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Augello-Cook Dean (born Jan­uary 25, 1981), bet­ter known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an Amer­i­can singer, song­writer, ac­tress, record pro­ducer, au­thor, and pi­anist. A clas­si­cal­ly­trained pi­anist, Keys was com­pos­ing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After dis­putes with the la­bel, she signed with Arista Records, and later re­leased her de­but al­bum, Songs in A Mi­nor, with J Records in 2001. The al­bum was crit­i­cally and com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful, pro­duc­ing her first Bill­board Hot 100 num­ber-one sin­gle “Fallin” and sell­ing over 16 mil­lion copies world­wide. The al­bum earned Keys 5 Grammy Awards in 2002. Her sec­ond al­bum, The Di­ary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial suc­cess, spawn­ing suc­cess­ful sin­gles “You Don’t Know My Name,” “If I Ain’t Got You,” and “Di­ary,” and sell­ing 8 mil­lion copies world­wide. The al­bum gar­nered her an ad­di­tional 4 Grammy Awards. Her duet “My Boo” with Usher be­came her sec­ond num­ber-one sin­gle in 2004. Keys re­leased her first live al­bum, Un­plugged (2005), and be­came the first woman to have an MTV Un­plugged al­bum de­but at num­ber one.

Her third al­bum, As I Am (2007), pro­duced the Hot 100 num­ber-one sin­gle “No One,” sell­ing 7 mil­lion copies world­wide and earn­ing an ad­di­tional 3 Grammy Awards. In 2007, Keys made her film de­but in the ac­tion-thriller film Smokin’ Aces. She, along with Jack White, recorded “An­other Way to Die” (the ti­tle song to the 22nd of­fi­cial James Bond film, Quan­tum of So­lace). Her fourth al­bum, The El­e­ment of Free­dom (2009), be­came her first chart-top­ping al­bum in the UK, and sold 4 mil­lion copies world­wide. In 2009, Keys also col­lab­o­rated with Jay Z on “Em­pire State of Mind,” which be­came her fourth num­ber-one sin­gle and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/ Song Col­lab­o­ra­tion. Girl on Fire (2012) was her fifth Bill­board 200 top­ping al­bum, spawn­ing the suc­cess­ful ti­tle track, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B

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