Since her debut in 2001, Alicia Keys has continued to blow fans away with her talented and often heartbreaking songwriting. Tomorrow we can all look forward to the release of her fouth studio album, The Element of Freedom, which Keys has described as anything but what´s expected from the R&B sensation. While her first two singles, Doesn´t mean anything and Try sleeping with a broken heart, have caught our ears, we´re still waiting for a song that can match the smashing success of her previous singles. Join Red Karaoke as we take a look at our favorite karaokes by Alicia Keys.
Fallin´ and A Woman´s Worth
When Keys hit the R&B scene with Fallin´, the first single off her 2001 debut, Songs in A Minor, it was clear that this fresh young girl from Manhattan was going to do something incredible on the music scene. Fallin´, Keys ode to ¨the ins and outs of relationships¨ was a precious gem during a year when sorry pop songs like Bootylicious and Butterfly were topping the charts. Along with her incredible voice, Keys brought combinations of gospel and James Brown, creating her signature sound and the best single of the year.
Oddly enough, Key´s didn´t write Fallin´ to be her first single. The song was actually a product of Key´s time in contract limbo, due to her unwillingness to bend to the record label´s will and write songs that were more mainstream. Luckily, the label finally came to their senses, and Fallin´ was given the chance to become the breakthrough hit that it just had to be. The song garnered Keys more than a handful of awards, including the 2002 Grammy for Song of the year.
With A woman´s worth, the second single from Songs in A Minor, Keys proved her own worth, and also managed to represent the strength of an entire gender. The single climbed the charts to number 3, and also earned Keys a few more awards, including the first of many NAACP Image Awards. Keys said it best, you can´t deny a woman´s worth.
If I ain´t got you
Keys came back strong in 2003 with her sophomore album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, debuting at number 1 and earning her the most sales of any female artist that year. Diary also earned Keys four more grammies, settling any dispute about whether or not Keys would be sticking around at the top.
If I ain´t got you was the second single off Diary, and I would have to say, it is one of Key´s most important and powerful songs. Keys herself, in both interviews and live performances, including her off the chain MTV unplugged session, has retold how dear to her heart the single is. Besides being a gorgeous ode to what is truly important in life, If I ain´t got you was also a record breaking single, spending 40 weeks on the Hot 100 and marking history as the first single by a female to remain on the charts for over a year.
No one and Like you´ll never see me again
As I am gave Key´s 3 for 3, debuting at number 1, producing several chart dominating singles, and garnering even more grammy´s for the songstress. No one followed in the footsteps of Fallin´, displaying Key´s amazing vocals once again, and giving fans a new sound to listen to.
No one became Key´s most succsful song to date, peaking at number 1, earning the grammies for best R&B vocals and best song, and become the most listened to song on the radio for 2008. No one also did something a little different for Key´s star power, establishing her position alongside divas like Beyonce, matching the level of their over the top stage presence.
Ironically, it took the second single from Key´s As I am too boot the unchallenged No one from the top spot on the charts. Like you´ll never see me again was the most succesful single on the R&B charts of 2008, and showed a slightly different side of Key´s as she channeled a sound that was reminiscent of Prince. With it´s perfect mix of sex (those oh so seductive raspy vocals) and love (lyrics that make a classic couple´s song), Like you´ll never see me again is my all time favorite song by Alicia Keys.
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