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Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys became an international star through her singular mix of classic and contemporary R&B. Behind the number one pop hit "Fallin," her debut album, Songs in A Minor, sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of availability in 2001 and eventually moved over ten million units worldwide, thus setting the stage for the then-20-year-old's long career. She was just behind D'Angelo, and ahead of Norah Jones, as the second singer, songwriter, and keyboardist to top the Billboard 200 during the 2000s. The Diary of Alicia Keys cemented her popularity two years later, and she spent well over the next decade refining her signature sound, racking up gold and platinum certifications, and collaborating with the likes of Jay-Z, Emeli Sandé, and Frank Ocean.

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 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. Keys' recorded activity the next year involved a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, as heard on the soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and a pair of socially conscious solo tracks, "We Are Here" and "We Gotta Pray."

After Keys gave birth to her second son with Swizz Beatz, she released another single, "28 Thousand Days," and appeared in the second season of Empire, for which she recorded "Powerful" with series co-star Jussie Smollett. The following May, Keys released "In Common" as a prelude to her sixth studio album and made her third musical guest appearance on Saturday Night Live. A few months later, she began a stint as a coach on The Voice and contributed "Back to Life" to the soundtrack for Queen of Katwe. Here, led by the biographical single "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)," arrived that November. ~ Andrew Leahey & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Alicia Keys - VH1 Storytellers (Live)

1. No One (Live)

2. Brand New Me (Live)

3. You Don't Know My Name (Live)

4. Empire State Of Mind, Pt. II - Broken Down (Live)

5. Not Even The King (Live)

6. Fallin' (Live)

7. If I Ain't Got You (Live)

8. Girl On Fire (Live)

9. New Day (Live)

10. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart (Live)

11. Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready) (Live)

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Track List: Girl On Fire

1. De Novo Adagio (Intro)

2. Brand New Me

3. When It's All Over

4. Listen To Your Heart

5. New Day

6. Girl On Fire (Inferno Version)

7. Fire We Make

8. Tears Always Win

9. Not Even The King

10. That's When I Knew

11. Limitedless

12. One Thing

13. 101

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Track List: The Element Of Freedom

1. Element Of Freedom (Intro)

2. Love Is Blind

3. Doesn't Mean Anything

4. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

5. Wait Til You See My Smile

6. That's How Strong My Love Is

7. Unthinkable (I'm Ready)

8. Love Is My Disease

9. Like The Sea

10. Put It In A Love Song

11. This Bed

12. Distance And Time

13. How It Feels To Fly

14. Empire State Of Mind (Part II)

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Track List: As I Am

1. As I Am (Intro)

2. Go Ahead

3. Superwoman

4. No One

5. Like You'll Never See Me Again

6. Lesson Learned

7. Wreckless Love

8. The Thing About Love

9. Teenage Love Affair

10. I Need You

11. Where Do We Go From Here

12. Prelude To A Kiss

13. Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise)

14. Sure Looks Good To Me

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Track List: Unplugged

1. Intro: Alicia's Prayer (Acappella) (Live)

2. Karma (Live)

3. Heartburn (Live)

4. A Woman's Worth (Live)

5. Unbreakable (Live)

6. How Come You Don't Call Me (Live)

7. If I Was Your Woman (Live)

8. If I Ain't Got You (Live)

9. Every Little Bit Hurts (Live)

10. Streets Of New York (City Life) (Live)

11. Wild Horses (feat. Adam Levine) (Live)

12. Diary (Live)

13. You Don't Know My Name (Live)

14. Stolen Moments (Live)

15. Fallin' (Live)

16. Love It Or Leave It Alone (feat. Mos Def & Common) / Welcome To Jamrock (feat. Damian Marley, Mos Def, Common & Friends) (Live)

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Track List: The Diary Of Alicia Keys

1. Harlem's Nocturne

2. Karma

3. Heartburn

4. If I Was Your Woman / Walk On By

5. You Don't Know My Name

6. If I Ain't Got You

7. Diary (feat. Tony! Toni! Tone!)

8. Dragon Days

9. Wake Up

10. So Simple

11. When You Really Love Someone

12. Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude)

13. Slow Down

14. Samsonite Man

15. Nobody Not Really

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Track List: Songs In A Minor

1. Piano & I

2. Girlfriend

3. How Come You Don't Call Me

4. Fallin'

5. Troubles

6. Rock Wit U

7. A Woman's Worth

8. Jane Doe

9. Goodbye

10. The Life

11. Mr. Man

12. Never Felt This Way (Interlude)

13. Butterflyz

14. Why Do I Feel So Sad

15. Caged Bird

16. Lovin U

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Track List: 28 Thousand Days (Single)

1. 28 Thousand Days

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Track List: Back To Life (From The Motion Picture 'Queen Of Katwe') (Single)

1. Back To Life

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Track List: Blended Family (What You Do For Love) (Single)

1. Blended Family (What You Do For Love) (Feat. A$AP Rocky)

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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)

1. Girl On Fire

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Track List: HERE

1. The Beginning (Interlude)

2. The Gospel

8. Illusion Of Bliss

10. Work On It

14. More Than We Know

15. Where Do We Begin Now

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Track List: Hallelujah (Single)

1. Hallelujah

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Track List: Holy War (Single)

1. Holy War

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Track List: In Common (Single)

1. In Common

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Track List: In Common (The Remixes) - EP

1. In Common (Lil Silva Remix)

2. In Common (Xpect Remix)

3. In Common (Kenny Dope Remix)

4. In Common (Kenny Dope Extended Mix)

5. In Common (Black Coffee Remix)

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Track List: It's On Again (Single)

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Track List: Throught It All (Radio Single)

1. Through It All

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Track List: We Are Here (Single)

1. We Are Here

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LOL your songs
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1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a weekend
5. Say your name
6. Open your hands
7. Post this on 15 different other songs and your crush will say they like you and they would like to date you on the day you picked
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Love this song :)
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Say iphone 5 times
Pick a color
Put this on 2 other songs
Then look under your pillow
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Love it do much
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Kiss your hand 10 times then say your crushes name then post this on 3 songs then look at your hand
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love this song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Loss,lp
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Kiss your hand 10 times then say your crushes name then post this in 3 songs then look at your hand
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Kiss your hand 10 times then say your crushes name then post this in 3 songs then look at your hand
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Kiss your hand 10 times then say your crushes name then post this in 3 songs then look at your hand
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Kiss your hand 10 times then say your crushes name then post this in 3 songs then look at your hand
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Kiss your hand 10 times then say your crushes name then post this in 3 songs then look at your hand
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Love you
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She is very talented
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She's such an inspiration! ! !
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( the song no one )
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Good song for strong and faithful relationship s � also friendships !����
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I love the song No one
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Love this song!
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I �� your music
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Mama. Your awsome
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I have always listened to your music ever since i was little and i am still young but i love your music you are like my idol.
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Ur inspirationa l I lived u on the voice
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Alica Keys I love your voice it's like angels sing���� . I love your style������� . I love how you sing its like you taking a story�� and your beautiful. You are favorite artist��❕❕❕❕
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Love your hair style
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I live in Suffolk
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I wish I was in L.A. today!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Alicia Keys I love your voice &I,m a fan of your songs
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Alica keys I love your voice
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I recently saw Alicia on the today show. Her energy is so uplifting and motivating.i t s not every day that I get to meet a person who is so spiritual,bu t every time I see this talented beyond beautiful woman without any makeup ! who's energy moves me thru just photos,telev i s i o n , a n d music.
Imagine to feel all this from a person that Doesn't even know me.
That's the universe working in its mysterious ways.
You Go Girl!!!!
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I love Alisha Keys. But I think Prince had something to do with this song. ❤it tho
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True love and ways of life
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You are so great��
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Ok
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I really didn't listen to Alicia's music Until blended family came out and I am a really big fan I love Alicia cause she's her self she doesn't care what people think about anything so I love u Alicia and I hope u come out with more song like blended family and holy war ��❤️
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Love this song so much
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Best singer ever
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Hi
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Good singer ����
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You are my favorite singer I listen to all of your music
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Say iPhone 5 then pick a color then comet this 15 times and then look under your pillow
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I love Alicia key��������
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Kiss your left hand say you're crush name say you're name pick a school day you're crush will ask you out
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Hugs and kisses to you ALICIA Keys to move to the right place to stay in the morning and evening of you who are you looking for the first time in my life and I have to go to bed and I will be a great time to get the best of all the other hand is not the same thing as the first one is a good time for me to do it for you to know that you can also be used for the first to
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