Despite her youth she was just 16 a scholarship to Columbia University followed, but, with a recording contract already under her belt, she dropped out of school after a month in order to pursue a singing career with Columbia Records.The label's strategy of surrounding Alicia with industry specialists to give her a "radio friendly" sound backfired , however "All I had was heartache and headaches," she says and sparked her decision to leave the label and sign to Arista.Her parents split when she was just two, and she was raised by her mum in the tough Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood of New York.Singing since she could speak, she started piano lessons aged seven, and within two years was playing Chopin sonatas.Heartfelt lyrics helped set apart the youngster's output from the less-than-profound efforts of her chart contemporaries, but when asked about the meaning of her compositions, Alicia is evasive.August 21, 2008: Media Take has learned that singer Alicia Keys and rapper/producer Swizz Beatz are one step closer to coming out publicly with their new budding romance.For starters, despite claiming otherwise in the past, Keys came clean to Jane about Keys not being her real last name. You know, I have to say, the person I'm with is really special," Keys said after smiling playfully. What do you even think about and what are you representing?
Janet Jackson's boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, who produced the song, recently revealed he expected the duet to spark rumours of romance between the singers. He said at the time: "They ain't never dated, not that I know of, so don't start the rumours, but that's what the song is going to make you think. It's good TV talk, but that ain't what's really going on.
The tour bus engine idles while Team Keys assembles hot drinks — a fragrant concoction for the workaholic star of the show, who’s now swaddled in a jersey and scarf. ’ she shouts, drumming her hands on the table in delight. In the upstairs lounge of the sleek coach, Keys peeks through the curtains as we start to move. So,’ she says, turning her attention and her mega-watt smile to me, ‘I’m so excited to talk to you because you’ve officially known me for so long, that I actually wanna interview you! ’Keys and I have encountered each other several times over the past decade. It was during our first interview, in 2003, which was also conducted at night, in a car driving from London to Brighton for a Radio 1 event.
‘It has ghee, cardamom, turmeric, all these yummy Indian spices,’ she explains. ‘I love you guys, I’m sorry I couldn’t hang out,’ she murmurs to the fans waiting outside. She was still only 22 but already rocket-propelled by album sales of around ten million.
The announcement comes after the two, together since fall 2008, attended Thursday night’s Black Ball in London, which benefits Keys’s Keep a Child Alive charity. Swizz Beatz (real name: Kasseem Dean) is father to sons Kasseem Jr., 3, and Prince, both from previous relationships.
Just the sheer epic drama of this Swizz Beatz scandal astounds me.