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Alicia Keys

Born: 25 / 1 / 1981

Location: United States

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Alicia Keys

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer and songwriter. A classically trained pianist, Keys started composing songs when she was 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records and soon released her debut studio album, Songs in A Minor (2001) through J Records. The album became a critical and commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide and receiving five Grammy Awards in 2002. It contained the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'." Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003) was met with continued success, selling eight million units worldwide and spawning the singles "You Don't Know My Name," "If I Ain't Got You", and "Diary." The album earned an additional four Grammy Awards.Her 2004 duet with Usher, "My Boo" became her second number-one single. Keys released her first live album, Unplugged (2005), and became the first female artist to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one. Her third album, As I Am (2007) sold seven million units worldwide and produced the Hot 100 number-one single "No One." In 2007, Keys made her film debut in the action-thriller film Smokin' Aces, and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Quantum of Solace with her single "Another Way to Die" (with Jack White) the following year. Her fourth album, The Element of Freedom (2009) became her first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom, and sold four million copies worldwide. The album included the hit singles "Doesn't Mean Anything", "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart", "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)". Keys's collaboration with Jay-Z on his 2009 single "Empire State of Mind", became her fourth number-one single in the United States. Her fifth album, Girl on Fire (2012) became her fourth non-consecutive album to peak the Billboard 200—supported by its successful lead single of the same name—while her sixth studio album, Here (2016) peaked at number two. Her seventh and eighth studio albums, Alicia (2020) and Keys (2021), spawned the singles "Show Me Love" (featuring Miguel), "Underdog", "Lala" and "Best of Me". In 2022, she released her ninth studio album and first independent release, Santa Baby. In 2023, she wrote, composed and co-produced her first Off-Broadway musical, Hell’s Kitchen.


2001 Songs in A minor
2003 The Diary of Alicia Keys
2007 As I Am
2009 The Element of Freedom
2012 Girl on Fire

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