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Alicia Keys

By mixing R&B with a sultry dose of neo-soul, Alicia Keys became an international star in 2001 with the release of her debut album. Songs in A Minor sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of availability and eventually moved over ten million units worldwide, thus setting the stage for the 20-year-old's long career. Although she shared the charts with R&B contemporaries like Destiny's Child, Keys' talent distinguished her as a different sort of diva, one who played a variety of instruments and penned the majority of her songs without outside help. The Diary of Alicia Keys cemented her popularity two years later, and Alicia Keys spent the rest of the decade refining her now-signature sound.

Alicia Augello Cook was born in Harlem in early 1981. Raised by her Italian-American mother, she enrolled in classical piano lessons at the age of seven and began writing songs four years later. An education at the Professional Performance Arts School helped develop her vocal skills, and Alicia graduated at the age of 16 as the class valedictorian. Two Columbias loomed on the immediate horizon: Columbia University and Columbia Records, both of whom had extended offers to the talented student/musician. Although she attempted to make both options work, Alicia found it difficult to juggle the two commitments and chose to focus exclusively on her music career. Assuming the stage name of Alicia Keys, she began working with Columbia and contributed a song to the Men in Black soundtrack, but disputes with the label resulted in her contract's termination.

Keys bounced back by aligning herself with Clive Davis, the president of Arista Records, but work on her debut album stalled when Davis was ousted from the company in 2000. Davis soon formed his own label, J Records, and welcomed Keys back into the fold with an aggressive publicity campaign (including an influential appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show). Songs in A Minor was then released in June 2001 and debuted at the top of the charts, eventually netting five Grammys and rising to platinum status in ten different countries. Released in 2003, The Diary of Alicia Keys enjoyed similar Grammy-certified success, and Keys released a book of poetry the following year.

A live CD/DVD package, Unplugged, arrived in 2005 and followed Keys' two previous releases to the top of the charts, even if it failed to win any of the four Grammys for which it was nominated. She then entered the acting world, starring in both Smokin' Aces and The Nanny Diaries in 2007, before issuing the pop-influenced As I Am later that year. It became her fourth consecutive number one album, and she was nominated for another handful of Grammys as a result, with "Superwoman" winning the award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in early 2009. As the year drew to a close, Keys returned to the top of the Billboard charts with "Empire State of Mind," a Jay-Z single that featured her vocals, and released her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom. Although it went platinum, The Element of Freedom didn't reach number one in the U.S., becoming her first album to miss the top slot. It did reach number one in the U.K., though, marking Keys' first chart-topping album in Europe and highlighting her status as a global artist.

During the next two years, Keys married producer Swizz Beatz, gave birth to a son, collaborated with Eve on the single "Speechless," appeared somewhere in Kanye West's "All of the Lights," and went on a brief tour in celebration of her debut album's tenth anniversary. She wrote and, with her husband, co-produced "Angel" for Jennifer Hudson's I Remember Me. In 2012, she assisted Emeli Sandé (Our Version of Events) and Miguel (Kaleidoscope Dream) prior to releasing Girl on Fire, her fifth studio album. It was issued on RCA -- in the wake of J Records' dissolution -- that November and featured collaborations with her husband, as well as Sandé, Salaam Remi, Jeff Bhasker, Frank Ocean, and John Legend. In the U.S., it became her fifth number one album and went gold. VH1 Storytellers, recorded just prior to its release, was issued in June 2013. ~ Andrew Leahey & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fire We Make (Michael Brun Remix) (Single)

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Track List: Girl On Fire (Inferno Version) (Single)

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Track List: Girl On Fire (Single)

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Track List: It's On Again (Single)

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Track List: Throught It All (Radio Single)

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Track List: We Are Here (Single)

Comments

i love girl on fire
She does not sound ugly. Maybe ur the one with the ugly mouth. ):(
Number one fan
I love u soo much
I'm crying right now. This is my cousins song. She's far away.{:~(
My boyfriend said why does she sound like a dying cat and today we both turned ten
This b**ch can't sing for s**t! She sounds like she a cat and someone stepped on her tail.
This is real music
so in love!! im in love!!!
say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this on 5 other songs and look under ur pillow
I love this song ;)
Hi my name is Devnn I am 10 and I play piano you in pier me
HAAAAA SHE'S. PRETTY
square.sheil a
She is a very talented artist. She has really perfected her craft. Beautiful!!
cmchaney44
She is F***** HOT!!!!!
I love Alicia Keys
I love every song you have out.
Alicia Keys is so talented and gifted. What a voice
Oh my gosh I just love this song and Alicia Keys
Hi Alicia keys I just want to say that ur my biggest fan and I like ur songs a lot
Man u are Amazon
I wont tell ya secrets , ya secrets are safee with mee just think of me as a place in ya diaryyy
Alicia Keys on everything I know about you I know that you love the piano this is your favorite instruments the keyboard and the piano was so what you tell your baby daddy to get your mom for Christmas you know Christmas is coming up and you having a newborn and good luck
Hi Alicia Keys I just want to say gratulations on the new born I hope she or he is beautiful I haven't found out yet and I also wanted to know who's the baby daddy. Just follow me on my kik jirmere :-D
Alicia Keys is an amazing talented singer. I love her and her music
Love this girl
linamaldonad o 0 7
Love this song it's mine and my mom's song ����
Love
I dont want the material things in life, YOU AND YOU LOVE WILL DO JUST FINE
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Best��
Wish I Could. Download. Love.Good. Music
If u ask me im ready trell.I love u hubby.lets do the unthinkable. l o l
This girl is on fire yes
I like Alicia Keys because she is the best
clarkfamily5 0 2
Hi alica keys ��✌️��������
I nick Clark 30
Louisville ky����
June 6-5-15
Hi usher
I will risk it all for a real LOVE A real man.
A real MAN can't deny a woman's worth!
My sister Nicolette loves u
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 other songs and the day you pick your crush will ask you out
bubbeherman1 9 3 6
Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Alicia Keys
OMG i love this song sooooooo much
Love this song so does my bffs
A looker commented
20 days ago
Follow me on lnstagram @ Andrew
Say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this on 5 other songs look under your pillow
I like this son :-)
ok no expalin more message me on her about the post thing or i will die how and why
love this song so old never a bad song after this long i will always love her no matter what
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kisses on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minuets when done press f6 and your lovers name will come up in big letters. This is scary because it actually works.
Kiss ur hand
Say crush name
Say week day
Say ur name
Post 15 more times
Ur crush will ask u out that day
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