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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. ~ 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: Doesn't Mean Anything (Radio Single)

1. Doesn't Mean Anything

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Track List: Empire State Of Mind (Part II) (Radio Single)

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

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Track List: Fire We Make (Michael Brun Remixes) (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: Hallelujah (Single)

1. Hallelujah

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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: No One (Radio Single)

1. No One

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Track List: Throught It All (Radio Single)

1. Through It All

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Track List: Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart (Radio Single)

1. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

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Track List: We Are Here (Single)

1. We Are Here

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LOVE U
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This song is my motivation when I feel down
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I love Alicia Keys and everything she stands for. I look up to her because she is a powerful woman. I love her music.
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One of my favorite songs. And the msg in this song!
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Alicia Keys is an awesome singer. I love her music and her music videos. She's one of the best singers out there. Just love her.
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you songs inspire me! Love you voice, awesome.
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I love your songs girl
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Me precious I
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I love This Woman. I took my daughter,yea r s ago,and She WAS GREAT!!
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No one is my song
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Love your new song "In Common"
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Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
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I so love Alicia Keys she is the epitome of what real R&B music is!!! Keep up the dynamic work.��
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don't read this.you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life.don't stop reading this. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 mins.when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen
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Ak awesome
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I love your music.Keep on doing your music.you are so beautiful and amazing you can play the piano like nothing don't listen to the haters out there.I am a fan of your music.����☺️
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Go girl
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Go girl
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I hate interruption
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Love the song no one
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Hey guys follow me I will follow you back thanks
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Love the song common
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Pink
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Say i phone 5 times. Post this to three different songs.then look under your pillow.
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I love your songs
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best be day of your life dont stop reading this if you are reading this you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 when you are done press the space bar and you crushes name will appear in big letters it is so creepy because it actually works
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I love her ����
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i sang fallin for my 8th grade talent show and got 1st place
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I lost respect for her with the whole Swizz Beats situation. I thought she was classier than that. However, she is extremely talented and I still like her music.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but you won't die) in two days. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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I love youuuuuu I'm like your biggest fan���������
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Do the thing allday
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Alicia keys I love u ❤️❤️❤️
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life don't stop reading this if you are reading this you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters its so creepy because it actually works
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You are awesome Alicia keys
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Or the best Alicia keys ur the reasons why I try to be happy even when I shouldn't stay awesome and always play from the heart ��
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Omg my new favorite song is "In Common"�����
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Love the song this girl is on fire
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Good song
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I hate your music
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