Alicia Keys

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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.

Alicia Keys: Net worth
Alicia Keys has a net worth of $45 million according to The Richest (2013).

Alicia Keys: 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.

Alicia Keys: 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.

Alicia Keys: 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 - We Are Here

15th September 2014 -

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With an intended late 2014 release date for her upcoming sixth studio album, Alicia Keys has released a live video for her new single, 'We Are Here'. The video comes following the single's recent release...

Alicia Keys - We Are Here (Audio)

12th September 2014 -

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With an apparent sixth studio album to possibly be released in late 2014, Alicia Keys has released the audio for her new track, 'We Are Here'. The song features lyrics that suggests forgiveness and loving,...

Coolest Parents You Could Ask For: Alicia Keys And Swizz Beatz Expecting Another Baby

31st July 2014 -

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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...

Emma Stone Is Joined By Paul Giamatti At 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' NY Premiere - Part 5

30th April 2014 -

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' stars Emma Stone and Paul Giamatti made their entrances on the red carpet at the New York premiere of the movie. The actors play Spider-Man's love interest Gwen Stacy and his...

Alicia Keys - It's On Again (from The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

22nd April 2014 -

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Alicia Keys has released the video for 'It's On Again' featuring Kendrick Lamar; her offering to 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' soundtrack which has finally been released following the movie's international premiere.

Carole King Named MusiCares Person Of The Year, Honored By Fellow Musicians

25th January 2014 -

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At Friday night’s MusiCares gala, Carole King was most definitely the star of the night – and the year, as she was honored with MusiCares’ Person of the Year award. More than 2000 admirers filled...

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22nd January 2014 -

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Katy Perry appeared as the cover girl for the February issue of GQ magazine, where amongst other things, she revealed that she genuinely believes in extraterrestrial beings and that we are not alone. She also...

Alicia Keys Ends Partnership with Blackberry After Only One Year

3rd January 2014 -

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Alicia Keys made a surprising move less than a year ago, by announcing a new partnership with Blackberry. But less than a year later, that love affair is over. The company has faced a tough...

Alicia Keys Is Stunning In Red Satin At Keep A Child Alive Black Ball - Part 3

12th November 2013 -

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'Girl On Fire' hitmaker Alicia Keys looked stunning in a red satin gown as she posed on the proverbial red carpet alongside her hip hop husband of three years Swizz Beatz at the 10th Annual...

Alicia Keys Makes The Keep A Child Alive Black Ball A Family Affair - Part 2

11th November 2013 -

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R&B star Alicia Keys appears with her husband Swizz Beatz and adorable 3-year-old son Egypt Daoud Dean on the red carpet at the 10th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball held at the Hammerstein...

Muscle Shoals

3rd October 2013 -

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When Rick Hall opened up his record studio FAME Studios in the small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, it became something of a rock 'n' roll myth when some of the finest music ever written...

Kings Of Leon Crowned Rulers Of The Charts With 'Mechanical Bull'

30th September 2013 -

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Kings of Leon are celebrating yet another chart-topping album with their new and sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull. Sufficiently tantalised by the teasing stream of singles we've heard in recent months, such as 'Supersoaker,' fans...

Global Citizen Festival: A Celebration Of Unity With Stevie Wonder In Central Park

30th September 2013 -

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Has there ever been a festival more rooted in positivity, unity and optimism for change than last weekend's Global Citizen Festival? The charitable event raised awareness about serious world issues and also saw soul legend...

Kings of Leon Rock Global Citizen 2013 In The Name Of Ending Worldwide Poverty

29th September 2013 -

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The Global Citizen festival is now in full swing after a roaring start last night (Saturday, September 28,) courtesy of Kings of Leon. The band played to an enthusiastic crowd of some 60,000 people, with...

The Golden Citizen Festival Attracted Huge Musical Stars Who Performed In Front Of 60,000 Spectators

29th September 2013 -

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On Saturday (Sept 28th) Central Park in New York hosted a special charity concert that saw stars such as John Mayer, Alicia Keys and Kings Of Leon perform their hit singles to a capacity crowd...

Muscle Shoals

27th September 2013 -

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Muscle Shoals was just a town in Alabama with an extraordinary habit of producing some of the finest music in the world. It started out with Rick Hall and his FAME Studios, producing hits from...

Beyonce 50 Million Pepsi Deal And Other Massive Celebrity Endorsements

5th August 2013 -

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Beyonce's £50 million Pepsi deal opened up a wider debate on celebrities, advertising and promotion last year, with Mrs Carter seemingly having no qualms selling sugary carbonated drinks despite helping Michelle Obama's Let's Move fitness...

Are The Rolling Stones Boycotting Florida and Its 'Stand Your Ground' Law?

24th July 2013 -

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The list of artists supposedly boycotting Florida because of the controversial Stand Your Ground law reads like a who’s who of modern music. Usher, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna, R. Kelly, Wale, Jay Z,...

Jay Z & Justin Timberlake Take Chicago By Storm At Soldier Field

23rd July 2013 -

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R&B star Justin Timberlake and rapper Jay Z took their Magna Carta Holy Grail joint show to a sold out concert to the Chicago's Soldier Fields stop on their world tour. Their gig was certainly...

Kings of Leon's 'Supersoaker' Is First Single from 'Mechanical Bull' [Listen]

18th July 2013 -

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Kings of Leon have released 'Supersoaker,' the first single from their forthcoming album Mechanical Bull. The soulful effort features the band's signature anthemic guitar bursts and Caleb Followill's scowling vocals. All in all, it's pretty...

Lauryn Hill Begins Three Month Stay In Prison For Tax Evasion

9th July 2013 -

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Lauryn Hill is officially a jail bird, as the rapper/singer has begun her three month stay behind bars for tax evasion charges. According to TMZ, Hill checked into the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury on...

A Week In Music - Alicia Keys Is On Fire, Professor Green Engineers Return And The Rolling Stones Threaten Glastonbury Black Out

3rd June 2013 -

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A Week In Reviews... This week saw 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys head to the UK for a series of dates, and boy did it seem that the girl really was on fire. A storming...

Alicia Keys - MEN Arena 24th May 2013 Live Review

30th May 2013 -

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As a 16-year-old, Alicia Keys was a soulful pianist telling us the intimate details of her diary. Since then she's won 14 Grammys, done a Bond theme song and sung at the Superbowl. As a...

Alicia Keys Talks "Tears Always Win" And Nicki Minaj Collaboration

11th May 2013 -

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Fresh off the highly talked about Met ball earlier this week, Alicia Keys jetted off to Vegas to film the music video for her new single Tears Always Win. The track is the latest release...

Alicia Keys Makes Emotional First Performance Of 'Tears Always Win'

10th May 2013 -

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Alicia Keys debuted her brand new single 'Tears Always Win' on 'American Idol' last night (May 9th 2013) to a thrilling reception from the crowd.The fourteen-time Grammy winner gave an emotional vocal and piano performance...

A Week In Music - Alicia Keys Girl On Fire Promotion Still Going, Cayucas Debut Makes For The Perfect Summer Listen And Latest Michael Jackson Court Case Begins

7th May 2013 -

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A Week In Videos... She might have just wrapped up her Set The World On Fire tour, but the promotional drive for Alicia Keys fifth album Girl On Fire rolls on, with the multi-million selling...

Alicia Keys - New Day

1st May 2013 -

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Fourteen-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Alicia Keys' highly anticipated forthcoming single 'New Day' will be released by J/RCA Records on 9th June 2013. This announcement comes hot off the heels of Keys wrapping up...

Miguel Confirmed To Support Alicia Keys On Uk Leg Of The World On Fire Tour 2013

11th March 2013 -

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Fourteen-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and producer Alicia Keys announces that Grammy nominated American artist Miguel will be supporting her on some of the dates of the UK leg of her forthcoming Set the...

Alicia Keys’ Son Egypt Kisses Beyonces Daughter Blue Ivy, Jay Z Gets Protective

20th February 2013 -

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Forget Chris Brown and Drake, or Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, or Rick Ross and most gangs; there’s a new rivalry in the rap world. Jay-Z’s got beef with a 2-year-old.The trouble kicked off when...

55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail to Impress

8th February 2013 -

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Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'. Celebrating the best in pop, hiphop, soul, R&B and much...

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Grammy winner Alicia Keys has supported Barack Obama: WHAT did Barack Obama do for our Troops? WHAT did Barack Obama do to our SACRED right to have our Votes counted? DEMOCRATIC MOTTO IS COUNT EVERY VOTE Congradulations Hillary-America Knows You WON. How did Barack Obama "win" 68% to 32% in the Democratic Party Run and Paid for Caucus States(check how he "won" Votes and Delegates in Mich igan) IRREFUTABLE FACT: After all the 2008 Presidential Primary Votes were counted and Certified, not only did Hillary Clinton receive more Votes than her rival Barack Obama, she has received more Votes than any other Presidential Primary candidate in History.

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Alicia Key' "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" video is being featured on VH1. Head over to www.vh1.com/video/play.jhtml?id=1625321&vid=457051 to check it out. We love it what do you think?

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Hi Alicia, You are my Idol and inspire me to write music. I am a 19 year old female singer/songwriter and dancer,in my second semester of college and very talented. I am seeking advice and encouragement from you as regards my writing and how to get my music out there. Usually I write people in business and I never get a response. It depresses me when I don't get a response from people I ask for help. However I would like to invite you to my webpage www.myspace.com/janellechantelle to listen to my music and critique my lyrics. I understand that you or your manager had an opportunity to listen briefly to one of my songs some time ago. The name of the song is 'Old School Love.' Don't know how true that is, but I was told this by a local radio announcer in Tampa, Florida. Can you give me some ideas as to how to bring my dream to reality please? Janelle AKA J'Nelle

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