Alicia Keys: An Album Retrospective

Don't miss Alicia Keys on 106 tonight!

Alicia Keys Is On 106 & Park Tonight! - In 2001, Alicia Keys stepped into the R&B spotlight and made her own way, carving out her own piece in music history. The genius composer and vocalist has since gone on to a life full of platinum records, awards and love.  Don't miss Alicia Keys on 106 & Park tonight at 6P/5C!(Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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Alicia Keys Is On 106 & Park Tonight! - In 2001, Alicia Keys stepped into the R&B spotlight and made her own way, carving out her own piece in music history. The genius composer and vocalist has since gone on to a life full of platinum records, awards and love. Don't miss Alicia Keys on 106 & Park tonight at 6P/5C!(Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Kick in the Door - In 2001, Alicia Keys burst onto the music scene with the multi-platinum-selling debut album, Songs In A Minor. Led by the success of her hit single "Fallin'," Alicia Keys became the one to watch.

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Songs in A Minor - In 2001, Alicia Keys released her debut album, Songs In A Minor, to critical acclaim and racked up a world's worth of fans and Grammy Awards. Not too bad for a 20-year-old rising star. (Photo: J Records)

Sophomore High Jinx - Keys' second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was another breakout success, debuting at number one and selling over half-a-million copies in the first week. The record, which ultimately sold eight million copies worldwide, featured some of Keys' classic bangers, "You Don't Know My Name," "A Woman's Worth," "If I Ain't Got You" and "Diary."(Photo: J Records)

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The Diary of Alicia Keys - Alicia Keys follow-up album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, spawned the hits "Karma," "Diary" and the romantic hit single "You Don't Know My Name." Staying true to her sound, Alicia kept the album true to old school R&B with no fluff. (Photo: J Records)

Keep a Child Alive - Despite her busy career in film and music, Alicia Keys has managed to stay extremely active in her humanitarian efforts. The singer is the ambassador of her own Keep A Child Alive (KCA) foundation, which promotes HIV/Aids awareness in Africa.(Photo: Stuart Price/Getty Images)

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Keep a Child Alive - In 2003, Alicia Keys decided to give back and do more, so she co-founded the non-profit organization Keep A Child Alive. Since then, the organization has done everything in its power to provide people in Africa and India with life saving medications that help battle the effects of HIV/AIDS.  (Photo: STUART PRICE/AFP/Getty Images)

Unplugged  - In 2005, Alicia Keys recorded her first live album, which was for MTV's Unplugged series. She taped the special at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York.(Photo: L. Busacca/WireImage for J Records)

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Unplugged - In 2005, Alicia Keys recorded Unplugged as a part of the wildly successful MTV franchise. She performed her hits and exposed a few new ones, including the powerful "Unbreakable." She went on to release the session as a CD and DVD which went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. (Photo: L. Busacca/WireImage for J Records)

Third Time's the Charm - As I Am, Keys' fourth studio release, was also her fourth consecutive number-one album, tying her with Britney Spears for the most consecutive number-one debuts on the Billboard 200 by a female artist. It sold nearly 750,000 copies in its first week and sold nearly 6 million worldwide. And according to Billboard.com, from October 2007, when "No One," the first single off As I Am, reached No. 1, through February 2008, when Keys' second single "Like You'll Never See Me Again" ended its reign at No. 1, Keys was on top of the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart for 17 weeks, more consecutive weeks than any other artist with the singles, "No One" and "Like You'll Never See Me Again."(Photo: J Records)

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As I Am - Four years after The Diary of Alicia Keys, the R&B starlet released the No. 1 album As I Am. The album sold nearly 750,000 copies in its first week and spawned the hits "No One," "Like You'll Never See Me Again" and "Superwoman." (Photo: J Records)

Free to Love - Though Keys' fourth studio album (fifth overall) did not perform as well as its predecessors commercially, it was a phenomenal, heartfelt work that debuted at number two and sold nearly half-a-million copies in its first week. It was a seeming soundtrack to Key's growing love for her soon-to-be hubby Swizz Beatz and featured the hit single, "Unthinkable, (I'm Ready)" with hip hop's most popular up-and-coming star, Drake. (Photo: J Records)

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The Element of Freedom - In a turn of events, Alicia Keys switched up her vocal and musical stylings for the 2009 album, The Element of Freedom. The album peaked at No. 2 with the Beyoncé-assisted "Put It in a Love Song" and Drake-written "Un-Thinkable." (Photo: J Records)

Alicia Keys - Alicia Keys bought the style of paradise to her big day. Her one-shouldered tunic-inspired dress gave Keys a special island princess beauty.  (Photo: Courtesy Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz Official Wedding Photo)

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In Love and More - In 2010, before the arrival of her first child Egypt, Alicia Keys married the love of her life, Kaseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean.  (Photo: Official Wedding Photo)

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Girl on Fire - It's 2012 and after a dope performance on the VMAs and Black Girls Rock! (airing on Nov. 4 at 8P/7C), Alicia Keys is planning to release her fifth studio album, Girl on Fire, on November 27. (Photo: Columbia Records)