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Alicia Keys Net Worth: $150M
Who is Alicia Keys?
Alicia Keys is an internationally renowned American singer and songwriter who has a net worth of $150M.
$150M is the combined net worth she shares with her producer husband, Swizz Beatz.
The Early Years
Alicia Augello Cook was born January 25, 1981, in Manhattan, New York City. Her professional name is Alicia Keys.
Alicia is the only child of her mother Teresa Augello, and one of three children of her father Craig Cook.
Alicia’s father left when she was only 2 years old, leaving her mother to raise her as a single parent.
She began to sing at a young age, performing in school shows as early as preschool. She began to take piano lessons after a friend gifted her a piano.
By the age of 7, she was receiving classical piano training and would continue those studies until she was 18.
Alicia also joined the Professional Performing Arts School when she was 12 and took lessons in dance, music, theatre, and choir.
When Alicia was 13 she met manager Jeff Robinson through the youth organization she attended, Teens in Motion.
Jeff became a mentor to her, educating her on the music industry by bringing her along to meeting with record labels and attorneys.
Robinson also introduced her to A&R executive Peter Edge who helped Alicia put together some demos she could show to other executives.
After showcasing her demos to multiple producers a bidding war broke out. Columbia Records eventually won after they offered her a $26,000 white baby grand piano.
Once signed with Columbia, Alicia continued her education and graduated from high school at 16.
From there, she attended Columbia University on scholarship. However, she struggled to balance the time schedule of university and her burgeoning music career.
After a month she decided to drop out of college and focus on music full time.
However, Alicia started to become increasingly frustrated with the lack of control she had over her music as Columbia tried to make a certain image out of her and asked her to work with producers she didn’t like.
With the help of Jeff Robinson and the president of Artista Records, Clive Davies, Alicia managed to negotiate her way out of her contract with Columbia.
Clive Davis was removed from his role at Arista in 2000 so her album was put on hold again.
However, Clive soon started his own label, J Records, and signed Alicia immediately.
Once Alicia joined J Records she began to promote her upcoming debut with performances on huge TV shows such as The Tonight Show and The Oprah Show.
In 2001, her first single Fallin was released and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
She released her first album Songs in a Minor later that year. It recieved critical acclaim and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has gone on to sell over 6.2 million copies in jus the US.
The album had material that was originally rejected by Columbia Records. By sticking to her guns, Alicia managed to pick up 5 Grammys for the album in 2002, winning the following categories; Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album.
Since her first album, she has released lots more. The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003) and As I Am (2007) both performed well. She won two awards for the single No One at the 2008 Grammy’s.
Her other 4 albums are The Element of Freedom (2009), Girl on Fire (2012), Here (2016), and Alicia (2020).
Aside from music, Alicia is involved in lots of other projects. She released her book Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics in 2005.
The book contained unreleased poems from her journals and lyrics and made it onto the New York Times Bestseller list that year.
In 2020 she released her memoir, More Myself: A Journey.
Alicia is also the joint-owner of The Oven Studios, alongside her production and songwriting partner Kerry “Krucial” Brothers.
They also co-founded KrucialKeys Enterprises, a production and songwriting team that works on Alicia’s own albums, as well as projects for other artists.
In 2013, Alicia and Swizz bought an enormous mansion for $12.1M in Englewood, New Jersey.
The mansion is a 25,000 square foot, 32 room house with 5.4 acres of land that was once owned by Eddie Murphy.
Prior to this, they owned a New York apartment which they originally bought from Lenny Kravitz in 2010 for $12.75M. They sold it in 2013 for a slight loss.
In 2019, Alicia and Swizz bought another mansion. This time in La Jolla California, for $20.8M. The property had previously been listed for $30M.
Top 5 Alicia Keys Quotes
“I always want to stay focused on who I am, even as I’m discovering who I am.” – Alicia Keys
“At the end of the day, so many things that we hold so much value with, it just doesn’t even mean anything. I really try to stay focused on being really positive.” – Alicia Keys
“You’re stronger, and you’re better, and you’re ready for whatever.” – Alicia Keys
“Fear is not a part of my vocabulary, actually, and I think that it’s really made me a much smarter, braver for sure, person.” – Alicia Keys
“Business can change you, and chew you up, and spit you out, and be rid of you, and on to the next thing. That’s why it’s so important to know who you are and stand up for something.” – Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is an internationally renowned musician and songwriter and her net worth stands at $150M.
She started performing at an incredibly young age and released her most recent album in 2020.
As of 2021, Alicia Keys net worth is $150M.
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