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 and her husband, rapper and producer Swizz Beatz, have shared a beautiful family photograph which includes the latest addition to their large family. Take a look at the adorable picture of baby Genesis!
Alicia Keys has shared an adorable new family photograph which includes her new born son, Genesis. The 34-year-old uploaded the picture on to Instagram, adding the caption "Blessings and love", on Friday (27th February). Keys and her husband, rapper and producer Swizz Beatz A.K.A. Kasseem Dean, welcomed their second child together, Genesis Ali Dean, on 27th December 2014. The couple already have one son, 4-year-old Egypt Daoud, and Beatz has three children from previous relationships.
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys have shared a beautiful family portrait on Instagram.
The new parents are now in full family bliss mode.
Congrats, Alicia Keys! The soul icon has given birth to her second child, a baby boy named Genesis Ali Dean. The little one was born just a few days after the holidays, on Saturday, December 27th.
Congratulations on the new addition to the family!
"The joy of joy is joy!! It's a boy!!" Key said on Instagram on Sunday. "We are so grateful!!#blessings!!️"
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Emilie SantŽ (l) and Alicia Keys - A variety of pop stars from the music industry were photographed as they performed live at the MTV European Music Awards 2014 which was held at the The Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th November 2014
Released in the UK today, Nas takes us on a journey through his landmark debut 'Illmatic'.
The 1990s marked a turning point for rap and hip hop, with plenty of artists making their mark on the scene with seminal releases. Nas was one of them, and now his landmark debut 'Illmatic' is being explored in a telling documentary, 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic'.
'Time Is Illmatic' explores the legacy of Nas' debut
Like many young black men exposed to rap culture, Nas (born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) was forced to live a life of fear and poverty as a youth, with guns and killings being a thing of daily terror. After his early collaborator Ill Will was shot dead and his brother injured in the process, it was time to write an album revealing the truth about ghetto culture - and the fear and rivalry that comes with it. 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' explores his moving relationship with his parents against the grim backdrop of Queensbridge, as he rose up to become one of the greatest rapstars of all time.
With a jazz musician for a father, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones grew up in a world of music. Knowing from an early age that he wanted to become a rapper, he took a look at the bleak world around him and set to work on writing an album that would deliver a voice to the unheard generation of young black men in America. The result was 'Illmatic', a 1994 landmark that heralded the second coming of the Golden Era of hip hop and a revival of New York's rap scene.
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Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September.
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Gigs in the park are fun and all, but can they really help to end extreme poverty?
So there’s SXSW for the hipsters, Coachella for the fashionable crowd… and then there’s the Global Citizen music festival, which has a different vibe altogether. Held in Central Park, the third annual event featured the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, No Doubt, Sting and fun. The star-packed festival is free to attend and sets itself the ambitious goal of “erasing poverty by 2030.”
After their On The Run success, Bey and Jay graced the Central Park stage in honor of a good cause.
So here’s how it works. The acts all performed for free, with brief speeches by the likes of Jessica Alba, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde speaking in between performances. It was an exercise in raising awareness and putting pressure on world leaders to enact more effective policies on equality. Attendees were also encouraged to take the pledge, which would earn them points to put towards VIP entry.
Super cool couple announce imminent arrival of a sibling for Egypt
American singer Alicia Keys has announced that she is expecting her second child with her husband Swizz Beatz. The recording superstar made the announcement over her Twitter account on Wednesday night, the fourth wedding anniversary of her marriage to the hip-hop artist.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child
The 33 year old ‘Girl On Fire’ singer wrote “Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz! And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!!"
Date of birth
25th January, 1981