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ALICIA KEYS. Keys was born January 25, 1981 in New York, New York but was raised in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Her Mother, Terri Augello , an actress and paralegal. Augello separated from Alicia keys father, Craig Cook when she was just a toddler. BIOGRAPHY. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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ALICIA KEYS

ALICIA KEYS{ BIOGRAPHY

Keys was born January 25, 1981 in New York, New York but was raised in Hells Kitchen, New York.

Her Mother, Terri Augello, an actress and paralegal. Augello separated from Alicia keys father, Craig Cook when she was just a toddlerAlicia Augello Cook, also known as Alicia Keys is an American singer, songwriter, actress, producer, musician, and mother who is married to songwriter and producer DJ Swizz Beats. Grammy winner with 14 awards has blended pop, gospel, R&B, and soul music in her song writing while producing her first Broadway play, directed her first short film, designing her own Reebok shoe line and recently launched her own animated storytelling app for children. Keys has collaborated with other famous artist for example, Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Usher, and many more. 2CHILDHOOD

Keys mother did everything to keep her busy with ballet at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, and piano lessons at age seven.

Piano is what interested her the most. At age nine, she began writing her own songs and by age fourteen, she had written Butterflyz and The Life, both of which would make it into Songs in A Minor.

Keys was born January 25, 1981 in New York, New York but was raised in Hells Kitchen, New York by her mother, Terri Augello, an actress and paralegal. Augello separated from Alicia keys father, Craig Cook when she was just a toddler. Keys mother did everything to keep her busy with ballet at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, and piano lessons at age seven. Piano is what interested her the most. At age nine, she began writing her own songs and by age fourteen, she had written Butterflyz and The Life, both of which would make it into Songs in A Minor. According to Amber, Alicia Keys sometimes did not like to practice the piano, so one day Keys told her mom that she did not want to play anymore. All the children would be playing outside while the singer practiced her piano. Her mother Cook said, I understand you might want a break, but when we agree to do something you dont suddenly decided you dont want to do it, youre going to have to see this through3EARLY CAREER

Exciting things started happening for Keys when she was 16.

She was accepted into Columbia University on academic scholarships, graduated valedictorian from New Yorks Professional Performing Arts School.Keys presented the tracks to the execs at Columbia Records and told her to go back to the studio with established producers. For two years, she argued with execs until finally Columbia Records released her from the contract.

Keys then went later to sign on with music legend Clive Davis, the man who discovered Whitney Houston.Exciting things started happening for Keys when she was 16. She was accepted into Columbia University on academic scholarships, graduated valedictorian from New Yorks Professional Performing Arts School. Keys signed her first recording contract, and with only after four weeks at college she left to pursue her music career full time. She set up a studio in Harlem apartments and there she wrote, recorded, and produced much of her music herself. The artist was faced with a challenge when she presented the tracks to the execs at Columbia Records and told her to go back to the studio with established producers. For two years, she argued with execs until finally Columbia Records released her from the contract. Keys then went later to sign on with music legend Clive Davis, the man who discovered Whitney Houston (Amber). 4

Songs in A Minor released in 2001

The album sold over 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12 million copies internationally.Keys also became the bestselling new artist of the year. Fallin was one of the songs in her album that topped the charts for six weeks.

Songs in A Minor, also led Keys to win five awards at the 2002 Grammy AwardsSongs in A Minor released in 2001, at this time, Keys had a unique look that we all fall in love with which was braids, tomboys boots, and fedora wearing. This album hit number one on the BillBoard 200 with first week sales of 236,000 units. The album sold over 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12 million copies internationally. Keys also became the bestselling new artist of the year. Fallin was one of the songs in her album that topped the charts for six weeks. 5

Keys released her second album The Diary of Alicia Keys in 2003.

It sold over 4.4million copies in the US and 8 million copies worldwide. Keys collaborated with Usher on the song My Boo this song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks.

Keys won four Grammy Awards in 2005 Keys released her second album The Diary of Alicia Keys in 2003. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling over 618,000 copies its first week of released which became the largest first week sales for a female artist in 2003. It sold over 4.4million copies in the US and 8 million copies worldwide. You Dont Know My Name became the albums single and number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Around this time she also collaborated with Usher on the song My Boo this song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. In addition, Keys won four Grammy Awards in 2005 (MISANI, and STAN RYAN). In 2007 it was a busy year for Keys.6

She released her third album As I Am.

The album sold three million copies in the US and sold five million worldwide.

No One album single also won Keys a Grammy Award in 2008

Keys also co-star in a film Smokin Aces. She released her third album As I Am and co-star in a film Smokin Aces. This film earned only 57,103,895 worldwide during its theatrical run. In the album As I Am Keys says I was trying to find the way to be myself by figuring out what choices I wanted to make and not make in order to truly honor myself( Mitchell). As I Am debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 742,000 copies its first week. The album sold three million copies in the US and sold five million worldwide. No One the album lead single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks. This single also won Keys a Grammy Award in 2008 (Greer).7

Keys released her fourth album Elements of Freedom in 2009

Sold 417,000 copies its first week.In 2009 Keys collaborated with Jay-Z and Alejandro Sanz. Keys released her fourth album Elements of Freedom in 2009 which sold 417,000 copies its first week. Doesnt Mean Anything peaked at sixty on the Hot 100 and fourteen on Billboards hot R&B/Hip Hop as a leading single. At this time she also collaborated with a Spanish recording artist Alejandro Sanz and Jay Z (MARKOVITZ, ADAM). 8Alicia Keys married Swizz Beats on the French Island of Corsica and was about six months pregnant. Keys son, Egypt was born on October 14, 2010. Marriage & Motherhood

{According to (Amber, Jeannine) Keys met Dean known as DJ Swizz Beats when they were teenagers and both struggled trying to get into the music industry. DJ Swizz Beats has worked with many famous artist like Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. Swiss Beats also helped produce tracks for Keys Fourth album Elements of Freedom. It did not take long before Keys fell in love with Swizz Beats. Although Swizz Beats was married and had other children that didnt stop them from falling in love. In 2010, Keys married Swizz Beats on the French Island of Corsica and was about six months pregnant. Keys son, Egypt was born on October 14, 2010. Keys, is now on top of the world being and new mother9

Keys fifth album titled Girl on Fire, released on 2011

The album has nearly reached one million single sales The first lead single in this album is Girl on Fire, which Keys performed at the VMAs with Nicki Minaj.fifth album titled girl on Fire, released on 2011. This album introduces a new stage in Keys personal and professional life. Girl on fire is vibrantly colored with themes of life, wisdom, and empowerment. The album has nearly reached one million single sales (MISANI, and STAN RYAN). The first lead single in this album is Girl on Fire, which Keys performed at the VMAs with. Nicki Minaj Keys second single is Brand New Kind of Me. This single is the most personal song Keys has done. Due to the single Keys said, This is me stepping into my complete womanhood, my journey becoming fearless (Amber). Keys transformed her music into a new level of clarity in her life where she is happy with her new self. 10Composition History

You Dont KnowMy NameNo OneBrand New MeYou Dont Know My Name (6:06)

Written by Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Harold Lilly and produced by Keys and West.

This track was released as the album The Diary of Alicia Keys, lead single in November 2003.

Written by Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Harold Lilly and produced by Keys and West. This track was released as the album The Diary of Alicia Keys, lead single in November 2003. The track also contains a simple from 1974 song Let Me Prove My Love to You written by J. R. Bailey, Mel Kent, and Ken Williams. This was also Keys first time working with West. The song became Keys third top ten hit in the United States. The back history of how this track came together is in a studio where Keys, West, John Legend, and Lilly Keys were collaborating their ideas. Keys stated she loves to put baby in everything because it sings good so Keys wrote, Baby baby baby from the day I saw you I really really wanted to catch your eyes. West suggested to keys that she would have to talk in this record. Keys and West started coming up with ideas so Keys then started to act she was talking to a guy that she was going to meet outside of work. It only took two times for keys to put it on You Dont know My Name track12No One (4:02)Written