3:20
    • B2 "Karma" (Acappella) — 3:45
    12"Promo
    • A1 "Karma" (Radio Edit) — 3:37
    • A2 "Heartburn" (Album Version) — 3:25
    • B1 "If I Ain't Got You" (Remix, featuring Usher) — 3:50
    • B2 "Diary" (Album version, featuring Tony! Toni! Toné!) — 4:44
    • B3 "Diary" (Instrumental) — 4:44
    12"Promo - Karma (The Reggaeton Mix)
    • A1 "Karma" (Spanish Version) — 3:32
    • A2 "Karma" (Spanglish Version) — 3:32
    • B1 "Karma" (Spanish Version) — 3:32
    • B2 "Karma" (Spanglish Version) — 3:32

PersonnelEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alicia Keys Goes Gritty And Exotic For New Video". Contactmusic.com. September 13, 2004. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Alicia Keys – Karma" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Alicia Keys – Karma" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Alicia Keys: Karma" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Alicia Keys – Karma". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 4, 2005" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Alicia Keys – Karma" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Alicia Keys – Karma". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Alicia Keys Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Alicia Keys Chart History (Adult R&B Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Alicia Keys Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Alicia Keys Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  13. ^ "2005 Year End Charts – Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 26, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  14. ^ "2005 Year End Charts – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 26, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Alicia Keys – Karma". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 13 May 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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