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Alicia Keys (born Alicia J. Augello-Cook, 25.1.1985)
Alicia Keys is an American-born R&B musician. She has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and won a number of high-profile awards, including 11 Grammy Awards, 11 Billboard Awards and three American Music Awards.
Net worth: Alicia Keys has a net worth of $45 million according to The Richest (2013).
Childhood: Alicia was born in Harlem, New York, to Teresa Augello (of Irish and Scottish heritage) and Craig Cook (a Jamaican). Her parents separated when she was young and she was raised by her mother in Manhattan. In 1985, she played one of a group of girls at Rudy Huxtable's sleepover in hit comedy show, The Cosby Show. She began to play the piano aged seven and attended the Professional Performing Arts School aged only 16.
Career: Keys dropped out of university to pursue her musical career and signed a demo deal with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label. She co-wrote a track for the Men In Black film soundtrack, entitled `Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing), though it was never released as a single. Arista records - now disbanded - signed Alicia Keys, but when the company ceased to exist, Keys followed Clive Davis, who instigated the signing, to his new label, J Records. She wrote two more soundtrack songs, `Rock Wit U' for Shaft and `Rear View Mirror', for Dr. Dolittle 2. She then released her debut solo album, Songs In A Minor in 2001. Songs In A Minor sold over 235,000 copies in its first week and went on sell in excess of 10 million copies worldwide. The first single from the album, `Fallin'' received a great deal of radio airplay on many different stations and spent six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100's number one spot. As a result of the praise for the album, Alicia Keys is one of the five female artists who have won five Grammy Awards in a single night. The others are Lauryn Hill (1999), Norah Jones (2003), Beyonce (2004) and Amy Winehouse (2008). Alicia Keys also wrote, played piano, produced and sang backing vocals for Christina Aguilera's song `Impossible' from Aguilera's 2002 album, stripped. Key's second album was entitled The Diary of Alicia Keys and was released in 2003. It became the sixth biggest-selling album by a female artist and the second biggest-selling album by and R&B artist. It has sold over nine million copies worldwide. In 2005, Alicia Keys joined Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones on a performance of `Georgia On My Mind,' a song made famous by Ray Charles in 1980. She won four Grammy Awards that night and was nominated for a fifth. In 2005, Keys released a recording of her MTV Unplugged performance, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. Rappers Common and Mos Def collaborated with Keys as part of the performance, as well as Damien Marley (son of Bob Marley) and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, with whom she performed a cover of The Rolling Stones song, `Wild Horses.' Key's third studio album, As I Am, was released in 2007. The album achieved first-week sales of 742,000 copies: the largest sales week of Key's career. The lead single `No One' earned the singer a further two Grammy Awards. She opened the ceremony with an unusual duet, featuring footage of the deceased Frank Sinatra, singing his 1950's song `Learnin' The Blues.' She teamed up with Jack White on the 'Quantum of Solace' theme tune which became the first ever duet Bond song. In 2009, she featured on 'Empire State of Mind' by Jay-Z which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won two Grammys. She became the first non-Hispanic to top the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart when she collaborated with Alejandro Sanz on 'Looking for Paradise'. Alicia's fourth studio album 'The Element Of Freedom' was released in 2009 for which the lead single was 'Doesn't Mean Anything'. It was her first album to top the UK Album Chart. She teamed up with Beyonce on third single 'Put It in a Love Song'. Her fifth album, 'Girl On Fire', came out in 2012 and featured a song co-written by Emeli Sandé called 'Not Even the King'. She teamed up with Kendrick Lamar on the track 'It's on Again' from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. She has been involved in various advertising campaigns including Dove Go Fresh in 2008, Glacéau's VitaminWater, American Express and Reebok. She also co-released an iOS app with Bento Box Interactive called 'The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee'. In 2013, she was named Global Creative Director of BlackBerry. In the 2000's, Keys made a number of bit-part appearances in TV shows such as Charmed and American Dreams. Her big-screen debut came in early 2007 when she co-starred in Smokin' Aces, alongside Ben Affleck and Ray Liotta. She went on to star in an adaptation of The Nanny Diaries alongside Scarlett Johansson. In 2008, she appeared in 'The Secret Life of Bees' opposite Jennifer Hudson and Dakota Fanning.
Personal life: Alicia caused controversy by asserting that 'Gangsta rap' was a ploy created by the government to induce black people to be violent towards each other. In 2009, it was announced that she was in a relationship with producer Swizz Beatz. The pair married in 2010 and welcomed their first child, Egypt Daoud Ibarr Dean.
Alicia Keys has announced a one-off concert at London’s Village Underground on Thursday (26May16).
The show will feature an intimate performance from the award-winning singer-songwriter, with a number of special guests also expected to appear on the night.
The show comes as Alicia is set to make history as the first artist to perform at the UEFA Champions League Final this weekend (28-29May16). The Unbreakable singer will be the inaugural artist to perform at the event and will premiere new songs before the match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (more commonly known as San Siro) stadium in Milan on Saturday (28May16).
Alicia recently dropped the video for new single In Common, her first in four years, from her upcoming sixth studio album due for release later this year. She also performed the aforementioned Illangelo-produced song on NBC's Saturday Night Live (07May16) as well as a new song titled Hallelujah.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys Announces Intimate London Gig
Miley Cyrus insists there will be no dramatics between her and Alicia Keys on The Voice.
The 23-year-old singer is known for courting controversy with her often outrageous comments. But as she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (17May16), Miley told the host that she and Alicia have nothing but love for one another.
"I think The Voice this year is going to be very fun because we got Alicia and it's the first year there's two girls," Miley smiled.
"We (Alicia and I) were together today and it's like a total lovefest. Her and I are both extremely mellow. I think people, when they put girls on TV, they (think), 'This is how we're going to get the ratings up because there's going to be drama and there's going to be cat fights.' They're thinking that we're just going to bring kind of the dramatics to the show and we couldn't be more opposite."
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus: 'It's A Total Lovefest With Me And Alicia Keys'
Alicia Keys will publicly celebrate her mum in a TV special to mark America's Mother's Day.
The A Woman's Worth singer will take centre stage during the VH1 event to salute Terria Joseph, who raised Alicia and her brother as a single mum, in honour of the holiday on 8 May (16).
Alicia, who shares two boys with her husband Swizz Beatz, will be joined by Queen Latifah and her mum, Rita Owens, and Will Smith's kids Trey, Jaden and Willow, who will show their love for their mum Jada Pinkett Smith, reports Entertainment Tonight.
Actor Anthony Anderson will host the Mother's Day special.
Alicia Keys will debut new music from her upcoming album next month (May16).
The Grammy Award-winning singer will be making the first-ever live musical performance as a part of the opening ceremony for the UEFA Champions League Final in Italy on 28 May (16), and she plans to use the platform to introduce new songs to fans. The multi-talented star has been working on a follow-up to her 2012 studio album Girl on Fire, but remains coy about exactly which songs she will perform at the event, which will be broadcast to 220 countries and is expected reach an estimated global audience of 180 million viewers.
"I have to leave it as a surprise for sure 'cause that's part of the fun of it," Alicia told Billboard magazine. "But you're definitely going to hear some new music."
With a global stage to launch her new work, the 35-year-old is keen to put her own creative stamp on the show, which will be held at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys Set To Debut New Music At Soccer Ceremony
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz's five-year-old son is lending his production skills to rap icon Q-Tip's new album.
Little Egypt Dean has already displayed his impressive beatmaking talent by contributing to Kendrick Lamar's track untitled 07 2014 - 2016, from his surprise album untitled unmastered., with superproducer Swizz going public with his boy's involvement on Instagram last month (Mar16).
Now the proud dad has revealed Egypt has been hitting the studio with A Tribe Called Quest legend Q-Tip, after posting new footage of the pair at work on social media.
In the video clip, the kid is shown using a drum pad as Q-Tip sings along in the background.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys' Son Working With Q-tip
U.S. President Barack Obama has met with musicians including Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys and Common to discuss efforts to keep his My Brother's Keeper initiative going beyond 2017.
The leader launched the campaign, which aims to support programs that keep young people of colour out of legal trouble, in 2014, and he wants to ensure it continues long after his presidency comes to an end next year (17).
He invited a number of top R&B and hip-hop acts to the White House on Friday (15Apr16) to help him tackle the issue, with guests also including Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Ludacris, Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, Wale, and DJ Khaled.
"Today I met @barackobama," Khaled wrote on Instagram.com. "Had the biggest... talk you could imagine. Me and my brother j cole talking more wins more blessings... @barackobama thank u for the invite. I'm so inspired. BLESS UP #mybrotherskeeper..."
Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys have been announced as the new judges on The Voice.
"It's true! I am going to be the newest judge on Season 11 of The Voice," the Wrecking Ball hitmaker confirmed on Twitter. She added on Instagram, "Season 11 s**t is gonna go offffff (sic)! I can't wait!"
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus And Alicia Keys Join The Voice
Alicia Keys and producer husband Swizz Beatz's five-year-old son is starting his music career early as a co-producer for Kendrick Lamar's new album.
The Alright star surprised fans last Thursday night (03Mar16) by releasing a new album, untitled unmastered., without any advance notice. The disc features eight tracks which did not make it onto his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly, including one named "untitled 07 2014 – 2016".
Shortly after Kendrick dropped the disc on digital platforms and streaming services, producer Swizz took to Instagram.com to reveal that his son Egypt had a hand in creating the beats for untitled 07 2014 – 2016.
"This is the best Dad moment everrrrr (sic)!!!," Swizz wrote. "Congrats to my son Egypt for producing his 1st track on this amazing Kendrick Album he's only 5yrs old wowwwwwww @aliciakeys look at our lil guy baby. thx #Kendrick for investing in the future !!!"
Continue reading: Alicia Keys' Young Son Co-produced Track For Kendrick Lamar
Singer Alicia Keys' longtime sidekick has become the star's new manager.
The multi-Grammy Award winner has hired Erika Rose to take on her business affairs after ending her links to Maverick and music mogul Guy Oseary, who has managed her since 2014.
Erika started out as Alicia's road manager before becoming an integral part of the singer's creative and business projects, handling her album launches and tours, as well as movie and charity projects.
She became the artist's official co-manager in 2010 when the New Yorker signed with Red Light Management.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys Adds Girl Power To Management
Married singer Alicia Keys has recorded a special Valentine's Day (14Feb16) message for U.S. politician Paul Ryan, urging him to act on criminal justice reform.
The No One star and social activist has reached out to the Republican House Speaker in a flirty YouTube.com video, in which she offers to be his date for the most romantic day of the year if he helps to push through legislation to end the mass incarceration of non-violent crime offenders across the U.S.
Keys, who has long advocated for the cause, addresses Ryan directly in the clip, in which the sultry singer compliments the fitness fanatic by referring to old photos of the 46-year-old lifting weights.
"I never saw the Speaker of the House working out before," Keys gushes. "He must be cool. Are you cool, Paul? Show me how cool you are. In fact you can even maybe be my Valentine if you help me spread some love."
Dee Ocleppo, Tommy Hilfiger, Alicia Keys , Kerry Washington - Limited Edition Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Launch at The Plaza Hotel - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 24th September 2015
Date of birth
25th January, 1981
jasmine abounds all around letting the scent fill me up head to toe Love to you, Milano!! 😘😘 https://t.co/q18ixdx5BI
Beyond excited (& even feeling a lil butterflies!!) to perform for 80,000 of you at the #UCLFinal! #InCommon 5.28.16 https://t.co/9AO0X48zjH
Amen!! Allow yourself to be who you are, as you are, growth comes from that place 🙏🏽🙏🏽 #thekeysofalicia https://t.co/60uFYW5GZT
Loving Milan! #InCommon x #UCLFinal Snap: akstreetgoddess https://t.co/gXZ3POiNdo
London! Come vibe with me this Thursday night!!! Gonna be so ridiculous!! 😎 https://t.co/i0p5gWkvFE https://t.co/rQlb1gQpkH
Let's do this! See you there ;-) https://t.co/j1eXonf49h
LOVE watching your dances & am SO feelin your versions of #InCommon! Can't wait to see more! https://t.co/xv9U1zNpKP https://t.co/kGtUr0KM0N
Let's do this!! Fun + purpose = Us!! https://t.co/1ORhAy43p3
Going into Monday like... ;-) #InCommon https://t.co/v1dnX2wK9f https://t.co/5aotWUEimo
RT @bwerde: Been straight-up obsessed w/this song. She looks as good as she sounds in the just-released video. #InCommon https://t.co/jiZ4…
RT @AnikaNoniRose: Love this song! #InCommon by @aliciakeys https://t.co/RVqxa7YODu
RT @Vevo_AU: Dem beats, dem moves! @aliciakeys has dropped the seriously slick new video for #InCommon https://t.co/X8WcRDgGZM https://t.co…
It’s gonna be 🔥 ⚡️! See you next Saturday in 🇮🇹!! #InCommon #UCLfinal https://t.co/JtizqamWjn
Making me blush over here!! Sending love & respect right back! 😁 😊 https://t.co/OPXbslEqM7
Love this!! You have serious skills mama! #InCommon #SNL https://t.co/CmIJPYD3No
👏 This is beautiful!! And that voice!!! 🔥 #InCommon https://t.co/D5hyB6WOj6
RT @SPINmagazine: .@aliciakeys celebrates individuality with "In Common” video https://t.co/VnUeQ23t5F https://t.co/cRMSWJv6nP
RT @stereogum: See Alicia Keys' new video treatment for "In Common" https://t.co/rojD96eazQ https://t.co/oH6NlzQZYs
RT @EW: Alicia Keys celebrates self-love in #InCommon music video: https://t.co/Fd8G7RAyJd ❤️🙏 https://t.co/VHkOLUGC3G
@DorinYefet I’m feelin’ YOU! #InCommon
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