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Alicia J. Augello-Cook (ManhattanNew York25 January 1981) is an American artist. She is active as a R & Band soul-songwriter, composer, producer, pianist, singer and actress.

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Biography[Edit]Edit

Keys is the daughter of her Italian-Irish mother, Terri Augello, and a Jamaican father, Craig Cook. She grew up in her hometown New York. On her seventh, they first encountered a piano. She taught classical music of BeethovenMozart and Chopin (her favorite). She wrote her first song when she was fourteen Butterflyz . That number is also on her debut album, Songs in A minor. To a large extent it was her mother who supported her to develop her talents.

Her sources of inspiration include Stevie Wonder, with whom she has performed a number of times already, Marvin GayeDonny HathawayNina Simone, as well asNotorious b.i.g.2PacJay-Z and Wu Tang Clan.

Start: Songs in A Minor[Edit]Edit

In 2001 broke them worldwide by with her debut album Songs in A Minor, and the accompanying singles Fallin' and A woman's Worth. For this album she got a VMA, two Billboard Awards, two American Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Soul Train awards, two World Music Awards, a ECCHO Award and the most important of all: five Grammy Awards. The album entered in the first week, 235,000 copies and has so far sold 12 million copies worldwide. Fallin' is still often seen as Keys ' "signature".

Her breakthrough was in part due to a performance that they gave to Oprah Winfrey, this had her record producer Clive Davis for her can be arranged.

2003-2005: The Diary of Alicia Keys and Unplugged[Edit]Edit

In 2003 she released her second album The Diary of Alicia Keys out. On the album includes the songs "You Don't Know My Name, this was the first single for the album, If I Ain't Got You and Diary. Of this album were sold in the first week 618.000 plates, and is so far gone 8 million units.

In 2004, she released her poetry book, called Tears For Water. This includes both poems as to read the texts of previously released songs.

Around 2005 wanted to do more than sing Keys only. So she played in a gecoproduceerde by Halle Berry film, about a pianist who in the beginning of the 20th century lived, titled ' Compositions in Black & White '.

In October 2005 she released her third album, a live album, recorded on 14 July 2005 in New York. The album is titled MTV Unplugged. The album features mostly songs from her previous records, but there are also a number of new songs. the Unbreakable single did well on the radio.

In november 2005 she began filming of the feature film Smokin' Aces. In this play, among other things, Ben AffleckRyan ReynoldsJeremy Piven and Andy García. Alicia Keys plays a female Assassin. The film was released in January 2007.

2006-2008: As I Am and film career[Edit]Edit

In april 2007 appeared the film The Nanny Diaries, based on the popular novel of the same name, in which Keys next to Scarlett Johansson played a role.

On 13 november 2007, Keys ' album came As I Am from. The album has so far sold about 6 million times worldwide. The single No One became a big hit, and was number one in the charts in several countries. No One In the Netherlands achieved fourth place. Also the second single from the album, Like you'll Never See Me Again, was a success. Later Teenage Love Affair and Superwoman as singles released. As I Amworked among other things to John Mayer, and a number of well-known American songwriters with it.

In 2008 took Keys the song Another Way to Die on, that served as the title song for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. She played the song together with Jack White.

In October 2008 she appeared in the film The Secret Life of Bees along with Queen LatifahDakota Fanning and Sophie Okonedo. They played one of the leading roles in this.

2009: The Element of Freedom and "Empire State of Mind"[Edit]Edit

Her fourth studio album, entitled The Element of Freedom, was released on december 15, 2009 in the United States. They played at the Cayman Island Jazz Festival. [1"Doesn't Mean Anything" was the first single circulated via the internet: on 15 september through its YouTube channel and on 22 september via iTunes. Harvested at the end of 2009 Keys and rapper Jay-Z success with the song "Empire State of Mind".

2012: Girl On Fire[Edit]Edit

After The Element of Freedom married Keys with Swizz Beatz and she gave birth to their first child. Keys announced a new album In June 2012. The song "New Day" is to listen over the internet since then. As the first single from the album "New Day" will be released. Keys worked for the album, entitled Girl On Fire, along with Bon Iveramong others, Mark Ronson, Jamie Smith (of The xx), Emeli Sandé and Paul Epworth. [2]

Private Life[Edit]Edit

Keys got in 2010 a son with her partner Swizz Beatz, whom she married on July 31, 2010. Her husband has two sons from previous relationships. [3]

Music Style[Edit]Edit

Keys processes the piano in many of her songs because she plays the piano from an early age. In addition to plays the piano Keys also 4 other instruments, including violin and cello. Her songs are often about love, a broken heart and about the power of women. Her music was inspired by many artists, including PrinceNina SimoneBarbra StreisandMarvin GayeQuincy Jones and Stevie Wonder. Keys ' style consists of soul music, which is backed by bass and programmed beats, and they processed the classical piano in her R & Bjazz, and soul music. She is experimenting on her third studio album, As I Am, even with popand rock music.

Keys has the range of a contralto, which are 3 octaves.

Throughout her career, Keys has already won several awards and has awarded them by the RIAA. In America has Keys for more than 14 million albums sold and around the world even more than 30 million.

Discography[Edit]Edit

Albums[Edit]Edit

Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Songs in a minor 2001 18-08-2001 1 (2 wk) 83 2 x Platinum
The diary of Alicia Keys 2003 13-12-2003 2 75 Platinum
Unplugged 2005 12-10-2005 2 24 Gold
As I am 12-11-2007 17-11-2007 2 56 Platinum
The element of freedom 11-12-2009 19-12-2009 2 60
Songs in a minor-10th anniversary edition 24/06/2011 02-07-2011 69 3
Girl on fire 23-11-2012 01-12-2012 7 24
Album (s) with chart positions in

the Flemish Ultratop 200 albums

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Songs in a minor 2001 08-09-2001 8 39
The diary of Alicia Keys 2003 06-12-2003 13 64
Unplugged 2005 22-10-2005 14 17
As I am 2007 17-11-2007 10 39 Gold
The element of freedom 2009 19-12-2009 11 40
Girl on fire 2012 01-12-2012 11 2 *

Singles[Edit]Edit

Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Fallin' 06-08-2001 25-08-2001 1 (4wk) 18 No. 1 in the Single Top 100 / Alarm drive
A woman's worth 08-12-2001 19-01-2002 11 8 No. 22 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive
Brotha (Part II) 09-03-2002 16-03-2002 tip6 - with Angie Stone & Eve /

No. 49 in the Single Top 100

How come you don't call me 04-06-2002 22-06-2002 tip18 - No. 73 in the Single Top 100
Gangsta lovin' 02-09-2002 05-10-2002 8 10 with Eve/

No. 8 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive

Girlfriend 01-12-2002 21-12-2002 18 7 No. 18 in the Single Top 100
You don't know my name 18-10-2003 22-11-2003 9 12 No. 20 in the Single Top 100
If I ain't got you 17-02-2004 03-04-2004 12 18 No. 11 in the Single Top 100
My boo 18-09-2004 23-10-2004 5 10 with Usher /

No. 6 in the Single Top 100

Karma 16-11-2004 25-12-2004 27 6 No. 40 in the Single Top 100
Diary 28-02-2005 30-04-2005 38 2 with Tony! Toni! Toné!
Unbreakable 13-09-2005 01-10-2005 tip5 -
No one 11-09-2007 10-11-2007 3 23 No. 4 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive
Like you'll never see me again 26-11-2007 22-03-2008 20 5 No. 84 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive
Teenage love affair 09-06-2008 31-05-2008 21 7 Alarm Drive
Superwoman 29-07-2008 13-09-2008 28 5 No. 75 in the Single Top 100
Another way to die 20-10-2008 04-10-2008 tip2 - with Jack White /

No. 48 in the Single Top 100

Doesn't mean anything 22-09-2009 24-10-2009 27 5 No. 43 in the Single Top 100
Empire state of mind 2009 24-10-2009 2 26 with Jay-Z /

No. 2 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive

Try sleeping with a broken heart 2009 23-01-2010 21 10 No. 44 in the Single Top 100
Empire state of mind (Part II) Broken down 2010 06-03-2010 8 12 No. 6 in the Single Top 100
New day 01-08-2012 18-08-2012 tip14 - with 50 Cent & Dr. Dre /

No. 92 in the Single Top 100

Girl on fire 10-09-2012 22-09-2012 5 25 with Nicki Minaj /

No. 5 in the Single Top 100/Alarm drive

Brand new me 2012 05-01-2013 tip2 - No. 64 in the Single Top 100
New day 2013 25-05-2013 tip8 -
It's on again 2014 12-04-2014 tip2 - with Kendrick Lamar
Single (s) with chart positions

in the Flemish Ultratop 50

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Fallin' 2001 08-09-2001 1 (1wk) 23 No. 1 in the Radio 2 Top 30
A woman's worth 2002 09-02-2002 31 5 No. 19 in the Radio 2 Top 30
Brotha (part II) 2002 02-03-2002 tip5 - with Angie Stone & Eve
How come you don't call me 2002 06-07-2002 tip9 -
Gangsta lovin' 2002 05-10-2002 18 10 with Eve
Girlfriend 2002 30-11-2002 tip17 -
You don't know my name 2003 29-11-2003 tip2 -
If I ain't got you 2004 10-04-2004 ice skater -
My boo 2004 06-11-2004 21 14 with Usher
Karma 2005 12-02-2005 40 3
No one 2007 24-11-2007 4 22 No. 5 in the Radio 2 Top 30/ Gold
Like you'll never see me again 2008 05-04-2008 tip17 -
Another way to die 2008 18-10-2008 10 15 with Jack White
Doesn't mean anything 2009 31-10-2009 ice skater - No. 3 in the Radio 2 Top 30
Empire state of mind 2009 21-11-2009 4 25 with Jay-Z/

No. 24 in the Radio 2 Top 30/gold

Try sleeping with a broken heart 2009 13-02-2010 tip12 -
Empire state of mind (Part II) Broken down 2010 01-05-2010 tip18 -
Girl on fire 2012 29-09-2012 6 28 with Nicki Minaj
Brand new me 2013 12-01-2013 tip18 -
New day 2013 13-04-2013 tip14 -
Tears Always win 2013 31-08-2013 tip67 -
It's on again 2014 19-04-2014 tip64 * with Kendrick Lamar

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Fallin' - - - - - - 618 1052 1271 1432 1238 938 1199 1178 1446
Girl on fire - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1826 1223
If I ain't got you - - - - - - - - 762 - 1937 1688 1661 1216 1744
Empire state of mind (Part II) Broken down - - - - - - - - - - - 712 173 72 110
No one - - - - - - - - - - 1686 1516 1758 1210 -

DVDs[Edit]Edit

DVDs with the Dutch Music charts in the Top 30 Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest 

position

Number Of 

weeks

Comments
Unplugged 2005 22-10-2005 4 34
VH1 Storytellers 2013 29-06-2013 6 13

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