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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 twenty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number seventeen on the U.S. 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.[1] "Karma" became The Diary of Alicia Keys's first release to fail to achieve top ten status on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, peaking at number 20 and 17, respectively.

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



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.[2] 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[3]
  1. "Karma" — 4:15
  2. "Diary" (Hani Mix) — 3:49
  • European CD maxi single[4]
  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[5]
    • A1 "Karma" (Album Version) — 4:12
    • A2 "Karma" (Instrumental) — 4:11
    • B1 "Karma" (KrucialKeys DJ Mix) — 3:20
    • B2 "Karma" (Acappella) — 3:45
    • 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)[7]
    • A1 "Karma" (Spanish Version) — 3:32
    • A2 "Karma" (Spanglish Version) — 3:32
    • B1 "Karma" (Spanish Version) — 3:32
    • B2 "Karma" (Spanglish Version) — 3:32


Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit


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