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'Les Miserables' soundtrack tops U.S. album chart

'Les Miserables' soundtrack tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The soundtrack to the movie musical "Les Miserables" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

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'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis dead at 60 ... Second inquest confirms Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning ... Report: Taylor Swift and Harry Styles break up ... Sandra Bullock set for People's Choice humanitarian honor ... News from United Press International.
Sandra Bullock set for People's Choice humanitarian honor

Sandra Bullock set for People's Choice humanitarian honor

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock is to be presented with the Favorite Humanitarian award at Wednesday's People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

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Report: Model Naomi Campbell was robbed, assaulted in Paris ... Nancy Pelosi to appear in '30 Rock' finale ... Aniston, Downey Jr. to attend People's Choice Awards show ... Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' still No. 1 on U.S. record chart ... News from United Press International.
Aniston, Downey Jr. to attend People's Choice Awards show

Aniston, Downey Jr. to attend People's Choice Awards show

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey Jr. are confirmed to attend the People's Choice Awards show in Los Angeles next week.
Alicia Keys to perform at People's Choice Awards

Alicia Keys to perform at People's Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter-producer Alicia Keys will perform live at the People's Choice Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said.

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Cassadee Pope wins Season 3 of 'The Voice' ... Bodies of 'In Cold Blood' killers exhumed ... Britain's Ricky Gervais to star in next Muppet movie ... 'Red' still No. 1 on the U.S. album chart ... News from United Press International.
Taylor Swift's 'Red' still No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

Taylor Swift's 'Red' still No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift's "Red" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a second consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Stars raise $30M-plus for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Stars raise $30M-plus for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Jon Bon Jovi helped raise more than $30 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at a star-studded New York concert.
Taylor Swift's 'Red' tops U.S. album chart

Taylor Swift's 'Red' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift's "Red" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Springsteen to kick off Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

Springsteen to kick off Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are to kick off Wednesday's star-studded Hurricane Sandy concert in New York, organizers said.
Rolling Stones to play Hurricane Sandy benefit in N.Y.

Rolling Stones to play Hurricane Sandy benefit in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- British rock icons The Rolling Stones have joined the lineup for this week's star-studded Hurricane Sandy relief benefit in New York, organizers said.
Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire' tops album chart

Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire' tops album chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
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Eric Clapton, Chris Martin set for Sandy relief concert in N.Y.

Eric Clapton, Chris Martin set for Sandy relief concert in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Eric Clapton and Chris Martin have joined the lineup of artists performing at a Hurricane Sandy fundraiser in New York next week, organizers said.
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Alicia Keys accepts the Humanitarian Award at the 9th annual BET Awards in Los Angeles June 28, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), better known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American recording artist, musician and actress. She was raised by a single mother in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York City. At age seven, Keys began to play classical music on the piano. She attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16 as valedictorian. She later attended Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career. 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. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'". Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged, which debuted at number one in the United States. She became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album to debut at number one and the highest since Nirvana in 1994.

Keys made guest appearances on several television series in the following years, beginning with Charmed. She made her film debut in Smokin' Aces and 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 six 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. She released her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009, which became Keys' first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom. Throughout her career, Keys has won numerous awards and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and 25 million singles, which makes her one of the best selling artists of all time. Billboard magazine named her the top R&B artist of the 2000–2009 decade, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time. In 2010, VH1 included Keys on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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