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By mixing R&B with a sultry dose of neo-soul, Alicia Keys became an international star in 2001 with the release of her debut album. Songs in A Minor sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of availability and eventually moved over ten million units worldwide, thus setting the stage for the 20 year-old's long career. Although she shared the charts with R&B contemporaries like Destiny's Child, Keys' talent distinguished her as a different sort of diva, one who played a variety of instruments and penned the majority of her songs without outside help. The Diary of Alicia Keys cemented ...

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Updated June 28, 2013
Representing the depth of her impressive musical catalog which spans over a decade, this week the incomparable Alicia ...
Alicia Keys has been bringing the DRA-MA these days! And nope, I don't mean the Amanda Bynes variety, but rather the ...
There is a huge MTV Buzz around global superstar Alicia Keys who has just released her 5th studio album 'Girl On Fire.' ...
MTV BUZZ is a new initiative connecting MTV’s global audience of passionate music fans with the hottest new videos from ...
Alicia Keys has released her debut video "Girl On Fire" from her newest LP with the same name.
The video reminds us ...
Alicia Keys has a brand new single called "New Day" to whet your appetite for her upcoming album that follows her 2009 ...
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They say you shouldn’t ask a lady her age and I guess we shouldn’t really publicise the fact either but these ladies ...
The 2011 BET Awards belonged to Chris Brown with his mind blowing performances, collaborations, and wins for Best Male ...
Alicia Keys gave birth Thursday to Egypt Daoud Dean, her son with producer husband Swizz Beatz. "Swizz 'Kaseem Dean' ...
Alicia Keys has finally let the world know what we all thought - greatest is on the way. In the form of a tiny bump ...
Set in the backdrop of a dusty tumbleweed town, Alicia Keys latest video - The Unthinkable cleverly transports us from ...
Alicia Keys is taking female empowerment to the next level by using the internet and her star status to find the ...

The 'Girlfriend' singer almost quit the music industry when her grandmother passed away in 2006 but has learned to

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The new Alicia Keys album will feature a duet with Beyoncé, it has been revealed.

The soul singers have joined

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Alicia Keys is hosting a live charity concert on December 1st that will stream globally on YouTube.

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Alicia Keys upcoming LP, The Element of Freedom, is set to release on December 15th with it's two singles already

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Alicia Keys dropped her brand new single , Doesn't Mean Anything, on her official website yesterday. It comes from

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Alicia Keys says music saved her from a troubled youth.

The 'No One' singer grew up in the tough Hell's Kitchen

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The 2011 BET (Black Entertainment Awards) rolled out in sizzling style with the top artists performing and being applauded for their outstanding contribution to popular music.

Full Biography

By mixing R&B with a sultry dose of neo-soul, Alicia Keys became an international star in 2001 with the release of her debut album. Songs in A Minor sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of availability and eventually moved over ten million units worldwide, thus setting the stage for the 20 year-old's long career. Although she shared the charts with R&B contemporaries like Destiny's Child, Keys' talent distinguished her as a different sort of diva, one who played a variety of instruments and penned the majority of her songs without outside help. The Diary of Alicia Keys cemented her popularity two years later, and Alicia Keys spent the rest of the decade refining her now-signature sound.

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. Alicia Keys 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.