MTV Artist Of The Week: Alicia Keys



Alicia Keys has been breaking records for as long as she's been making records. Her debut album, Songs In A Minor, is so soufully timeless that it sounds like it could've been released any time between 1967 and today. It was that album that made her both the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. Her sophomore album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, debuted at number one and has sold over 8 million copies to date, which at this point possibly only the Eagles could trump. Her Unplugged live album also went straight to number one (typical!), making it the highest debut of an MTV Unplugged album since Nirvana's 1994 Unplugged record. And hers became the first Unplugged album by a female artist to enter the charts at number one, if you're keeping track.

The girl makes instant classics, and it'd stand to reason that her third studio album, As I Am, (recall our obsessive blogging about the album's single, "No One", in weeks past) which drops tomorrow, will likely be no exception.

And as if all that weren't enough, she's also perpetually sleek and shimmery and gorgeous, gives a ton of money to charity, has a wicked sense of humor and is also a famous movie star. And you know you'd totally automatically hate her if you went to high school with her because you'd be insanely jealous of her awesome absolute perfection. Then you'd probably hate her some more when you discover how unbelievably down to earth she is. Then you'd hate yourself for hating on her and for being so petulant (which is still no excuse to hack someone's MySpace page, by the way). So then you'd give it up and just try to be besties with her… from the looks of her rabbit run-ins, she could use a new friend…

No idea what we're talking about? You will when you watch her battle a bunny (played by a certain singer-songwriter who's dated a certain blonde whose name might sound something like Essica Impson) all week in her Artist Of The Week videos. Plus, see her sing her "Superwoman" heart out at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem and on her front stoop in her exclusive MTV Artist Of The Week performances. And of course, share your love for the lovely and extraordinarily talented Alicia Keys.