Vanessa White is Best Known For Having served as a member of the popular British all-girls band, The Saturdays. Her band has sold over 5 million records in UK and Ireland.
Singer Vanessa White
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Braless Vanessa White attends The Naked Heart Foundation Fabulous Fund Fair in London, 02-21-2017
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Vanessa White – IACGMOH Afterparty in Coolangatta
Vanessa White – Madison Summer Party in London
Vanessa White – Performing at Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award in Northampton
Vanessa White – Sunday Times Style X The Principal Party in Manchester
Vanessa White – Winter Wonderland VIP Opening in London
Vanessa White at Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards 2014
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Vanessa White is seen having fun on the beach in Ibiza, 06-07-2017
Vanessa White singer
Vanessa White singer
White rose to fame in 2008 as a singer in the girl band The Saturdays, who are signed to Fascination and Polydor Records. White began her career as a theatre actress at an early age, appearing in several West End productions. She played Young Nala in The Lion King and between 2000–2002, she was cast as one of the King’s daughters in The King and I. White successfully auditioned for The Saturdays in 2007, after a period attempting to carve out a solo singing career. Once White had joined the band, they began recording music and releasing a number of hits. The group later gained another record deal with Geffen Records after having huge success in the United Kingdom. White and the rest of the group then signed a deal with Island Def Jam Records and Mercury Records to distribute their music in the United States, which led to their first UK number-one single “What About Us”. White’s vocal range has been compared to Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey. White is the youngest member of the band.
While still remaining a member of The Saturdays, White began to pursue music projects outside the group, firstly featuring on a number of songs by Master Shortie and Vince Kidd’s “The Zoo”. When The Saturdays decided to take a hiatus in 2014 after completing their Greatest Hits Live! tour, White decided to record her own solo music, recording with the likes of Wretch 32. She has released two Extended plays Chapter One and Chapter Two. White has appeared in a number of successful reality television shows, including Chasing the Saturdays (2013), The Saturdays: 24/7 (2011) and Ghosthunting with… The Saturdays (2010). As an individual, she also participated as a contestant in the first series of Popstar to Operastar and the seventeenth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.
Born Name Vanessa Karen White
Nick Name Ness
Age: 28 years and 5 months
Sun Sign Scorpio
Occupation Singer-songwriter, dancer, actress
Years active 2000–present
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Light Brown
Height 5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
Measurements 35-27-35 in or 89-68.5-89 cm
Bra Size 34A
Vanessa White went to the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Initially, she was attending classes on Saturdays only but was later accepted for full-time studies and was awarded scholarship when she was 13 years old.
Later, she applied for admission to The Brit School but her application was turned down.
Father – Unknown
Mother – Unknown
Siblings – Celine White (Younger Sister), Ryan White (Brother)
Vanessa White is represented by
Matt Wynter of Loco Talent
Red Light Management.
R&B, pop, dance-pop
Vocals, piano, guitar, and keyboard
Polydor, Interscope Records
On her father’s side, she has English ancestry, whereas, on her mother’s side, she is of Filipino descent.
In 2014, The Saturdays were announced as the brand ambassador for Casio Sheen.
In October 2008, her music band The Saturdays released their studio album, Chasing Lights, which was later certified as ‘Platinum’ in Britain.
As a solo artist, she released her debut EP Chapter One in February 2016.
Vanessa is yet to make an appearance in a theatrical film.
First TV Show
In 2002, Vanessa made her TV show debut as herself in the special episode of Britain’s Brilliant Prodigies.
Towards the end of 2015, Vanessa checked into weight loss retreat in Ibiza. At the retreat, she was trained by ex-Navy PT instructor Ricki Parcell and her one week stay at the retreat helped her lose 4 lbs of weight.
She laid special emphasis on cardio work as well as core strengthening exercises, which included plank and some core balancing work that required the use of medicine ball. For conditioning, she paid special attention to bodyweight exercises. She also incorporated kickboxing sessions in her workout routine to speed up her gains.
She has also added yoga to her workout regime. She claims that it has improved her flexibility and muscle tone by leaps and bounds. Also, it goes without saying that she followed a strict and regimented diet plan at the weight loss retreat. However, she doesn’t believe in dieting and hasn’t cut much-maligned carbs from her diet. She just makes sure that she is making healthy choices.
Life and career
Early life and career beginnings
Vanessa White was born in Yeovil, Somerset, United Kingdom, to a Filipino born mother and a British father. She grew up with two siblings, an older brother, Ryan and a younger sister, Celine. As a child, White applied unsuccessfully to attend Performing Arts & Technology on several occasions. Like The Saturdays bandmate, Frankie Bridge, White enrolled at the Sylvia Young Theatre School based in East London. Her contemporaries included Rita Ora, Jesy Nelson of Little Mix and Jade Ewen. At the age of just five, White was offered a full-time place at Sylvia Young Theatre School. Deciding to relocate to be closer to the school, the family moved to Stratford, London. It was while attending Sylvia Young Theatre School that she was chosen for West End theatre productions, including The Lion King and The King and I. She also appeared in an advert for Cheese Strings.also she loves cheese strings
2007–14: The Saturdays
Since 2007, White has been a member of girl group The Saturdays. As of October 2017, the group has achieved thirteen Top 10 hits, and five Top 10 albums. The Saturdays released their debut single “If This Is Love” in July 2008. It peaked at number eight in the UK. The group subsequently released a follow-up single “Up”, which charted at number five in the UK and later earned a Silver Disc in the United Kingdom. In late October 2008, the group released their first studio album Chasing Lights. White, who is known for her powerful voice and is referred to by other members of the band as “our Christina Aguilera” due to her extensive vocal range, is the only member of The Saturdays to have a solo part on very track of their debut album. She has also received comparison to American singers Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and Mariah Carey. Chasing Lights charted at number nine in the UK, and went Platinum according to the BPI. The band released a third single from the album, “Issues”, which also went Silver, followed by a cover of “Just Can’t Get Enough”, originally recorded by Depeche Mode. The song debuted at number two in the UK, behind Flo Rida’s “Right Round”. The fifth and final single from the album was “Work”, which was the first single by the group to fail to reach the top 20. The group later went on a UK tour titled The Work Tour. On the Dundee leg of The Work Tour, White was about to go on stage when she tripped over a cable backstage and tore a ligament in her ankle, forcing her to miss a large proportion of the show that night. Once paramedics had strapped up her foot, she was permitted to join the group on stage in a wheelchair. White appeared on stage in the next few shows sitting on a bar stool and gradually began to stand for more and more songs as the tour progressed. In October 2009, the group released a second studio album, Wordshaker, which charted at number nine and was given a silver certification by the BPI. The first single from the album, “Forever Is Over”, charted at number two in the UK. The Saturdays were by now appearing in advertisements for several products including a brand of deodorant, tampons, mobile phones, an operating system, and hair removal products. In early 2010, the girls released a second and final single from their second album, “Ego”, which charted at number nine, the single gained a certification of Silver by the BPI.
In summer 2010, the Saturdays released their first mini album (their third album overall) Headlines!, which charted at number 3 in the UK and number 10 in Ireland. The band released their eighth single, “Missing You”, which charted at number three in the UK and number six in Ireland. Band member Rochelle Wiseman confirmed that the second single from the album would be “Higher” It was later confirmed by the band’s official website that Flo Rida had recorded vocals for “Higher”. On Your Radar was the girls’ third studio album, reaching a disappointing number 23 in the UK and spending only three weeks in the UK Top 75, but featured the top-ten hits, “All Fired Up” and “Notorious” as well as single, “My Heart Takes Over”. In December 2011, the group went on their first headlining arena tour, the All Fired Up Tour! The first single from their fourth studio album “30 Days”, which was released in May 2012, peaked at number seven. Later in the year, they temporarily moved from London to Los Angeles in the hope of breaking America. To help increase their single sales in America, E! Network broadcast Chasing The Saturdays, a reality TV show following the girls during their three-month stay in America. The show premiered in January 2013 but was cancelled after one series. The band released “What About Us” (featuring rapper Sean Paul) in March 2013, which became their first number one single and was the biggest selling single of the year (at that point). Later on in the year, “Gentleman” and “Disco Love” were released; with both of them charting in the top 15. Their album Living for the Weekend became the band’s fourth top ten album. The final single taken from the album was a fan favourite. The radio mix of “Not Giving Up” was released in April 2014 and was their seventeenth top 40 single. The band went on hiatus in 2014, and released a greatest hits album Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits the same year. The only single released from the album, “What Are You Waiting For?” charted at number thirty-seven, making it their lowest-charting single to date.
2015—present: Chapter One, Two and Three
On 21 September 2015, White released her first solo track entitled “Relationship Goals.” The song was intended as a preview of her solo album which was scheduled to follow in 2016, but failed to surface. On 13 November 2015, she released her official debut single, “Don’t Want to Be Your Lover”, with the music video for the song released on the same day. On 7 January 2016 she released a music video for new track “Nostalgia,” and announced that it, alongside her two previously released tracks, would be included on her debut EP, Chapter One. The EP was released on 19 February 2016 and was followed by another promotional single, “Lipstick Kisses”. On 8 September 2016, she released a new single, “Low Key”. Her second solo EP, Chapter Two, was released on 31 March 2017; preceded by singles “Good Good” and “Running Wild”.
White appeared in a number of reality television shows including Ghosthunting with… The Saturdays in 2010, The Saturdays: 24/7 in 2011 and Chasing the Saturdays in 2013.
In January 2010, White participated in the first series of the ITV celebrity reality television programme Popstar to Operastar. She was the second contestant eliminated, on 22 January.
In November 2017, White was confirmed as a participant on the seventeenth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. She was the fourth to be eliminated and finished in eighth place on 5 December 2017. During her time in the jungle, White became a popular topic on social media due to her lack of knowledge about the music industry which was highlighted during a ‘bushtucker trial’.
Vanessa began dating menswear stylist Gary Salter in 2008. They ended their relationship in April 2017.
Vanessa White Favorite Things
Beauty Product – Shiseido foundation
Most Beautiful Woman – Eva Mendes
Signature Perfume – La Prairie Threads Gold and Chanel No. 5
Style Icon – Olivia Palermo
Fashion Shops – Zara, Reiss, and Cos
Vanessa White Facts
In 2009, during The Saturdays’ World Tour show in Dundee, she had a freak accident as she tore a ligament in her ankle after tripping over cable backstage. She missed most part of the show and later made an appearance on the wheelchair.
She holds the distinction of being the only member of The Saturdays to have solo performance in every single from their debut studio album, Chasing Lights.
The first thing she did after her bandmates decided to take a hiatus was to go on a holiday.
While growing up, she appeared in a number of local theater productions including West End production of The Lion King, in which she was cast as Young Nala.
While growing up, she was such a big fan of Canadian singer Celine Dion that she convinced her mother to name her younger sister Celine.
Christina Milian is Best Known For Her singles such as “AM to PM”, “When You Look at Me”, “Dip It Low”, “Whatever U Want”, “Say I” and others.
Christina Milian at a Pool Party at Kia Motors Malibu Estate
Christina Milian at CurveYourReality Launch Event in New York
Christina Milian at Focus Premiere in LA
Christina Milian at Privé Nightclub in Atlanta
Christina Milian at the Go Pool At Flamingo Las Vegas
Christina Milian at Warwick Night Club in Hollywood
Christina Milian Bikini Candids in Miami
Christina Milian Booty in Shorts at Runyon Canyon Park in LA
Christina Milian busty wearing a tube top outside the Club
Christina Milian Cleavage Candids in Beverly Hills
Christina Milian for Maxim Magazine Photoshoot by Jennyy Vi
Christina Milian from Snapchat, Instagram (May 2017)
Christina Milian in 2017 Photoshoot for Fashion Bomb Daily
Christina Milian in Bikini at Miami Beach
Christina Milian in Bikini in St Tropez
Christina Milian in Bikini on the Beach in Miami
Christina Milian in FHM Magazine – May 2016
Christina Milian in Miami
Christina Milian in Red Bikini in Miami
Christina Milian in Ripped Jeans for ‘Read Across America’ Program in LA
Christina Milian in Rolling Out Magazine Photoshoot – January 2016
Christina Milian NSFW Snapchat
Christina Milian on the TV Show ‘Extra’ in Times Square in NY
Christina Milian out with her Daughter Violet in Venice Beach
Christina Milian See-Through Candids in West Hollywood
Christina Milian Swimsuit Candids in Ibiza
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Paris Hilton and Christina Milian at the Beach in Malibu
Christina Milian has been famous since signing for Def Jam when she was just 19 years old. Along with that success came a need to spend her cash (or we assume she feels like she needs to spend it) as not only has she transformed her appearance through plastic surgery, she’s also purchased some pretty nice rides. Case in point; a $180,000 orange Bentley. Add to that a Rolls Royce and you know the girl’s got taste.
Born Name Christine Flores
Occupation Singer songwriter actress
Years active 1999–present
Age: 30 years and 11 months
Sun Sign Libra
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Measurements 36-23-35 in or 91.5-58.5-89 cm
Bra Size 34B
She has Cuban-American ancestry.
Milian attended Matthew Henson Middle School in Pomonkey, Maryland in Charles County.
Milian further went to Westlake High School.
Father – Don Flores
Mother – Carmen (née Milian)
Siblings – Danielle Flores (Younger Sister), Elizabeth Flores (Younger Sister)
She is signed to William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
Christina kept Australian music duo, Kasey Osborne and Kelsey-Maree Eckstein as her manager in February 2010.
For her acting career, she signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners in September 2012.
R&B, dance, hip-hop, pop
Cash Money, Def Soul, The Inc., Interscope, Island, MySpace, Radio Killa, Young Money
At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles “AM to PM” and “When You Look at Me”; “AM to PM” charted within the Top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and both peaked in the top three on the UK Singles Chart. In 2004, Milian released her second studio album It’s About Time, which provided her first major U.S. hit, “Dip It Low”, which reached number five on the U.S. Billboard chart. “Whatever U Want” was released as the album’s second single. Both singles charted within the Top 10 of the UK chart.
In 2006, Milian released her third studio album So Amazin’. The album produced one single, “Say I”, which peaked in the Top 30 of the US Billboard chart. A month after the release of So Amazin’, Milian’s representative confirmed that she had left Island Records due to creative differences. Milian signed with Interscope Records in 2009. A single, ballad “Us Against the World”, was released in October 2008. In 2012, Milian signed to Young Money Entertainment, which will release her fourth studio album.
Although Milian is best known for her singing career, she originally wanted to be an actress. Her first lead role was in the 2003 film Love Don’t Cost a Thing, and she subsequently had lead roles in Be Cool and the 2006 horror film Pulse. Milian had a minor role in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and starred as the lead role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, training with former Cleveland Cavaliers dancer Kelly Wilson. Milian has since been cast in the 2010 ABC Family Original Movie Christmas Cupid, alongside Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray.
On September 4, 2009, Milian and R&B singer-songwriter The-Dream eloped in Las Vegas, and she gave birth to their daughter, Violet, on February 26, 2010. Milian and The-Dream announced their separation on July 12, 2010. From 2015 to 2016, she acted in Grandfathered.
Milian was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is Cuban American. She was born to parents Don Flores and Carmen Milian, and raised in Waldorf, Maryland. She has been faced with the challenges of being an Afro-Latino She says apropos of that:
I’m Cuban but [people] didn’t get it because I was also brown-skinned… Latinos come in all colors, all shades… You should see my mom and her brothers and sisters… We just vary in color, shapes and sizes. But we’re still Latinos — that doesn’t change a damn thing.
Flores changed her name and adopted her mother’s maiden name (Milian) in the hopes of landing a wider range of acting roles. The oldest of three sisters, including Danielle and Elizabeth, she moved with her family to Waldorf, Maryland, soon after her birth. Milian was four years old when she showed an interest in show business, and when her family realized that she was a talented actress, she became determined to pursue an entertainment career. As a child, Milian was “very imaginative and very creative”, and watching television and listening to the radio became her life. They inspired her to have fun, and she convinced her parents that she “did not want to be inside the TV”, although it took some time to convince them. By the time she was nine years old, Milian had begun auditioning with local talent agencies, shot commercials for Wendy’s and Honeycomb, and played the lead role in the musical Annie. Milian’s mother noticed her daughter’s potential and left her husband and moved to Los Angeles with her three daughters when Milian was 13 years old. Her father had to stay in Maryland and divorced her mother soon after the move.
When Milian moved to Los Angeles, her only desire was to be an actress. She always wanted to be in the record business, but did not know how to obtain a recording contract. During this time, she was a host for Disney Channel’s series Movie Surfers. After living in Los Angeles for six months, Milian moved into the same apartment complex as songwriter and producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Jerkins heard about Milian from a boy band he was working with and once he heard her sing, they began working together. For a year and a half, Milian went into a studio every day and worked with Jerkins, which is where she started meeting people in the record business. She began writing songs at the age of 17 because she needed a demo to help her obtain a recording contract. According to Milian, every time she recorded a song, the producer would refuse to give her the demo, or would write lyrics that she did not agree with. She felt that she had to write a song, record a demo, and send it out on her own.
2001–02: Christina Milian, record deal and minor acting
Milian made her first professional musical appearance on rapper Ja Rule’s second studio album Rule 3:36 (2000), performing vocals on the song “Between Me and You”. The song was released as the album’s lead single in 2000, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in the top 30 of the UK Singles Chart. Milian co-wrote and performed backing vocals for the track “Play” for Jennifer Lopez’s album J. Lo (2001), and co-wrote “Same Ol’ Same Ol'”, the second single from girl group PYT’s debut album PYT (Down with Me) (2001). Milian’s collaboration with Ja Rule led to a record deal with Def Soul Records, prompted by his affiliation with Murder Inc. Records, an imprint that was distributed through Def Jam, the parent label of Def Soul Records. She travelled to Sweden and recorded her self-titled debut album. The album was released on October 9, 2001 in the UK, peaking at number 23 and selling a total of 101,986 copies. Internationally, the album peaked at number 36 in the Netherlands, and number 98 in Sweden. The album’s domestic release was postponed because of the September 11 attacks, which occurred just two weeks before its release date. Her label opted to release it later that year, in the fourth quarter, but as Milian explained, new artists generally do not release their albums during that time. As a result, the album was again delayed until the first quarter of 2002; however, Milian eventually opted not to release it. Two singles were taken from the album, “AM to PM” and “When You Look at Me”, both of which charted worldwide. A music video for the track “Get Away” was filmed in Paris, although it was not officially released as a single.
The critical response to the album was mixed to generally positive. Imran Ahmed of the New Musical Express predicted that based on the record, “genius can’t be more than a few albums away”. Contrastingly, entertainment.ie writer Andrew Lynch suggested that Milian needed original ideas. Milian believed that the public expected “a certain thing” from her when she first appeared with Ja Rule, however she wanted to record the type of music she was signed to do. She said that “AM to PM” was a “cool record,” but it was not what the public expected. Milian approached the executives at her record company, Island Def Jam, and “cussed them all out”, telling them that they were not listening to her. She felt that she had gained their respect by explaining that she was serious about her musical career. In the following years, she was featured on the track “It’s All Gravy”, a duet with British rapper Romeo, which was a UK top ten hit; provided the theme song for the hit Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible, “Call Me, Beep Me!”; and collaborated with Hilary Duff on Duff’s Christmas album Santa Claus Lane (2002), on the song “I Heard Santa on the Radio”.
“I’m kind of happy that I was never the successful actress that went into music. But now that people know me for my music, it’s definitely worked out for my acting career.”
Milian on her music and acting careers.
Although Milian is best known for her singing career, she originally wanted to be an actress. When asked whether she prefers singing or acting, Milian said that “they’re both my passion. But, honestly, if I had to choose, it would probably be my music. I love writing. I love listening. I love the challenge of it.” Milian has also stated that she loves “performing live on the stage … above all else. It’s my favorite.”
Milian’s first major acting role was offered by the Disney Channel to join The Mickey Mouse Club; however, she did not accept and opted to star as a reporter on Movie Surfers. During this time, she had minor roles in film and television, including Sister, Sister, Smart Guy, The Steve Harvey Show, Get Real, The Wood and American Pie. In 2002, Milian was appointed the host of the live competitive music series Becoming Presents: Wannabe on MTV, where she met director Joseph Kahn. Kahn suggested she audition for a lead role in the film Torque. Her audition was successful and she played a minor role in the film. She was subsequently cast in her first lead role in Love Don’t Cost a Thing. Milian has been described as a role model to young girls; she has said that there are a lot of people who young girls look up to, but “at the end of the day you have to be your own person and love yourself.” Milian worked with the Children Uniting Nations charity, in which she was a big sister to foster children, and says her favorite charity is the Penny Lane Foundation. Milian was awarded with a humanitarian award at The Reign fundraiser from the Elton John AIDS Foundation for being a role model for young children. Milian said, “I’ve never been rewarded that way and never been acknowledged like that. That was really nice of them, and I was happy I was able to show up for the kids.”
2003–04: It’s About Time and acting debut
“My first single off my last album, ‘AM to PM’, was more of a kiddie kind of thing, very pop. This new single is more R&B, kind of a club/party kind of vibe. And I’m excited about it ’cause it’s a new me. I’m 22 now and there’s been some maturity, and it’s nice for people to see this change.”
Milian on her growth between albums.
Milian felt that Island Def Jam was confused as to how they wanted her image to be portrayed; one second she was young and singing “AM to PM”, and next she was a grown woman singing “Get Away”. She realized that the change confused the audience, and that “nobody was buying it”. In 2003, Milian’s label Def Soul was shut down and absorbed by its parent Def Jam, although Milian was instead moved over to Island Records. After the international release of her debut album, Milian went back into the recording studio. The singer felt that music trends had changed into rock music, hardcore hip hop and tribute songs, and her music did not fall into those categories. Milian decided to stop recording and toured overseas for a year and a half. When she returned to the US, she decided not to release her previous album domestically, and started working on a new album. Milian traveled the world, working with the popular producers Bloodshy & Avant, “Darkchild”, Cory Rooney, Warryn Campbell, Bryan-Michael Cox and Polli Paul.
Milian’s second studio album, It’s About Time, was released in the US on July 13, 2004. The critical response to the album was mixed; the club tracks, most notably lead single “Dip It Low”, were praised while the ballads were said to be disappointing. The style and sound of the album was compared to that of Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez by several critics. Milian later admitted that her new sexy image for “Dip It Low” and the whole album was mainly for shock value. She had to make her way back into the US market, and by choosing a sexier image, she made a name for herself. “Dip It Low” was also meant to show that she was not the same 18-year-old girl in the “AM to PM” video. To create her new image, Milian also decided to change her appearance and lightened her hair. Taking inspiration from Janet Jackson who constantly changed her image, Milian thought to herself, “‘When did I like Janet Jackson the most?’ It was when she had her lightened hair.”
Milian believed that the album was more R&B when compared to her “bubble-gum” pop debut album. The change was reflected in the album’s lead single, “Dip It Low”, which was more of a club and R&B track than her previous pop release “AM to PM”. Milian performed as an opening act on the Usher and Kanye West tour to promote her album. The album debuted and peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200 album chart and number 21 in the UK, selling a total of 382,000 and 63,708 copies respectively, and received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Contemporary R&B Album” in 2005. The album’s first single, “Dip It Low”, became Milian’s biggest hit to date, reaching number two in the UK and number five in the US. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA for digital sales, and earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration”. The album’s second and final single, “Whatever U Want”, featuring Joe Budden, failed to reprise the success of the lead single but reached the top ten in the UK.
Milian starred in Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty, with John Travolta and Uma Thurman, and recorded two songs for its soundtrack. She was then cast in a lead role in the horror film Pulse, starring alongside Kristen Bell and Ian Somerhalder. The film was a remake of the Japanese film Kairo (2001), and was adapted by Wes Craven and Ray Wright. Filming took place in Romania, a traumatic time for Milian, where she endured racial abuse and discovered that boyfriend Nick Cannon was cheating on her. Milian has also appeared in two video games: Def Jam Vendetta (2003), where she plays Angel, a mob boss’ girlfriend, and as one of the female leads, Carmen Mendez, in the video game Need for Speed: Undercover (2008).
2005–06: So Amazin’ and record departure
Whereas Milian’s previous albums had pop and R&B stylings, she was encouraged by Island Def Jam to target a new audience and release an urban record. Explaining the change, Milian said that one of her main problems was that previous releases would often find mainstream success, but would be relatively unsuccessful on urban radio. As an R&B artist, she wanted to build her core audience–a true fan base that would support her through time–to increase her career’s longevity. The main purpose of her genre change was to go back to the streets and add to her core audience. To create a more urban record, Milian had a list of producers that she wanted to work with. L.A. Reid suggested to Milian that she should work with Cool & Dre, with whom she ended up working with as the first people to start off the album. Although Milian was originally supposed to work with several different music producers, she felt that the chemistry they had in the first week was so “instant and real” that she felt she could not get a better “vibe” with anybody else other than them. Milian ended up working with Cool & Dre on the majority of the production of the album, producing ten of the album’s eleven tracks together.The album completed within a three-month period, whereas Milian’s previous albums would take six months to a year.
Milian’s third studio album, So Amazin’, was released on May 16, 2006. The album’s lead single, “Say I”, featured rapper Young Jeezy. The single saw peak positions of number four in the UK, and number twenty-one in the US. So Amazin’ debuted and peaked at number eleven on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 54,000 copies in its first week and 163,000 copies in total. Internationally, the album peaked at number 55 on the Swiss Albums Chart, 67 on the UK Albums Chart, and 139 on the France Albums Chart. Reviews of So Amazin’ were mixed; critics felt that while Milian claimed that she was displaying the various sides of her personality, the album could “only scratch the surface of who she really is.” “Say I” was praised by several critics, and was described as “instantly rousing” and “intoxicating”. In June 2006, Milian’s representative confirmed that she had been dropped by Island Def Jam. In an interview with Rap-Up, Milian revealed she was dropped a week after her album was released. The singer believed it was a “budget cut”, and that Island Def Jam Music Group wanted to spend more money on label mate Rihanna. She said, “it was embarrassing. It was a week after my album got put out. I would be in my room a lot of the time crying by myself.” After leaving Def Jam, Milian released her first compilation album, The Best of Christina Milian (2006).
After the production of So Amazin’ in 2006, Milian began dating Andre Lyon from the production group Cool & Dre. The pair dated until February 2009, when they decided to go on a break. Milian said that they were still really close, and decided to break up because it was “hard to grow together when you live on two different coasts”. The singer wanted to take more opportunities and learn more about herself, which she often let go when in a relationship, but felt that she was in a now-or-never situation. Milian described Lyon as an amazing guy, and said that although there was a chance for the couple in the future, she needed to focus on herself.
2007–10: Elope and hiatus
Following her departure from Island Def Jam Music Group, Milian signed with MySpace Records in 2008. She began writing songs and recording in the studio with numerous different producers, including Cool & Dre, J. R. Rotem, The Runners, Danja, Terry “MaddScientist” Thomas, T-Pain, Jim Jonsin and Toby Gad. Milian was featured on the cover of Rap-Up’s 2008 Winter issue, in which she announced that the album’s title was Dream in Color (later retitled as Elope). A single was released in October 2008, ballad “Us Against the World”. It was written by Milian and produced by Madd Scientist. The single, described by Milian as a “cinematic power ballad”, premiered via MySpace on October 6, 2008, and was made available by digital download the next day. Milian felt that Madd Scientist “brought the best out of me” while producing “Us Against the World”, and “was really able to do some amazing things with my vocals”.
After recording songs with the aforementioned producers, Milian took a break from music and started filming Bring It On: Fight to the Finish. When Milian returned to music, she concentrated on promoting her single “Us Against the World”, and shot its music video. Since then, Milian said that she became “a little bit more meticulous with what I feel deserved to be on the album”, and resumed recording. Songs recorded for the album included the 1990s Madonna-styled ballad “Stay”, Euro-club record “Tug of War” and the feel-good song “Diamonds”, which featured Kanye West. Other features included Rick Ross on the Cool & Dre produced track “Blissful”, and Pitbull.
In early 2009, Milian began working with The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, and L.O.S. Da Maestro, which led to her signing a deal with Radio Killa Records. Milian revealed that aside from “Us Against the World”, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart would be producing all the songs on her album. In March 2009, Milian changed the album’s title to Elope. Regarding the album’s title change, Milian explained, “the definition of elope is to run away secretly with one’s beloved. This next album is about taking responsibility for yourself and making your own decisions.” In June 2009, The-Dream said that the album was finished. Upon completion of the album, Milian said it represented “independence, not having to answer to any type of ‘authority’, being a woman at her best and feeling very confident”. She said that fans could expect an “edgy sound with lots of strong powerful anthems. Big up tempos, R&B and Pop at it’s best and two big ballads”.
In August 2009, Milian confirmed that she had signed a deal to release Elope through Interscope Records, with a 2010 release date. Originally scheduled to be released in 2009, Tricky Stewart explained the delay, saying “we just got our label deals done, so the reason why some of these projects got delayed had to do with technicalities and things of that nature”. The album has been furthered delayed because of Milian’s marriage to The-Dream and her pregnancy. In January 2010, Milian said that she was going back into the studio in the summer to record more material. Although the album had already been finished when Milian took a break for her pregnancy, she wanted to “go back and re-do some of the music and make some new songs and find my new inspiration”. In October 2009, Tricky Stewart said that another single had yet to be chosen, and that it would be the first single off Elope. Reported choices for the first single include “Zipper”, “I’m a Cheat”, and “Supersonic”.
Milian starred as the main character in the Christmas television movie for the ABC Family channel entitled Snowglobe, alongside Lorraine Bracco. She was to be a leading character in The CW’s new show Eight Days a Week as Olivia, alongside Mario Lopez, but The CW decided not to pick up the series due to the Writers Guild of America strike. Milian had a minor role in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past alongside Matthew McConaughey, and starred as the lead role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: Fight to the Finish. and as one of the female leads, Carmen Mendez, in the video game Need for Speed: Undercover (2008).
2010–2014: Return to music, The Voice and Dancing with the Stars
Milian was scheduled to resume recording in July 2010 to complete the album; however, Milian opted to focus on her acting career. Despite the separation, Milian and The-Dream continued to “work together and write together”. At the 2010 Los Angeles Fashion Week, Milian performed “Zipper” and “Dip It Low”. Milian has worked on a fourth studio album since 2008, but its release has frequently been delayed. At the 2010 American Music Awards, she said it would be ready in 2011. In June 2011, her collaboration with The Jackie Boyz titled Memory was released in Japan. It is set to appear on their album Songs In My Blackberry.
NBC announced on October 27 that Milian would serve as the official Social Media Correspondent for The Voice. The role, previously held by Alison Haislip, saw Milian make regular appearances during the live broadcasts. She will also interact with fans through Facebook, Twitter, NBC.com and NBC Live. She has since left the show.
On February 12, 2012, Lil’ Wayne said that Christina Milian had joined Young Money, and will release her fourth album through Young Money Entertainment. The next day, a song titled “Mr. Valentine” leaked onto the internet. Milian told Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio. “Yeah, I’ve signed with Young Money. It was pretty awesome. This weekend we had a big party, a big YMCMB party, and Drake was performing and we were all up on the stage and Wayne got up there and he announced it himself. And so I was kind of surprised and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is awesome!'” Milian is currently recording her fourth album. “We’re just getting started on it,” she said. “I’ve already halfway gotten there and when my mom and I went to Wayne and we played him some of the music, off the second song, he was like, ‘I love it. Let’s do this deal.’ I have some music that’s already going to be on it and the second half I’m working with them now. When they did a little background check, they saw even the songwriting, all that kind of stuff adds on top of, alright, she’s an actress, she’s a pretty face, she can actually sing, but not to mention she’s a songwriter. I thought that was cool that they even saw that. They all get on each other’s records, so all I have to do is be home with everybody and we’ll just do lots of features.”
In October 2012 during an interview, Milian spoke of her Young Money debut: “Wayne just gets his artists, which is great, I have a very one-on-one business relationship with everybody from Mack Maine to Wayne. They’re just very involved in the project as far as bringing the music, playing songs, just giving their input. I really want to pick the perfect single though. It’s been a second since I’ve been out musically, so I do not want to fail and I don’t believe in failure, so I just try new things and figure out the pieces. That’s one thing that’s great about Wayne. He’s like, ‘Work with different producers, take your time, but at the same time, try new things. Don’t be stuck on one thing.'” In July 2013, it was discovered that her contract with The Voice would be ended.
In the summer, she collaborated with the Stafford Brothers and Lil’ Wayne on the single “Hello” which reached the Top15 on the Billboard Dance charts.
In September 2013, Milian became a contestant on Dancing with the Stars (season 17). She was partnered with professional dancer Mark Ballas. She was eliminated in week five despite receiving the highest score of the night. This was because the elimination was based on the previous week’s score (24) and viewer votes.
In July 2014, she announced she’d started work on a mixtape titled #TinaTurnUp.
In November 2014, she collaborated with Lil’ Wayne on his single “Start a Fire” which they performed on the American Music Awards.
2015-present: “#TinaTurnUp, new ventures, and a music refocus
On January 18, 2015, Milian debuted her reality show Christina Milian Turned Up. The series follows the day-to-day lives of Christina, her mother Carmen and her two sisters, Danielle and Liz Milian. It was renewed for a second season in April, which premiered in November 2015.
In March, she released a pair of singles (which were previewed in her reality series), with “Rebel” and “We Ain’t Worried”, of which the latter was used to promote her “We Are Pop Culture” clothing line. In July, she announced she was going to release a 5-track EP and video set, and was working with director Mike Ho. Also that month, she performed the National Anthem at the 2015 Americafest and premiered a new single “Like Me” featuring Snoop Dogg.
A few months later, she released another single “Do It” with Lil’ Wayne and changed the EP’s title to Like Me.
Her EP “4U” was released on December 4, 2015 which includes four tracks and music videos packaged in one.
In 2016, she collaborated with So Solid Crew’s MC Harvey on the dance track “We Own the Night” which premiered on August 12, 2016.
In June 2017, she appeared as a judge/panelist on the Fox television show, Superhuman. Superhuman features contestants who possess a distinct, nearly super-human ability in fields such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell, sight and more are challenged to push their extraordinary skills to win a $50,000 grand prize.
Milian met actor Nick Cannon on the set of their film, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, in 2003, and they began dating. After being together for two and a half years, Milian ended her relationship with Cannon in 2005 because of his cheating. Cannon revealed that he refused to stay faithful to Milian because their relationship was becoming too much like a “Christian romance”. When Cannon married Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008, Milian said, “regardless of what I felt in the past at the time, I actually forgive him and I’m very much over that.”
In February 2009, reports emerged that Milian was dating musician The-Dream. Music producer Dre of Cool & Dre said that he supported Milian’s relationship with The-Dream, “I think it’s gonna be a good fit for her”. He stated that he had “nothing but love for her and her family”, and that he “wished her the best and we’re definitely looking forward to what she’s got going on”. In late May 2009, it was reported that Milian and The-Dream were getting married, and the couple celebrated their engagement party in Las Vegas in June. On September 4, 2009, Milian and The-Dream eloped at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. MTV reported that Milian and The-Dream would get married again in Rome, Italy, and then renew their vows in the US in front of family and friends. On September 11, 2009, it was announced that Milian and The-Dream were expecting their first child together. The Daily Mail reported that “the pregnancy was a surprise, but they were getting married regardless”. On February 26, 2010, Milian gave birth to their daughter Violet Madison Nash, who had “a full head of hair.” Violet was Milian’s first child, and the fourth for The-Dream, who had three children with ex-wife Nivea. Christina Milian keeps Violet in touch with her Latina roots practicing Spanish with her and cooking Cuban food.
Violet speaks Spanish and understands it. She loves Cuban food! My mom is very good at teaching her about our culture, whether it be the food or Spanish or explaining to her that she’s Cuban. (Christina Milian)
In July 2010, The-Dream announced that he and Milian had separated in late 2009, only three months after their wedding in September of that year. Their divorce was finalized on October 23, 2011.
In September 2010, Christina began dating Jas Prince, son of Rap-A-lot Records CEO, James Prince. On September 2, 2013, It was confirmed that Christina and Jas have been engaged since before April. Christina moved out of the couple’s home on June 19, 2014, and the couple announced the following day that their engagement had been called off.
In July 2014, it was rumored she was dating rapper Lil Wayne, with whom she attended the ESPY Awards. They later confirmed their relationship in mid-2015 after which they received criticism from their interconnected exes, singer Nivea and songwriter The-Dream. They split at the end of 2015 after collaborating on various singles, videos, and concert dates.
Milian is a light-lyric soprano who has not displayed her voice all the way in terms of upper register. She has only showcased a full voice vocal range from Eb3 to F5. The tessitura and tone of her voice are naturally light in their quality but she has shown in her belts that she can create strong tones. Her vocal style has been compared to Paula Abdul. David Peisner of Maxim commented on her talent and described her voice as being “silky and sassy.” Earlier in her career, Milian was mainly an urban pop and teen pop singer but as she matured and grew her sound later grew to branch out into a more hip-hop soul and straight forward R&B sound on her later two releases It’s About Time and So Amazin’.
Milian described the sound of the album as “hip hop under-toned with nice, pop melodies”, and later said the genre of the album was “bubble-gum pop”. She described lead single “AM to PM” as a “very pop” and “fun, party/club song”. The genre of the album was described by one critic as “light-hearted, energetic R&B pop tunes”. Critics compared Milian to Aaliyah. Sonically, the album was said to stick “rigidly to the sherbert-snorting pop formula of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera”. One reviewer compared Milian to other singers of her generation, and found that “while Spears has gone raunchy with ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Christina Aguilera down and dirty on Stripped, and even clean-cut Mandy Moore has brashly cut her hair Felicity-style, Milian still seems young and real.” The critic also compared Milian to Beyoncé, “while Beyonce is shaking her bootylicious body like crazy on ‘Crazy In Love’, Milian is simply enjoying becoming a young star.” “It’s About Time” Compared to her “bubble-gum pop” debut album, Milian described the genre of It’s About Time as more R&B. Discussing the change of genre between her lead singles, Milian said that the “first single off my last album, ‘AM to PM’, was more of a kiddie kind of thing, very pop. Dip It Low is more R&B, kind of a club/party kind of vibe.” An issue Milian had with the album was that it did not flow. The various pop and urban influences in that album, she found, confused the audience. For her next studio album, Milian said that she wanted a more consistent feel.
In February 2010, it was announced that Milian had signed an Australian music duo, Kasey Osborne and Kelsey-Maree Eckstein, as their manager. Milian said, “the girls have everything it takes to be the biggest international pop duo out there. The world is definitely ready for these beautiful girls to hit the stage and kill it on screen.” She said that the duo were the “most exciting project” she had worked on, and were writing and recording an album to be released in 2010. In September 2010, Osborne stated that she was working on a solo album with Milian, was scheduled to release in 2011, but never did. The album project was pushed back to an unknown release date. Eckstein remained acting and working on her solo music, which was released late 2011. In early 2012, Eckstein released her Official Music Video to “The Revolution”, which was written by The Movement and Jesse McCartney and produced by The Movement. In September 2012, Eckstein signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners as her acting management.
Milian released her debut album Christina Milian on October 9, 2001 via Def Soul, and The Inc. records. It got the certification of “Gold” in UK and was able to sell 101,986 copies in UK.
It didn’t chart in U.S., but reached #23 in UK, #51 in Germany, #36 in Netherlands, #19 in Japan, and likewise.
She appeared in the 1998 film The Wood for her role as “Girl at the school Dance”.
First TV Show
In 1996, Christina played the guest role as Lana in the sitcom Sister, Sister in an episode titled “Kid-Napped”.
After giving birth to daughter Violet, she gained 45 pounds. Christina’s mom Carmen helped her to lose baby weight faster. In her first month of giving birth to Violet, Christina lost whopping 27 pounds. Carmen used to make various recipes for Christina using raw vegetables. She ate salads, proteins and other nutrients to lose weight.
Christina Milian Favorite Things
Book – The Alchemist
Albums – Janet (By Janet Jackson), Volume 2… Hard Knock Life (By Jay Z), Fan Mail (By TLC), Never Say Never (By Brandy)
Christina Milian Facts
Milian has two pet dogs named, Baby (Chihuahua) and Missy (Yorkshire Terrier).
Christina uses the last name as “Milian”, which is her mom’s maiden name.
After taking birth in New Jersey, Christina relocated to Waldorf, Maryland.
She is a light-lyric soprano.
She signed with Def Jam records at the age of 19. She signed with MySpace Records in 2008.
She is better known as singer, but she initially wanted to be an actress.
Milian describes her family as “first, her last, her everything”.
As a child, she did not have many friends. But, she was very friendly at that time too.
From 2012 to 2013, she served as a social media correspondent on the NBC’s reality singing show The Voice.
If she is allowed to live anywhere in the world, it would be Miami and New York.
Cassie Ventura leaves little to the imagination in cleavage baring trouser suit as she joins dapper boyfriend Sean 'Diddy' Combs at late night Grammys after-party. With the dust settling on a memorable evening at the 60th annual Grammy Awards it was Cassie Ventura who caught the eye as she joined boyfriend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs at the event’s star-studded after-party. With Bruno Mars sweeping the board with six awards at the prestigious event, Cassie caught the eye in a cleavage baring orange trouser suit as they made an entrance at New York nightspot 10AK.
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CASSIEWARMS UP ...For Diddy's NYE Blowout.
Diddy's (Sean Diddy Combs rap singer) girlfriend needed a little sun before a little bubbly for New Year's -- and she definitely got it ... on all sides. Paps got Cassie hitting the beach in Miami hours before her guy threw a blowout of a NYE party at their house -- where Diddy ended up helping a drunk woman who'd passed out. As for Cassie, looks like she was gettin' her sip on before the clock struck 12. She was all smiles too, and why wouldn't she be? It's easy to be happy when you look this good.
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diddys girl Cassie Ventura in GQ magazine
Cassie Ventura with Rihanna in party
Born Name Casandra Elizabeth Ventura
Years active 2005–present
Age: 31 years and 7 months
Sun Sign Virgo
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
Measurements 34-24-34 in or 86-61-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Father – Filipino ancestry
Mother – Stacey Hobson (African-American and Mexican ethnicity)
Siblings – Rod Ventura (Brother)
Cassie is signed to these modeling agencies –
R&B, contemporary R&B, pop, hip hop soul
Cassie Ventura attended a preparatory school, Williams School in New London, Connecticut. She finished her schooling in 2004. Cassie did not pursue her college education; instead moved to New York to learn dancing and do modeling assignments.
She is of Filipino descent on her father’s side and African-American, and Mexican descent on her mother’s side.
She has modeled for various local departmental stores, Delia (for their fashion catalog), Seventeen magazine, Calvin Klein one, Adidas, Clean and Clear and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Cassie is the face of Asos 2013 Spring collection.
Born in New London, Connecticut, she began her career as a result of meeting record producer Ryan Leslie in late 2002, who later signed her to NextSelection Lifestyle Group. During this time, Diddy heard “Me & U” in a club, and Leslie convinced him to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie’s NextSelection imprint for the release of Cassie’s debut album.
Cassie’s self titled debut studio album was released in August 2006, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 top three hit “Me & U”, which became a major hit in 2006.
She began work on her second studio album in 2007 releasing three singles; “Official Girl” featuring Lil Wayne in August 2008, “Must Be Love” featuring Diddy in April 2009, and “Let’s Get Crazy” featuring Akon in August 2009, which all failed to chart in the USA, in late 2009 Cassie signed a record deal with Interscope Records. On April 11, 2013 Cassie released her debut mixtape RockaByeBaby, which was promoted with the release of “Numb” featuring Rick Ross and “Paradise” featuring Wiz Khalifa.
Apart from music, Cassie is signed to modeling agency Wilhelmina Models and One Management. Cassie has modeled for Calvin Klein one and has been featured in magazines including GQ and Bust and becoming the face of ASOS 2013 spring collection.
Cassie has appeared in adverts for Delia’s, Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, Seventeen, and a commercial for Clean and Clear.
Cassie is known for being a style icon due to her “edgy style” and “feminine” and “sophisticated” fashion. Cassie is also known for setting the trend among women of shaving their hair, after Cassie shaved hers in 2009 influenced by punk.
Cassie cites Kate Moss as her style influence.
Cassie has also ventured into acting; she made her film debut in Step Up 2: The Streets (2008).
Cassie Ventura was born in 1986 in New London, Connecticut; the daughter of a Filipino father and a mother of African-American, Mexican and West Indian descent.
She attended the Williams School, a preparatory school, located on the Connecticut College campus.
At age 14 Cassie began modeling, and when she was sixteen, she was modeling for local department stores, Delia’s fashion catalog, and Seventeen.
Cassie also briefly appeared in R&B singer Mario’s “Just a Friend 2002” music video.
Encouraged by producer Rockwilder, Cassie took vocal lessons, modern ballet, as well as using her school’s performing arts program.
Cassie finished high school in 2004, instead of going to college like her peers she moved to New York City, where she returned to modeling and classes at the Broadway Dance Center.
While Cassie was in New York, she began booking print and commercial modeling gigs and being represented by Wilhelmina Models.
Ryan Leslie spotted Cassie at clubs and parties in late 2002 frequently. The two wrote a duet called “Kiss Me”, and after recording the track, Leslie played the song for music executive Tommy Mottola.
Mottola offered Cassie a management deal, and Leslie signed her to NextSelection Lifestyle Group, his music-media company he founded with online marketing partner Rasheed Richmond.
Leslie wrote and produced Cassie’s first single, “Me & U”, in 2005. The song became a club hit in Germany.
During this time, Diddy heard “Me & U” in a club, and Leslie convinced him to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie’s NextSelection imprint for the release of Cassie’s debut album.
Ryan Leslie produced most of the album, which is a mix of R&B/hip hop/pop. Ventura said in an interview, “I rap, I sing, I do my R&B, I do my slow songs and stuff that the girls will love, I have a down South joint, I have a rock song that I did with my girls this band called Pretty Boys.”
She paid tribute to her Filipino culture by incorporating OPM sounds into some of the ballads. The album, Cassie, was released on August 8, 2006 and sold 321,000 copies in the United States.
The album’s lead single “Me & U” peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, selling more than 1 million digital downloads.
To promote her album, Cassie performed on Total Request Live and 106 & Park: BET’s Top 10 Live. Her performances were described as “rocky” and “less-than-stellar”, but Diddy said that it was due to her inexperience.
He said that he would be “with her through her development”, and that he has no “question on her ability to sing”.
Cassie addressed the events on her MySpace page, saying that she is aware that her performances were “pretty bad”, and that she was “still getting over stage fright”.
MTV News reported in June 2007 that contrary to rumors, Cassie had not been dropped from Bad Boy Records after releasing two singles from her self-titled debut album. Diddy said that she was in the studio working with producers Kanye West and Pharrell Williams on her second album.
It was also reported that Cassie was no longer collaborating with Ryan Leslie, who had produced the majority of her debut album. However, the singer later stated that she was open to collaborating with Leslie again.
According to Bad Boy A&R Daniel ‘Skid’ Mitchell, rather than largely relying on the one songwriter-producer, the new album’s mix of writers and producers, as well as her own co-write input, makes it a more personal record for her.
Additional production on the album came from Seven and LV, as well as Diddy himself.
Cassie said that she had also collaborated with Akon, The Neptunes, Danja, Eric Hudson, The Surf Club and Rob Holiday, although she was not sure which tracks were going to be included on the album.
Commenting on the number of producers on the album, Cassie said that she “collaborated with a lot of different producers and a lot of different writers, which was an amazing opportunity for me, because on my first album, one producer Ryan Leslie straight through…which was fun, but it was nice to experience other people.”
2008–13: Acting and RockaByeBaby
In 2008 Cassie made her film debut as Sophie Donovan in the dance film Step Up 2: The Streets, Cassie also sang the lead single “Is It You” to the Step Up soundtrack. The song was released on November 13, 2007, and peaked at eighty-five on the Canadian Hot 100 and fifty-two in the United Kingdom.
In July 2009, Cassie announced that her second studio album’s title would be Electro Love. Cassie said that her new album will demonstrate more “independence”; there will be a “difference in vocals, a little bit more personality. And it’s definitely a sensual album”. Three singles have been released from the album; “Official Girl” featuring Lil Wayne in August 2008, “Must Be Love” featuring Diddy in April 2009, and “Let’s Get Crazy” featuring Akon in August 2009. All three singles failed to chart in the United States.
After several delays, it was announced in December 2009 that Cassie had signed a new record deal with Interscope Records. She is featured in a spread in the August/September issue of Bust in which she said a new single will be released in the fall. She has recently told her Twitter followers that she is still in the studio recording for her album. At the time of an October 2010 interview with HitQuarters, A&R Daniel ‘Skid’ Mitchell said that Cassie had already recorded around fifty songs for the album. Mitchell said that she was taking her time over the album because she is keen for “it to be something that people are going to respect”.
She also appeared in rapper Wiz Khalifa’s “Roll Up” music video as his love interest.
Cassie released the single, “King of Hearts”, which was released in the United States on February 14, 2012, along with the official music video.
On April 24, 2012, Cassie performed the single live for the first time at BET’s 106 & Park music video show. She concluded the performance with a brief dance number set to the Kanye West remix of the song, along with four dancers. After the performance Cassie and 106 & Park were worldwide trending topics on Twitter and it received mostly mixed to positive reviews from various online media outlets.
The single, “Balcony”, featuring Young Jeezy, was then sent to U.S. urban radio stations on September 18, 2012.
On September 13, 2012, Nicki Minaj released the debut single off her re-release album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, titled “The Boys”, featuring Cassie.
The song was then sent to urban radios on September 25 and a music video was released on October 18.
In July 2012, Cassie announced in a letter to her fans that she had been working simultaneously on her album and a new mixtape titled RockaByeBaby.
RockaByeBaby was released on April 11, 2013, and was named the best mixtape of the year by Dazed & Confused. The mixtape saw the release of “Numb” featuring American rapper Rick Ross on April 2, along with the songs accompanying music video and “Paradise” featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa premiered on April 9, 2013 alongside the video on BET 106 & Park.
In April 2013 it was announced that Cassie was the face of the Summer 2013 Forever 21 collection.
2016: Second studio album and return to acting
In March 2015, Cassie’s boyfriend, rapper Diddy announced he would return to producing and revealed he would be producing songs for Cassie’s second studio album.
In 2016 it was announced Cassie would return to acting, playing the lead role in the romantic comedy The Perfect Match. Released on March 11, 2016, the Billie Woodruff directed film, stars Cassie alongside Terrence J who plays Charlie, a successful playboy who doesn’t believe in love until he crosses paths with the sexy Eva (Cassie).
In August 2017, she released the single “Love a Loser” featuring American rapper G-Eazy.
Cassie’s musical sound is R&B, pop, and hip hop soul. Her voice has “character and ability”.
Cassie cites Aaliyah, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Nine Inch Nails, Britney Spears, La Lupe, Mariah Carey, Faith Evans and Usher as musical influences. Cassie also refers to herself as a “die-hard Janet Jackson fan”, continuing to say “I’d love to emulate Janet Jackson’s career—totally, Janet Jackson is an incredible and fantastic, from her moves to her voice”.
Cassie debut album was R&B and pop rock with urban and contemporary R&B styles, the album contained “looming synthesizer patterns” and “ice-cream-truck melody to give it a slightly twisted and threatening edge”, as well as containing “flippant playfulness”.
RockaByeBaby is an R&B and hip hop mixtape that featured “dark” and a “raw, laid back vibe”.
In May 2015, Cassie was featured in a racy advertisement for Diddy’s fragrance “3 AM”.
Cassie released her debut album titled Cassie on August 8, 2006. It charted at #4 in the Billboard US 200 and received a fairly good response. A total of 321,000 copies of the album were sold. The album also contains one the hit singles of 2006 “Me & U”.
Cassie debuted into acting with the 2008 film Step Up 2: The Streets for her role as Sophie Donovan, Chase’s ex-girlfriend.
Cassie Ventura Facts
She started her modeling career at the age of 14.
She was the face of ASOS 2013 Spring collection.
Cassie began her career in 2002 after meeting the record producer Ryan Leslie.
Kate Moss is her style influencer.
Cassie’s music influences include late Aaliyah, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, La Lupe, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, and Stevie Wonder.
She was also the face of Summer 2013 Forever 21 collection.
Alicia Keys singer celebrity best known for her singing styles and albums like Songs in A Minor (2001) and others. Her other notable singles include “Fallin”, “Girl on Fire”, “No One”.
Alicia Keys in a Bikini at a Pool in Miami
Alicia Keys in a Bikini at a Pool in Miami
alicia keys for elle magazine brazil september 2017
Alicia Keys – The Edit Magazine (November 2016)
Alicia Keys – Performs at the UEFA Champions League final in Milan
Alicia Keys – Performing at the Staples Center
Alicia Keys – Marie Claire South Africa Magazine (October 2014)
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Alicia Keys – 27th Annual ARIA Awards in Sydney
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Alicia Key at the 2014 Gordan Parks Foundation Awards Dinner & Auction in New York City
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Alicia Key singer celebrity on the beach
Alicia keys singer celebrity showed off her enviable figure in a plunging maroon frock as she walked the red carpet at the 2014 Gordan Parks Foundation Awards Dinner & Auction in New York City. The 33-year-old songstress struck a sassy pose with her hands on her hips and a big smile on her face as she showed off her decolletage in a very revealing ensemble, and almost risked a wardrobe malfunction.
Alicia Key singer celebrity
Alicia 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 released in 2001, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single “Fallin'”, and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003, spawning successful singles “You Don’t Know My Name”, “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Diary”, and selling 8 million copies worldwide. The duet song “My Boo” with Usher scored her a second number-one single in 2004. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged, becoming the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one.
Years active 1996–present
Genres R&B soul jazz hip hop
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, cello, guitar, keyboards, piano, synthesizer, vocoder,
Labels Arista, Columbia Records, J Records, RCA
Swizz Beatz Kerry Brothers, Jr. Emeli Sandé
Age: 37 years and 2 months
Nick Name Lellow
Sun Sign Aquarius
Height 5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Measurements 34-26-38 in or 86-66-96.5 cm
Bra Size 32B
At the age of 12, Alicia Keys enrolled herself into Professional Performing Arts School and majored in the choir by graduating at the age of 16.
Alicia Keyse was later accepted into the Columbia University also but didn’t attend to pursue her career in the field of music.
Father – Craig Cook (Flight attendant)
Mother – Teresa Augello (Paralegal and part-time actress)
Siblings – None
Alicia Keys is signed to Red Light Management. She signed with them in late 2010.
Alicia Keys is of Italian descent on her mother’s side and African American on her father’s side.
In 2007, she was seen in keepachildalive.org’s print ad.
She had appeared in Citibank Private Pass Credit Card commercial in 2012.
In 2005, Alicia Keys was featured in an infomercial “Proactiv acne treatment”.
She is also the ambassador of Keep a Child Alive organization.
As I Am was released in 2007, producing the Hot 100 number-one single “No One”, selling 5 million copies worldwide and earning an additional three Grammy Awards. The Element of Freedom was released in 2009, becoming her first chart-topping album in the UK, and selling 4 million copies worldwide. Keys additionally collaborated with Jay Z on “Empire State of Mind” as her fourth number-one single, and won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2010. Girl on Fire was released in 2012 as her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track. Her second live album, VH1 Storytellers was released in 2013. Here was released in 2016, becoming her seventh US R&B/Hip-Hop chart topping album.
Keys has won numerous awards such as 15 Grammy Awards and 17 NAACP Image Awards and has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists. Keys made her film debut in Smokin’ Aces and has also appeared in The Nanny Diaries and The Secret Life of Bees. Considered a pop icon, Billboard magazine named her the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed her number 10 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. VH1 also included her on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, while Time have named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005 and 2017.
Life and career
1981–1999: Early life and career beginnings
Alicia Keys is the only child of Teresa (Augello), a paralegal and part-time actress, and one of three children of Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Keys’ father is African American and her mother is of Sicilian (Sciacca) and either Scottish or Irish descent. Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her multiracial heritage because she felt she was able to “relate to different cultures”. Her parents separated when she was two and she was subsequently raised by her mother during her formative years in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. Keys has 2 younger half brothers: Clay Cook (Branch) and Cole Cook. In 1985, Keys made an appearance on The Cosby Show at the age of four, where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtable’s sleepover guests in the episode “Slumber Party”. Throughout her childhood, Keys was sent to music and dance classes by her mother. She studied classical piano from age seven, playing composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin, and enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12, where she majored in choir and began writing songs at the age of 14. She graduated in four years as valedictorian at the age of 16.
In 1994, Keys met long-term manager Jeff Robinson after she enrolled in his brother’s after-school program. The following year Robinson introduced Keys to her future A&R at Arista Records, Peter Edge, who later described his first impressions to HitQuarters: “I had never met a young R&B artist with that level of musicianship. So many people were just singing on top of loops and tracks, but she had the ability, not only to be part of hip-hop, but also to go way beyond that.” Edge helped Robinson create a showcase for Keys and also got involved in developing her demo material. He was keen to sign Keys himself but was unable to do so at that time due to being on the verge of leaving his present record company. Keys signed to Columbia Records soon after. At the same time as signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Keys was accepted at Columbia University. At first, Keys attempted to manage both, but after a month, she dropped out of college to pursue her musical career full-time.
Alicia Keys singer signed a demo deal with Jermaine Dupri and So So Def Recordings, where she appeared on the label’s Christmas album performing “The Little Drummer Girl”. She also co-wrote and recorded a song titled “Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black. The song was Keys’ first professional recording; however, it was never released as a single and her record contract with Columbia ended after a dispute with the label. Keys was unhappy with the label because her career had stalled during her two years under contract at Columbia due to executive indecision over her direction and major changes within the company. Keys called Clive Davis, who sensed a “special, unique” artist from her performance and signed her to Arista Records, which later disbanded. Keys almost chose Wilde as her stage name until her manager suggested the name Keys after a dream he had. Keys felt that name represented her both as a performer and person.
2000–2002: Songs in A Minor
Following Davis to his newly formed J Records label, Alicia Keys worked with Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and recorded the songs “Rock wit U” and “Rear View Mirror”, which were featured on the soundtracks to the films Shaft (2000) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), respectively. Keys’ first studio album Songs in A Minor was released in June 2001. Musically, it incorporated classical piano in an R&B, soul and jazz album. Jane Stevenson of Jam! described the music as “old-school urban sounds and attitude set against a backdrop of classical piano and sweet, warm vocals”. USA Today’s Steve Jones wrote that Keys “taps into the blues, soul, jazz and even classical music to propel haunting melodies and hard-driving funk”. Debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 236,000 units, it went on to sell over 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12 million copies internationally. Additionally, it was certified six times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Songs in A Minor established Keys’ popularity both inside and outside of the United States where she became the best-selling new artist and R&B artist of the year.
The album’s release was preceded by the April release of her debut single, “Fallin'”, which spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. The album’s second single, “A Woman’s Worth”, was released in February 2002 and peaked at seven on the Hot 100 and number three on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs; becoming her second top ten single on both charts. Released in June, “How Come You Don’t Call Me” served as the album’s third single, peaking at 59 on the Hot 100. The album’s fourth single “Girlfriend” was released in the United Kingdom where it peaked at 82. The following year, the album was reissued as Remixed & Unplugged in A Minor, which included eight remixes and seven unplugged versions of the songs from the original.
Songs in A Minor led Keys to win five awards at the 2002 Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song for “Fallin'”, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album; “Fallin'” was also nominated for Record of the Year. Keys became the second female solo artist to win five Grammy Awards in a single night, following Lauryn Hill at the 41st Grammy Awards. That same year, she collaborated with Christina Aguilera for the latter’s upcoming album Stripped on a song titled “Impossible”, which Keys wrote, co-produced, and provided with background vocals. During the early 2000s, Keys also made small cameos in television series Charmed and American Dreams.
2003–2005: The Diary of Alicia Keys and Unplugged
Alicia Keys followed up her debut with The Diary of Alicia Keys, which was released in December 2003. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling over 618,000 copies its first week of release, becoming the largest first-week sales for a female artist in 2003. It sold 4.4 million copies in the United States and was certified four times Platinum by the RIAA. It sold eight million copies worldwide, becoming the sixth biggest-selling album by a female artist and the second biggest-selling album by a female R&B artist. The album’s lead single, “You Don’t Know My Name”, peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for eight consecutive weeks, her first Top 10 single in both charts since 2002’s “A Woman’s Worth”. The album’s second single, “If I Ain’t Got You”, was released in February 2004 and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for six weeks. The album’s third single, “Diary”, peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, being their third consecutive Top 10 single in both charts. The album’s fourth and final single, “Karma”, which peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, first release to fail to achieve top ten status on both charts. “If I Ain’t Got You” became the first single by a female artist to remain on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for over a year. Keys also collaborated with recording artist Usher on the song “My Boo” from his 2004 album, Confessions (Special Edition). The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for three weeks, became her first number-one single in Hot 100 since 2001’s “Fallin'”.
Alicia Keys won Best R&B Video for “If I Ain’t Got You” at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards; she performed the song and “Higher Ground” with Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder. Later that year, Keys released her novel Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics, a collection of unreleased poems from her journals and lyrics. The title derived from one of her poems, “Love and Chains” from the line: “I don’t mind drinking my tears for water.” She said the title is the foundation of her writing because “everything I have ever written has stemmed from my tears of joy, of pain, of sorrow, of depression, even of question”. The book sold over US$500,000 and Keys made The New York Times bestseller list in 2005. The following year, she won a second consecutive award for Best R&B Video at the MTV Video Music Awards for the video “Karma”. Keys performed “If I Ain’t Got You” and then joined Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones in a rendition of “Georgia on My Mind”, the Hoagy Carmichael song made famous by Ray Charles in 1960 at the 2005 Grammy Awards. That evening, she won four Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “If I Ain’t Got You”, Best R&B Song for “You Don’t Know My Name”, Best R&B Album for The Diary of Alicia Keys, and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for “My Boo” with Usher.
Alicia Keys performed and taped her installment of the MTV Unplugged series in July 2005 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. During this session, Keys added new arrangements to her original songs and performed a few choice covers. The session was released on CD and DVD in October 2005. Simply titled Unplugged, the album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with 196,000 units sold in its first week of release. The album sold one million copies in the United States, where it was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and two million copies worldwide. The debut of Keys’ Unplugged was the highest for an MTV Unplugged album since Nirvana’s 1994 MTV Unplugged in New York and the first Unplugged by a female artist to debut at number one. The album’s first single, “Unbreakable”, peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It remained at number one on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay for 11 weeks. The album’s second and final single, “Every Little Bit Hurts”, was released in January 2006, it failed to enter the U.S. charts.
Alicia Keys opened a recording studio in Long Island, New York, called The Oven Studios, which she co-owns with her production and songwriting partner Kerry “Krucial” Brothers. The studio was designed by renowned studio architect John Storyk of WSDG, designer of Jimi Hendrix’ Electric Lady Studios. Keys and Brothers are the co-founders of KrucialKeys Enterprises, a production and songwriting team who have assisted Keys in creating her albums as well as creating music for other artists.
2006–2008: Film debut and As I Am
In 2006, Alicia Keys won three NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Song for “Unbreakable”. She also received the Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October 2006, she played the voice of Mommy Martian in the “Mission to Mars” episode of the children’s television series The Backyardigans, in which she sang an original song, “Almost Everything Is Boinga Here”. That same year, Keys nearly suffered a mental breakdown. Her grandmother had died and her family was heavily dependent on her. She felt she needed to “escape” and went to Egypt for three weeks. She explained: “That trip was definitely the most crucial thing I’ve ever done for myself in my life to date. It was a very difficult time that I was dealing with, and it just came to the point where I really needed to—basically, I just needed to run away, honestly. And I needed to get as far away as possible.”
Alicia Keys made her film debut in early 2007 in the crime film Smokin’ Aces, co-starring as an assassin named Georgia Sykes opposite Ben Affleck and Andy García. Keys received much praise from her co-stars in the film; Ryan Reynolds called her “so natural” and said she would “blow everybody away.” Smokin’ Aces was a moderate hit at the box office, earning $57,103,895 worldwide during its theatrical run. In the same year, Keys earned further praise for her second film, The Nanny Diaries, based on the 2002 novel of the same name, where she co-starred alongside Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans. The Nanny Diaries had a hit moderate performance at the box office, earning only $44,638,886 worldwide during its theatrical run. She also guest starred as herself in the “One Man Is an Island” episode of the drama series Cane.
Alicia Keys released her third studio album, As I Am, in November 2007; it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 742,000 copies in its first week. It gained Keys her largest first week sales of her career and became 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. The week became the second largest sales week of 2007 and the largest sales week for a female solo artist since singer Norah Jones’ album Feels like Home in 2004. The album has sold three million copies in the United States and has been certified three times Platinum by the RIAA. It has sold five million copies worldwide. Keys received five nominations for As I Am at the 2008 American Music Award and ultimately won two. The album’s lead single, “No One”, peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for ten consecutive weeks, became her first number-one single in Hot 100 since 2004’s “My Boo” and becoming Keys’ third and fifth number-one single on each chart, respectively. The album’s second single, “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”, was released in late 2007 and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for seven consecutive weeks. From October 27, 2007, when “No One” reached No. 1, through February 16, 2008, the last week “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” was at No. 1, the Keys was on top of the chart for 17 weeks, more consecutive weeks than any other artist in Hot R&B/Hip/Hop Songs chart. The album’s third single, “Teenage Love Affair”, which peaked at number 54 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The album’s fourth and final single, “Superwoman”, which peaked at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
“No One” earned Alicia Keys the awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Keys opened the ceremony singing Frank Sinatra’s 1950s song “Learnin’ the Blues” as a “duet” with archival footage of Sinatra in video and “No One” with John Mayer later in the show. Keys also won Best Female R&B Artist during the show. She starred in “Fresh Takes”, a commercial micro-series created by Dove Go Fresh, which premiered during The Hills on MTV from March to April 2008. The premiere celebrated the launch of new Dove Go Fresh. She also signed a deal as spokesperson with Glacéau’s VitaminWater to endorse the product, and was in an American Express commercial for the “Are you a Cardmember?” campaign. Keys, along with The White Stripes’ guitarist and lead vocalist Jack White, recorded the theme song to Quantum of Solace, the first duet in Bond soundtrack history. In 2008, Keys was ranked in at number 80 the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists. She also starred in The Secret Life of Bees Her role earned her a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards. She also received three nominations at the 2009 Grammy Awards and won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Superwoman”.
In an interview with Blender magazine, Keys allegedly said “‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other, ‘gangsta rap’ didn’t exist” and went on to say that it was created by “the government”. The magazine also claimed she said that Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were “essentially assassinated, their beefs stoked by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing”. Keys later wrote a statement clarifying the issues and saying her words were misinterpreted. Later that year, Keys was criticized by anti-smoking campaigners after billboard posters for her forthcoming concerts in Indonesia featured a logo for the A Mild cigarette brand sponsored by tobacco firm Philip Morris. She apologized after discovering that the concert was sponsored by the firm and asked for “corrective actions”. In response, the company withdrew its sponsorship.
2009–2011: The Element of Freedom, marriage and motherhood
In 2009, Keys approached Clive Davis for permission to submit a song for Whitney Houston’s sixth studio album I Look to You. She subsequently co-wrote and produced the single “Million Dollar Bill” with record producer Swizz Beatz. Months later, she was featured on rapper Jay-Z’s song “Empire State of Mind” which was the lead single from his eleventh studio album The Blueprint 3. The song was a commercial and critical success, topping the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her fourth number-one song on that chart. Additionally, it won Grammy Awards for ‘Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and ‘Best Rap Song’ the following year, among a total of five nominations. The following month, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored Keys with the Golden Note Award, an award given to artists “who have achieved extraordinary career milestones”. She collaborated with Spanish recording artist Alejandro Sanz for “Looking for Paradise”, which topped the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, this was Keys’ first number one on all three charts, which also made her the first Black-American of non-Hispanic origin to reach #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks.
Keys released her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 417,000 copies in its first week. As part of the promotional drive for the album, she performed at the Cayman Islands Jazz Festival on December 5, the final night of the three-day festival which would be broadcast on BET. It was preceded by the release of its lead single “Doesn’t Mean Anything” which peaked at sixty on the Hot 100, and fourteen on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Keys was ranked as the top R&B recording artist of the 2000–2009 decade by Billboard magazine and ranked at number five as artist of the decade, while “No One” was ranked at number six on the magazine’s top songs of the decade. In the United Kingdom, The Element of Freedom became Keys’ first album to top the UK Albums Chart. The album’s second single, “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart”, was released in November and peaked at number twenty-seven on the Hot 100 and number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album’s third single “Put It in a Love Song” featured recording artist Beyoncé. The music video for the single, which was filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been postponed several times, and later it was confirmed that Alicia Keys’ team made a decision not to release the video. In February 2010, Keys released the fourth single, “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down” peaked at fifty-five on the Hot 100 and seventy-six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In May, “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” featuring rapper Drake was released as the album’s fifth single. While only peaking at twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100, it topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for twelve consecutive weeks. The song became the album’s most successful single; Keys eighth number one on the chart; and Key’s first number one song in five years. The album’s sixth and final single, “Wait Til You See My Smile”, was released in December 2010 in the United Kingdom.
In May 2010, a representative for Keys and Swizz Beatz confirmed that they were engaged and expecting a child together. Keys and Beatz had a wedding celebration on the French island of Corsica on July 31, 2010. On October 14, 2010, Keys gave birth to their son, in New York City. She recorded a song together with Eve called “Speechless”, which is dedicated to her son.
In June 2011, Songs in A Minor was re-released as deluxe and collector’s editions in commemoration of its 10th anniversary. To support the release, Keys embarked on a four-city promotional tour, titled Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys, featuring only her piano. Keys is also set to co-produce the Broadway premiere of Stick Fly, which was scheduled to open in December 2011. On September 26, 2011, was the premiere of Project 5, known as Five, a short film that marks the debut of Keys as a director. It is a documentary of five episodes that tell stories of five women who were victims of breast cancer and how it affected their lives. The production also has co-direction of the actresses Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and film director Patty Jenkins. In October 2011, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Keys will release her future material on RCA Records.
2012–2015: Girl on Fire
Keys released her fifth studio album Girl on Fire through RCA Records on November 27, 2012. Keys has stated that she wants the album to “liberate” and “empower” fans. The album’s title track was released on September 4 as its lead single and peak number eleven on Billboard hot 100, the single was Keys’s first top twenty own single on the chart since 2007 single “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”, she performed the song for the first time at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6. “Girl on Fire” is an uptempo anthem. “Brand New Me” was released as the album’s second single. A softer ballad, it was noted as significantly different from the album’s lead single. Prior, two songs from Girl on Fire were released as promotion. The first was a song titled “New Day”. The song was later revealed to be the solo version of 50 Cent’s lead single featuring Dr. Dre and Keys. Another song, “Not Even the King” was uploaded to VEVO as a promotional song. Co-written by Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé, its lyrics talk about a rich love that couldn’t be afforded by “the king”. Overall sales of the album were considerable lower than Keys’ previous ones. On September 2012, Keys collaborated with Reebok for her own sneakers collection. In October, Keys announced her partnership with Bento Box Entertainment’s Bento Box Interactive to create an education mobile application titled “The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee” for iOS devices about the relationship between a young New York City girl and her wise grandmother. The app will feature two of Keys’ original songs, “Follow the Moon” and “Unlock Yourself”.
In January 2013, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins and singer Alicia Keys officially unveiled the BlackBerry 10 mobile platform in New York City. Keys signed up to help sell BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced on January 30, 2013 that the Grammy Award-winning singer would be the company’s new Global Creative Director. In January 2014, BlackBerry said it will part ways with singer Alicia Keys at the end of that month, a year after the Canadian company signed her up as its global creative director in a widely publicised move. In June 2013, her VH1 Storytellers special was released on CD and DVD. Also, Keys and Maxwell were working on a “Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell” type of duets EP. In 2013, she performed a duet with Italian singer Giorgia on the song “I Will Pray (Pregherò)”. In November, the song was extracted as the second single from Giorgia’s album Senza Paura and has been marketed in digital stores worldwide. In 2014, Keys collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on the song “It’s On Again” for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. In July 2014, it was reported that Keys had changed management from Red Light Management’s Will Botwin to Ron Laffitte and Guy Oseary at Maverick.
On September 8, 2014, Keys uploaded the music video to a new song called “We Are Here” to her Facebook page, accompanied by a lengthy status update describing her motivation and inspiration to write the song. It was released digitally the following week. Keys was also working with Pharrell Williams on her sixth studio album, first set for a 2015 release. In an interview with Vibe, Keys described the sound of the album as “aggressive”. One of the songs on the album is called “Killing Your Mother”. Keys also played the piano on a Diplo-produced song “Living for Love” which featured on Madonna’s thirteenth studio album Rebel Heart (2015). In November 2014, Keys announced that she is releasing a series of children’s books. The first book released is entitled Blue Moon: From the Journals of MaMa Mae and LeeLee. Keys gave birth to her second child, son Genesis Ali Dean, on December 27, 2014. In 2015 Keys performed at the BET Awards 2015 with The Weeknd. In September 2015, Swizz Beatz stated that Keys’ sixth studio album will be released in 2016. Keys played the character Skye Summers in the second season of Empire. She first appeared in the episode “Sinned Against”, which aired November 25, 2015.
2016–present: Here and The Voice
On March 25, 2016, Keys was announced as a new coach on Season 11 of The Voice. During The Voice finale, she finished in third place with her team member, Wé McDonald. On May 4, 2016, Keys released her first single in four years, entitled “In Common”. On May 28, 2016, Keys performed in the opening ceremony of 2016 UEFA Champions League Final in San Siro, Milan. The song topped Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart on October 15. On June 20, 2016, Keys executive produced and starred in a short film We Are Here. The film follows Zara (Keys) and her family’s quest to flee from the United States to Mexico after America after numerous bomb blasts destroy Los Angeles turning it into a war zone. On July 26, 2016, Keys performed at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. In October 2016, she released a single from upcoming album Here called Blended Family (What You Do For Love) feat. A$AP Rocky. On November 1, Keys unveiled her short film, “The Gospel,” to accompany the LP. Here was released on November 4, peaking at number 2 of the Billboard 200, becoming her seventh top 10 album. It peaked at number-one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, becoming her seventh chart topper.
In January 2017 she released the track “That’s What’s Up” that re-imagines the spoken word segment on the Kanye West song “Low Lights”. In season 12 of The Voice, Alicia was a coach for the second season in a row. She won the competition with her artist Chris Blue in the season 12 finale broadcast on May 23, 2017. In May 2017, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Alicia announced that she is working on her seventh studio album. In a letter to her fans, on the ‘As I Am’ 10th Anniversary, she revealed that the album is almost ready. On September 17, 2017, Keys performed at Rock in Rio, in a powerful and acclaimed performance. On October 18, 2017, NBC announced that she will be returning to the series for the upcoming 14th season on The Voice alongside veterans Levine, Shelton, and new coach Kelly Clarkson. She wrote and composed the song “We Are Here”, which was featured in the short film We Rise; that film was part of the New-York Historical Society’s “Hotbed” exhibit about women’s suffrage, which ran from November 3, 2017 to March 25, 2018. On December 5, 2017, Hip-hop artist Eminem revealed that Keys would be collaborating on the song “Like Home” for his ninth studio album Revival.
VH1 placed Keys at number 10 on their 100 Sexiest Artist list. Described as an “uneasy sex symbol”, Keys was subject to rumours of homosexuality in 2003 which she denied. In 2011, a wax figure of Keys was unveiled at Madame Tussauds New York.
In May 2016, Keys began a makeup-free campaign, explaining “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.” on Lenny Letter. She appeared at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, and received a mixed reception from social media. Daniela Morosini of Cosmopolitan hailed her bravery stating “being in the public eye means constant scrutiny”, while Autumn Whitefield-Madrano of The Washington Post in contrast referred to her inherent attractiveness, calling it “less complicated than it would be for someone without those genetic gifts”. Niela Orr of Buzzfeed further suggested it to be perceived as a PR stunt.
An accomplished pianist, Keys incorporates piano into a majority of her songs and often writes about love, heartbreak and female empowerment. She has cited several musicians as her inspirations, including Carole King, Whitney Houston, Prince, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Keys’ style is rooted in gospel and vintage soul music, supplemented by bass and programmed drumbeats by Joseph Quevedo. She heavily incorporates classical piano with R&B, soul and jazz into her music. She began experimenting with other genres, including pop and rock, in her third studio album, As I Am, transitioning from neo soul to a 1980s and 1990s R&B sound with her fourth album, The Element of Freedom. Patrick Huguenin of the New York Daily News stated that her incorporation of classical piano riffs contributed to her breakout success. Jet magazine states she “thrives” by touching her fans with “piano mastery, words and melodious voice”. The Independent described her style as consisting of “crawling blues coupled with a hip-hop backbeat”, noting that her lyrics “rarely stray from matters of the heart”. Blender magazine referred to her as “the first new pop artist of the millennium who was capable of changing music.”
Keys playing the piano, supported by three backup vocalists.
Keys has a three octave contralto vocal range. She can sing from B flat over an octave below middle C (B♭2) to soprano C (C6). Keys has been commended as having a strong, raw and impassioned voice; others feel that her voice is “emotionally manufactured” at times and that she pushes her voice out of its natural range. Keys’ songwriting is often criticized for lack of depth, which has led to her writing abilities being called limited: her lyrics have been called generic, clichéd and revolving around generalities. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune feels that she “[pokes] around for multi-format hits rather than trying to project any sort of artistic vision”. Conversely, Jon Pareles of Blender magazine stated that the musical composition of her songs makes up for their lyrical weakness, while Gregory Stephen Tate of The Village Voice compared Keys’ writing and production to 1970s music.
Keys has been referred to as the “Queen of R&B” by various media outlets.
Time have listed her in their list of 100 most influential people twice. Christopher John Farley wrote “Her musicianship raises her above her peers. She doesn’t have to sample music’s past like a DJ scratching his way through a record collection; she has the chops to examine it, take it apart and create something new and personal with what she has found” in 2005, while Kerry Washington also wrote “Songs In A Minor infused the landscape of hip-hop with a classical sensibility and unfolded the complexity of being young, gifted, female and black for a new generation. Alicia became an avatar for millions of people, always remaining true to herself” in 2017. Rolling Stone considers Songs In A Minor to be in their “100 Greatest Albums”, and its single “Fallin'” in their “100 greatest songs” of the 2000s decade.
VH1 have also listed Keys in their “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time”, 14th on “100 Greatest Women”, and 33rd on “50 Greatest Women of the Video Era” lists. Described by Billboard as an “international pop icon”, she was placed at number 27 on their “35 Greatest R&B Artists of All Time” list. The BET Honors honored Keys for her contributions to music with the Entertainment award in 2008. Keys also received a Golden Note award at the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music awards in 2009.
Keys’s work has influenced many contemporary soul artists such as Adele, Bruno Mars, and Emeli Sandé.
Keys is listed on the Recording Industry Association of America’s best-selling artists in the United States, selling over 17.8 million albums and 21.9 million digital songs. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Billboard ranked Keys as the fifth most successful artist of the 2000s decade, top R&B artist of the 2000s decade, and placed her at number 10 in their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years.
Keys has earned numerous awards including 15 Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 9 Billboard Music Awards and 7 BET Awards. Keys received 5 Grammy Awards in 2005, as the only the second American singer to win as many in one night. Fuse ranks her as the thirteenth most awarded musician of all time. Keys was the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. She has attained 4 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles from 9 top-ten singles. She has also attained 8 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Airplay number-one singles, and set a Guinness World Record on the former in 2008, when she became the first artist to replace herself at number one with “No One” and “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”. “No One” and “Empire State of Mind” are also amongst the list of best-selling singles worldwide.
Keys maintained a low-profile relationship with producer Kerry Brothers Jr. from 2006.
Keys then began dating rapper Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) in 2008, who was still in the process of divorcing from his then-wife, singer Mashonda Tifrere. Keys and Dean announced their engagement on May 2010, while expecting their first child. They held a Zulu ceremony to bless the unborn child in the Illovo suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They were married in July 2010 on the French island of Corsica. Keys gave birth to a son, Egypt Daoud Dean, in October 2010. She gave birth to their second son, Genesis Ali Dean, in December 2014. Keys and Dean reside primarily in Englewood, New Jersey; until 2010 Keys lived in Syosset, New York.
Philanthropy and activism
Keys is the co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa. She was first inspired to take on the issue of the AIDS epidemic ever since she was 8 years old when her mother’s close friend died from the disease. Keys was also born during a time when the AIDS epidemic was gaining a lot of attention in the United States. Keys became a protestor at the New York City Hall against proposed budget cuts for students’ education on June 2002. Keys and U2 lead singer Bono recorded a cover version of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush’s “Don’t Give Up” to raise funds for Keep a Child Alive. Keys and Bono’s version of the song was retitled “Don’t Give Up (Africa)” to reflect the nature of the charity it was benefiting. She visited African countries such as Uganda, Kenya and South Africa to promote care for children affected by AIDS. Her work in Africa was documented in the documentary Alicia in Africa: Journey to the Motherland and was available in April 2008.
Keys has also donated to Frum tha Ground Up, a non-profit organization that aids children and teenagers with scholarships. She performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of the worldwide Live 8 concerts to raise awareness of the poverty in Africa and to pressure the G8 leaders to take action. In 2005, Keys performed on ReAct Now: Music & Relief and Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, two benefit programs that raised money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. In November 2006, she joined David Bowie for what would turn out to be his final live performance at a fundraising event in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, where they sang a three-song set which included “Changes”. In July 2007, Keys and Keith Urban performed The Rolling Stones’ 1969 song “Gimme Shelter” at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the American leg of the Live Earth concerts.
Keys performed Donny Hathaway’s 1973 song “Someday We’ll All Be Free” at the America: A Tribute to Heroes televised benefit concert following the September 11 attacks. She participated in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert which took place at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway, on December 11, 2007, along with other various artists. She recorded a theme song for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. She joined Joss Stone and Jay-Z on the effort, which served as a theme song for Obama’s campaign. For her work, Keys was honored at the 2009 BET Awards with the Humanitarian Award. Keys performed the song “Prelude to a Kiss”, retitled “Send Me an Angel”, from her 2007 album As I Am for the “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” telethon in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
On June 7, 2011, Keys spoke alongside musician Annie Lennox at the United Nations AIDS conference in New York. She participated in a panel titled “HIV Priorities for Positive Change: In Women’s Words”, in which she calls on supporting organizations that provide treatment and care for families affected by AIDS. Empowering the next generation of women, she says, would greatly aid in the end to the disease.
In September 2012, she was featured in a campaign called “30 Songs / 30 Days” to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book. In March 2013, Keys teamed up with Greater Than AIDS to launch EMPOWERED, a new public information campaign to reach women in the United States about HIV/AIDS. Appearing in a public service announcement for EMPOWERED, Keys spoke with five women whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. In December 2012, Keys performed alongside many other native New Yorkers in 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The artist’s Keep A Child Alive foundation organizes an annual gala called the Black Ball. Every year, artists come together and perform to raise funds for families affected by HIV/AIDS. According to Keys, the Black Ball held in 2014 raised around 2.4 million dollars. 2016’s Black Ball featured performances from Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Pattie Smith, and Salt-N-Peppa.
In May 2016, Keys initiated a #NoMakeup movement, where she wrote on Lenny “Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked”. Keys presented her movement at various events, and received a range of both complimentary and critical responses.
In July 2016, Keys participated in a video on taking action against systemic racism in the United States titled, “23 Ways You Could Be Killed if You are Black in America”.
After the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States in 2017, Keys protested during the Women’s March on Washington. She was one of the key speakers, and she said that “we want the best for all Americans. No hate, no bigotry, no Muslim registry. We value education, health care, equality.” She added that she cares about women’s equal pay, war, women’s rights, and environmental protection. Keys also sang a version of her hit song “Girl on Fire.”
Alicia Keys uploaded a picture to Instagram in 2017, in which she is wearing an Islamic Burqa with her leg showing. She was immediately criticized for having a lack of knowledge to what the required method of dress entails, since she would have been arrested for doing that in a Muslim country. Because of the backlash, she promptly removed the picture with no apologizes and no explanation.
In Montréal, on May 27, 2017, Alicia Keys received and shared the award for the Ambassador of Conscience 2017 from Amnesty International alongside Canadian Indigenous rights activists.
Alicia released her debut album Songs in A Minor on June 5, 2001 by J Records. It charted at #1 in US, US R&B, and Netherlands and was certified as 6x Platinum in USA. As of 2008, she sold 12 million copies of the album worldwide. The album consists of 16 singles making it more than hour’s length.
She made her film debut with Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces in which she played the role as Georgia Sykes. The film was initially released on December 9, 2006, but released on January 26, 2007 in USA.
First TV Show
In 1985, Alicia appeared as Maria in NBC’s sitcom The Cosby Show in episode no. 22 of season 1 titled “Slumber Party”.
Alicia Keys Favorite Things
Style Icon – Bianca Jagger
Cities – New York, Barcelona
Makeup – Eyeliner
Book – The Island Beneath the Sea (By Isabel Allende)
Alicia Keys Facts
Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and the Wu-Tang Clan have influenced her musical career.
She had been raised primarily by her mom as her parents divorced at the age of two.
She has released a song “Speechless”, which she recorded along with singer Eve, which is dedicated to her son Egypt.
She started playing piano at 7.
Keys started songwriting at the age of 14.
She is good friends with singer John Mayer.
In early 2013, she joined BlackBerry as their “Global Creative Director”.
She is the co-founder of non-profit organization Keep a Child Alive.
Alicia takes help from her personal trainer, Jeanette Jenkins. She guides people to drink water (in ounces), which is half of one’s body weight. For instance, if one weighs 140 pounds, the person should drink 70 ounces of water daily.
She has also taken help from the celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak in the past.
Nicole Richie is Best Known For Her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood friend Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons.
Nicole Richie in bikini
Nicole Richie shows off her slender body and perfect diving form while vacationing with Jessica Alba in St Barts on April 6, 2013. Richie overcame an eating disorder years ago but her skeletal frame suggests she may be struggling with her body image again. 'Punky Brewster' actress Soleil Moon Frye also lounged in the sun but kept a modest look in a black shirt.
Nicole Richie in bikini
Nicole Richie in bikini
Nicole Richie in bikini
Nicole Richie in bikini
Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie soak up the sun, sand and water on the beaches of St. Barths
Saturday April 6, 2013. Nicole Richie soak up the sun, sand and water on the beaches of St. Barths.
March 21, 2012: Nicole Richie is seen wearing a bikini at a South Beach hotel pool in Miami Beach, Florida.
March 21, 2012: Nicole Richie is seen wearing a bikini at a South Beach hotel pool in Miami Beach, Florida.
March 21, 2012: Nicole Richie is seen wearing a bikini at a South Beach hotel pool in Miami Beach, Florida.
Nicole Richie Shows Off Her Bikini Body As She Parties Poolside at Her Miami Hotel
Nicole Richie Shows Off Her Bikini Body As She Parties Poolside at Her Miami Hotel
Nicole Richie in bikini
Still slender but looking muscular and very tanned, Nicole Richie swims and frolics on the beach in Malibu with a mystery man and some friends.
23/07/05 LOS ANGELES, CA., USA AFTER GETTING SOME COFFEE, NICOLE RICHIE AND FRIENDS ARRIVE AT THE BEACH WHERE THEY ENJOYED THE AFTERNOON BY THE OCEAN. NICOLE WAS REALLY ENJOYING HERSELF AND FROM SOME ANGLES LOOKED REALLY GOOD BUT FROM OTHERS LOOKED FAR TOO SKINNY! CHECK OUT ALL HET TATTOO'S!
Nicole Richie in bikini
Nicole Richie in bikini
Nicole Richie in bikini
Nicole Richie in bikini
Nicole Richie TV personality with Paris Hilton
Nick Name: Nikki, Nic, Coleey
Occupation: Actress, TV personality, fashion designer, author, singer, socialite
Years active: 1996–present
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
Measurements 34-24-32 in or 86-61-81 cm
Bra size 34A
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Light Brown
Age: 36 years and 7 months
Father – Peter Michael Escovedo (Musician)
Mother – Karen (Executive assistant of Nicole’s aunt Sheil E)
Siblings – Myles Richie (Younger Half-Brother), Sofia Richie (Younger Half-Sister) (Socialite, Model)
Others – Brenda Harvey-Richie (Adoptive Mother), Lionel Richie (Adoptive Father)
In 1999, she graduated from Montclair College Preparatory School. After that, Nicole studied Media and Arts from University of Arizona but dropped out after 2 years.
Nicole is represented by these agencies –
Artist and Brand Management
United Talent Agency
Genre Soul, R&B, Pop, Pop Rock
Pierced right nipple
Ballerina slippers tattoo below right side bikini line
Tiara left hip tattoo
Wings back tattoo
Large cross like design tramp stamp
Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons. The Simple Life was a hit for the Fox network, premiering with 13 million viewers. Richie’s personal life attracted significant media attention during The Simple Life’s five-year run, and she was a constant fixture of tabloid journalism before and after her appearance.
Richie appeared as one of the three mentors on NBC’s Fashion Star. In July 2014, Richie’s reality show Candidly Nicole premiered on VH1 and ran for two seasons. Since 2017, Ritchie has been appearing in her first regular series as Portia in the NBC sitcom, Great News.
Richie was born in Berkeley, California, and has English, Mexican and Creole African-American ancestry. Her biological father, Peter Michael Escovedo, is the brother of Sheila E, and her biological mother is Karen Moss. When she was three years old, her biological parents agreed to let her move in with Lionel Richie because they could not afford to provide for her. “My parents were friends with Lionel,” she told People in 2003. “They trusted that they would be better able to provide for me.” Initially, Lionel Richie became her guardian.
Richie and his wife Brenda Harvey legally adopted Nicole when she was nine. Shortly after, Lionel’s affair with another woman became public knowledge. Lionel and Brenda went through a bitter public split; as a result, they were indulgent to the young Nicole. “Their way of making me happy was to say, ‘yes,’ to everything I wanted, but I don’t think a little girl should have that much freedom,” said Richie in an interview with Vanity Fair. Following the divorce, Lionel remarried and had two more children: Myles (b. 1994) and Sofia (b. 1998).
Richie’s godmother is Nancy Davis, daughter of Marvin Davis and mother of Brandon Davis. Michael Jackson was Richie’s godfather. Quincy Jones said in a People magazine interview that he has “known Nicole Richie since she was a baby. She’s a very smart girl”.
Richie graduated from Montclair College Preparatory School in 1999, then attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, alongside Kourtney Kardashian and Luke Walton, where she studied Arts and Media. She did not have a definitive study plan in Arizona, dropped out after two years, and returned to California.
Career – Television
Main article: The Simple Life
In 2003, Richie and her then–best friend Paris Hilton starred in the reality series The Simple Life, in which they lived for a month with a family in the rural community of Altus, Arkansas. The series premiere debuted on Fox on December 2, 2003, to 13 million viewers, increasing Fox’s reach among viewers 18–49. The series continued for a second and third season.
Fox subsequently canceled the show after a dispute between Hilton and Richie, but it was aired by E! Entertainment Television for its fourth season, drawing nearly one million viewers and was followed by a relatively unsuccessful fifth season. Complications arose during production of the fifth season, with both Richie and Hilton facing major charges for DUI, and at risk of serving jail time. Hilton was sentenced to 23 days in jail, though this was after production of the season had finished. Richie accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to four days in jail, again after production had wrapped. Despite talks of a sixth season, the series finished its run at the end of the moderately unsuccessful fifth season.
In 2005, Richie made her acting debut in the comedic drama Kids in America. Richie has guest starred in television series including Eve, Six Feet Under and American Dreams, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and playing the recurring character Heather Chandler on Chuck. In July 2008, plans were announced to turn Richie’s 2005 novel, The Truth About Diamonds, into a television series.
On January 1, 2010, it was announced that Richie would appear as a guest judge on Project Runway.
In early 2016, Richie auditioned for a role in the NBC sitcom, Great News, created by Tracey Wigfield and produced by Wigfield and Tina Fey, which is set in the world of television news. Although Richie’s audition was not successful, she was later brought in to replace Kimrie Lewis-Davis in the supporting role of Portia, an anchorwoman at the news channel depicted in the series. The show’s producers had initially cast Lewis-Davis as Portia, but decided to go in a different direction with the character after seeing the results of the pilot episode. When speaking about casting Richie in her first scripted series-regular television role, Fey explained: “She’s a really funny person and has an instant likability. Those are instincts you can’t teach. People have it or not. She has good timing without really pushing it.”
Main article: The Truth About Diamonds
In 2005, Richie wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Truth About Diamonds, which was released by Bharell Jackson Publishing. The novel is loosely based on her life, but is mostly fictional. It chronicles the life of Chloe Parker, a singer’s adopted daughter who makes her way through all the popular nightclubs and parties in Hollywood while battling a drug addiction. In early January 2006, The Truth About Diamonds peaked at number No. 32 in Hardcover Fiction on The New York Times Best-Seller List.
Richie’s second novel, Priceless, was released on September 28, 2010. It tells the story of a girl who loses everything and then learns about what really matters in life.
Richie has been the face of Bongo Jeans and Jimmy Choo advertising campaigns. In April 2007, Richie announced plans to start a jewelry, accessories, and sunglasses line along with a perfume and style book. In October 2008, she debuted a jewelry line, House of Harlow 1960. The line became available at Kitson’s online boutique. In spring 2010, the line was extended to include apparel and shoes. In 2009, Richie joined maternity store A Pea in the Pod to create the new collection maternity clothes. The line was titled “Nicole” which had pieces that she would wear as an expectant mother. In February 2010, Richie expanded her fashion business with a women’s line called Winter Kate, her daughter’s two middle names. The collection was inspired by timeless prints and shapes, beautiful paisley and florals.
In 2010, she won “Entrepreneur of the Year” for her House of Harlow 1960 brand at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. House of Harlow 1960 was also nominated in the category “Celebrity Fashion Line” at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. In July 2011, it was reported that Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 line has unveiled a 14-piece handbag collection. The House of Harlow 1960 handbag collection will be available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Shopbop.com. In July 2011, it was announced that Richie would be one of the three mentors in NBC’s new reality show Fashion Star alongside Jessica Simpson. Richie guided aspiring designers who hope to become the next big brand in fashion. She launched a collection for Macy’s Impulse line in September 2012, which was sold in 100 Macy’s stores as well as online. Her first fragrance, Nicole, was also launched in September 2012.
Richie made her musical debut in February 2005 with a live appearance on ABC’s The View playing the piano. Although widely speculated that Richie is working on an album, she denied such rumors to People. She was quoted as saying, “I do eventually want to record an album, but right now I have a lot on my plate”. In February 2010, Richie was featured on the charity single “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”. “I was four years old in a studio, watching my dad record “We Are the World” and today I get to do it again. Excited to help make a change,” she later said of the experience.
In 2004, she auditioned for the part of Maureen in the popular Broadway hit Rent but did not get the part. In 2008, she was offered the lead role in the musical Chicago as Roxie Hart.
In September 2013, Richie made a cameo appearance in Christina Aguilera’s music video for the song “Let There Be Love”.
In April 2005, reports surfaced that Richie and longtime friend Paris Hilton were no longer speaking. Hilton commented: “It’s no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends. Nicole knows what she did, and that’s all I’m ever going to say about it.” Neither Richie nor Hilton spoke publicly about the cause of the split. They eventually reconciled in October 2006. She dated DJ Adam Goldstein from 2003 to 2005 but broke up after a nine-month engagement.
Richie began dating Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden in December 2006. They have two children, daughter Harlow Winter Kate Richie-Madden (born 2008) and son Sparrow James Midnight Madden (born 2009). In February 2008 the first photos of Harlow were sold to People magazine for $1 million. The couple confirmed their engagement in February 2010,] and married on December 11, 2010. Because of Madden’s commitments to The Voice Australia, Richie re-located to Sydney, Australia with her husband and children in 2012.]
In early 2006, Richie was notably thinner compared to her previous appearance in the first two seasons of The Simple Life. In May she told Vanity Fair, “I know I’m too thin right now, so I wouldn’t want any young girl looking at me and saying, ‘That’s what I want to look like.'” She also said, “I started seeing a nutritionist and a doctor. I was scared that it could be something more serious.” During this time it was reported that she had also sought the help of a psychiatrist and a personal trainer. Later that year, in September, Richie stated “I am not anorexic. I am not bulimic. I do not have an eating disorder.” On October 27, 2006, it was announced that Richie was seeking treatment for “an inability to put on weight”, though it is not treatment for an eating disorder.
In March 2007, Richie was taken to the hospital for dehydration. On March 21, her representatives announced she was diagnosed with hypoglycemia.
In October 2002, Richie was arrested following a brawl in a New York City nightclub. The charges were dropped.
On February 27, 2003, when Richie was arrested in Malibu, California for driving with a revoked license and possession of heroin, she checked herself into a rehabilitation center. In August 2003, she was sentenced to three years’ probation.
On December 11, 2006, Richie was arrested by the California Highway Patrol after she failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with driving under the influence on State Route 134 in the Burbank/Glendale, California area. Several motorists had reported a black Mercedes-Benz G-Class entering the freeway on the exit ramp and traveling in the opposite traffic direction. She admitted to using marijuana and the narcotic Vicodin before the incident. On July 27, 2007, Richie was sentenced to four days in jail at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, California. However, she only served about 82 minutes of the sentence and was released at 16:37 PDT on August 23, 2007. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department told People magazine that Richie “was released early due to overcrowding in the jail system. This is standard procedure for nonviolent offenders.” After spending 82 minutes in jail, Richie was “Of course pleasantly surprised to be released so quickly,” said her attorney.
Richie enrolled in an 18-month anti-drinking driver education program, according to papers filed with the Superior Court of California. On June 22, her probation was extended one year to March 2011 because she missed her anti-drinking driving class. However, Richie’s probation was terminated early on December 29, 2010, after her lawyer presented details to the judge that Richie had completed all terms of her probation.
In November 2007, Richie and Joel Madden created “The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation”. Richie, Joel and Benji Madden along with UNICEF held a fundraiser for the Tap Project in March 2009. They sold 143 water pumps to bring water directly to the villages and raised $100,000. Esprit donated 10% of all the sales on April 2, 2009, at their newly opened 3rd Street Promenade store to The Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation. The Richie-Madden Foundation specially designed “Cup with a Cause” for 7-Eleven. It was a part of their charity-focused coffee campaign in February 2010. During 2010 the Foundation worked together with Beyond Shelter, a non-profit organization devoted to providing shelter for homeless families in Los Angeles.
In May 2008, Richie and Madden shot a UNICEF public-service announcement to generate aid for the cyclone-devastated Myanmar. Richie and Madden have also written blogs on the UNICEF website and encouraged people to help children in need.
Richie has been a board member of the Environmental Media Association for several years and took part in their awareness program in May 2009. Each member “adopted” a school to raise awareness for the program and help students with environmental education. She participated in a charity hand-me-downs auction that started on the website handmedowns.com. The proceeds went directly to The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation to help bring more opportunities to children in the US and abroad.
Nicole published her first work The Truth About Diamonds in 2005 under Harper Entertainment, which is a fictional novel. It consists of 240 pages with a story of a 20 year old lady, who was adopted when she was seven by a musician and his wife (Pretty like Nicole’s own life).
2005 film directed by Josh Stolberg, Kids in America for her role as Kelly Stepford. She had done lead role in the movie. It is inspired from real events.
First TV Show
From 2003 to 2007, she appeared on the American reality television series, The Simple Life as herself. She is the producer of the show as well.
Nicole had taken help from Gwyneth Paltrow‘s personal trainer, Tracy Anderson.
Nicole Richie Facts
At the age of three only, she was allowed to live with Lionel Richie and Brenda Harvey. This is because her parents were financially weak.
Her father was a good friend with Lionel Richie and had also worked with him for a short time.
Nicole went to University of Arizona together with Kourtney Kardashian and Luke Walton.
She has many pets – Honey Child (dog), Chi-Chi-Cheeta (cat), Foxxy Cleopatra (dog), and Gypsy (cat).
She had released her second novel in 2010 with a title “Priceless”.
Nicole and Madden had started an organization “The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation” in November 2007.