Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys


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.

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Alicia Keys Announces Intimate London Gig

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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.

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Miley Cyrus: 'It's A Total Lovefest With Me And Alicia Keys'

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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."

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Alicia Keys To Honour Her Mum With Mother's Day Special

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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 Set To Debut New Music At Soccer Ceremony

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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.

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Alicia Keys' Son Working With Q-tip

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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.

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Nicki Minaj And Alicia Keys Discuss Criminal Justice Initiative With President Obama

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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 "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..."

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Miley Cyrus And Alicia Keys Join The Voice

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U.S. TV station NBC confirmed in a statement on Friday (25Mar16) that the two women will join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on season 11 of the talent show.

Current judges Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams will be leaving after the tenth series comes to an end.

"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!"

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Alicia Keys' Young Son Co-produced Track For Kendrick Lamar

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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 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 !!!"

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Alicia Keys Adds Girl Power To Management

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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.

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Alicia Keys Sends Top U.s. Politician Valentine's Message In Support Of Criminal Justice Reform

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The No One star and social activist has reached out to the Republican House Speaker in a flirty 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."

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Billboard Women In Music 2015

Alicia Keys - Billboard Women In Music 2015 at Cipriani 42nd Street - Arrivals - New York, United States - Friday 11th December 2015

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Billboard Women In Music 2015 - Arrivals

Alicia Keys - Billboard Women in Music 2015 at Cipriani 42nd Street - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Friday 11th December 2015

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Harlem School Of The Arts (HSA) 50th Anniversary Gala

Alicia Keys - Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) 50th Anniversary Gala Kickoff in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 5th October 2015

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Terria Joseph and Alicia Keys
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Terria Joseph and Alicia Keys
Terria Joseph and Alicia Keys
Terria Joseph and Alicia Keys

Purple Purse Launch

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

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New York Premiere Of 'He Named Me Malala'

Alicia Keys - New York premiere of 'He Named Me Malala' at the Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Zeigfeld Theatre, Ziegfeld Theater - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 24th September 2015

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Date of birth

25th January, 1981








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Amen!! Allow yourself to be who you are, as you are, growth comes from that place 🙏🏽🙏🏽 #thekeysofalicia
So beautiful and free!! Keep dancing! 😍 I am so feeling all your versions of #InCommon! 🙌🏽 #repost @seluvaia
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Alicia Keys Movies

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Muscle Shoals Trailer

Muscle Shoals Trailer

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Muscle Shoals Trailer

Muscle Shoals Trailer

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The Secret Life Of Bees Trailer

The Secret Life Of Bees Trailer

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The Secret Life of Bees Movie Review

The Secret Life of Bees Movie Review

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The Nanny Diaries, Trailer Trailer

The Nanny Diaries, Trailer Trailer

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The Nanny Diaries Movie Review

The Nanny Diaries Movie Review

Somewhere between Mary Poppins and Sex and the City lies The Nanny Diaries, an adaptation...

Smokin' Aces Movie Review

Smokin' Aces Movie Review

A double-decker, monster-man sandwich of a movie with all the condiments dripping off and the...

Smokin' Aces - Clip Trailer

Smokin' Aces - Clip Trailer

Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a Vegas card sharp come gangster and former member...

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