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Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Date: Dec 15 2003


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Music superstar Alicia Keys recently released her newest album, titled The Diary of Alicia Keys. It is the follow-up to her debut album Songs In A Minor, which earned the young singer 5 Grammy Awards, sold over 10 million copies and featured one of the best songs in music history, “Fallin’.”
Read on to learn more about The Diary of Alicia Keys.


1. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

When Alicia Keys created her first album, she was just a teenager, and she had the freedom to do whatever she wanted. She also was able to work without the pressure of other people’s expectations.
After the success of her first album, people developed expectations of greatness for her, so there was a lot of pressure on Alicia to create another amazing album. The Diary of Alicia Keys doesn’t disappoint. It may not be better than Songs In A Minor, but it’s definitely a spectacular album.
The first single is a good example of the wonderful songs on Diary. It’s called “You Don’t Know My Name,” and it’s already a big hit. Check out some of the lyrics:
Baby, baby, baby
From the day I saw you
I really, really wanted to catch your eye
There’s something special about you
I must really like you
’cause not a lot of guys are worth my time
Ooh baby, baby, baby
It’s gettin kinda crazy
‘cause you are takin’ over my mind

In the song, Alicia sings about a guy who she has a crush on. The guy doesn’t even know who she is, and she’s never talked to him, but she has strong feelings for him.



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Alicia Keys is a star. There’s no denying that. She has the voice, the musical skills, the beauty – the total package. She’s only 22 years old, and she’s accomplished more than most musicians can even dream about. She is going to have a long and successful career in the music business.
I look forward to seeing what Alicia does next. Her first two albums have been overwhelmingly successful. It’s going to be fun to watch her continue to develop.
Rock on,


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