She released her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009, which became Keys' first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom.She released her fifth album, Girl on Fire, in November 2012, which became Keys' fifth chart-topping album in the United States.
In 1985, Keys made an appearance on The Cosby Show at the age of four, where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtable's sleepover guests in the episode "Slumber Party".
The following year Robinson introduced Keys to her future A&R at Arista Records, Peter Edge, who later described his first impressions to Hit Quarters: "I had never met a young R&B artist with that level of musicianship.
So many people were just singing on top of loops and tracks, but she had the ability, not only to be part of hip-hop, but also to go way beyond that." Edge helped Robinson create a showcase for Keys and also got involved in developing her demo material.
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, record producer, and actress.
Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.
Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide.She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001.Keys has made guest appearances on several television series, beginning with The Cosby Show and most recently on season 2 of Empire.She made her film debut in Smokin' Aces and also went on to appear in The Nanny Diaries in 2007.Her third studio album, As I Am, was released in the same year and sold five million copies worldwide, earning Keys an additional three Grammy Awards.The following year, she appeared in The Secret Life of Bees, which earned her a nomination at the NAACP Image Awards.