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With global record sales of over 75 million, Alicia Keys is one of the most successful R&B artists of all time. Her distinctive soulful vocal style and tremendous skill as a pianist have brought her monumental accolades not only in her native America, but also in the UK, Ireland and the rest of the world. Born in 1981, she began playing piano at the age of seven and by 11 was writing her own songs. Aged just 20, she catapulted on to the international music scene, where she has been a firm fixture ever since.
Alicia's first studio album, Songs in A Minor, was released in June 2001, debuting at the top of the American billboard charts. Lead single, Fallin', topped the Billboard charts for six weeks, with subsequent single, A Woman's Worth, making it to the number three spot. The album has since sold over 13 million copies worldwide. November 2003 saw the release of Alicia's second hotly anticipated studio album, the Diary of Alicia Keys, which was certified quadruple platinum. This was followed in 2005 by her outstanding Unplugged album, which not only reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts but sold almost 200,000 in its first week alone. A third studio album followed in 2007, with her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom, giving Alicia her first UK No. 1 album in 2009. The release of Girl on Fire in June 2013 gave her yet another chart-topping album in the States.
Throughout her immensely successful career, Keys has won numerous awards. The release of Songs in A Minor contributed to her receiving an incredible five Grammys in 2002, for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album and Best New Artist. She repeated this success in 2008, with the album As I Am winning awards for Best R&B Song for No One, and Best Female R&B Vocal performance. In total, Alicia Keys has won an astonishing 14 Grammys. She was also named by Billboard magazine as their R&B artist of the decade for the period 2000 - 2009.
Alicia has performed with many outstanding artists, including Usher, Christina Aguilera and Lenny Kravitz. In 2008 she teamed up with Jack White of The White Stripes to record the theme song for the film Quantum of Solace. This track, Another Way To Die, was the first duet to feature in Bond soundtrack history. She also dueted with Jay Z on the 2009 track Empire State of Mind, which reached No. 1.