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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

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Luv luv this song...lyric s are so on and her voice is so amazing...
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Kiss your hand and say your crushes name then say the date you want them to kiss you then post this on five different songs
no one
This girl is raw talent in it's truest form, the new millenniums al green, marvin gaye, gladys knight and the stones all in one!!!
She is just a girl and she's on fire
People have there own mouth and own opions but they should keep there mouth shut if nothing is going to come out nice
You guys say she isn't famous but she is still well known isn't the meaning of famous I love this girl I've been waiting for this song OMG
@safranco0 she is still famous
billabongcp
Safranco0 saying she isn't famous anymore. LMFAO, she has MANY Grammys, two shy of Beyonce. How can you sit there and say she's not famous? LMFAO. Sit back and enjoy her music. Stop hating on a TRUE and GENUINE artist.
I love her
She isnt famous anymore
If I copy and paste this on 10 songs in the next 30 minutes you'll have the best day of your life you will be either kissed or asked out if you don't you will see a little dead girl in your room in 30 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
<3 mi principio y fin, adios descansa , hasta otra vida.. Donde pueda ser almenos existente para ti y no solo la que llamabas y de quien decias ser a escondidas Joshua..
I love her songs. She is very pretty and she can dress
I love this song it so perfect
sheba_jd
When are Alicia Keys & John Legend going to collaborate? It's time.
Hi Alicia u da best Star EVER !
Kool
Yeah.. Real ppl know what's REALLY UP...
Hell yeah.... burn baby ..burn baby ..
Hi
xadirlamarr
I like your music
Mi'tasia
I Love you
Nicke
Hi
this world like so messed up !! by reading comet like that do you really think like that !! go buy a heart !! you stupid fools !! man for reals i wonder how treated your mom!! sad!!your probably a loser i wish i was a man so i can kick your a...!! you know any one that talks bad about something like this !! need to go hangout with the devil and rot!! jerk!! serious its fun being hurt and sad!! loser!! i dont want get mad !! you anit worth it !!! lowlife just buy iwhat you say !! so mayb
when you look at me i just want to cry !! but i smile !! but you just dont know!! cant never ever exsplain!!!
i want god to move my family very far from this place !! becuase its saddest place i have ever been and know my son !! you will see your wrong !! i promise!! its ugle to be lonely and enjoy being picked on !! i can amagine this ever!!! and you had the best mom!! i dont why!!!
F6
I love this song
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 ;)
njeniseramz
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.
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