|Sat 14 Dec 2013, 8:00pm|
Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and global superstar, Alicia Keys will bring her Set the World on Fire tour (presented by Blackberry) to Australia this December, joined by special guest John Legend.
Keys, whose prominent profile piece aired Sunday night on 60 Minutes, has been performing on a global stage since the international spotlight locked onto a 20-year-old Alicia Keys with the 2001 release of her debut album ‘Songs In A Minor’. Lead by the massive #1 hit single ‘Fallin’’, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, going on to sell in excess of ten millions copies worldwide and garner five Grammy Awards.
This success was further cemented by subsequent album releases ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’, ‘As I Am’, ‘The Element of Freedom’; and hit singles ‘No One’, ‘If I Ain’t Got You’, ‘Superwoman’, ‘You Don’t Know My Name’, ‘Empire State of Mind’ and more.
Alicia Keys has sold more than 1.7 million units in Australia and in excess of 30 million albums worldwide.
Keys’ fifth studio album, ‘Girl on Fire’, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #1 on the Top Digital albums chart. In addition to being the best-selling R&B album in the U.S., ‘Girl on Fire’ reached #1 on the iTunes album chart in 19 countries including Australia. The title track is a global top ten smash accumulating sales of three-times platinum locally and more than three million units worldwide since its September 2012 release. The album features powerful anthems and intimate ballads driven by Keys’ signature soulful voice and personal, relatable lyrics. The album sees big name collaborators joining Keys: Grammy-winning artists Bruno Mars, Babyface, Maxwell and John Legend, acclaimed guitarist Gary Clark Jr., Jamie “xx” Smith, Frank Ocean and Emeli Sandé among others.
Lifted from the album, the release of single ‘Fire We Make’, a duet with Maxwell, allowed Alicia to become the first artist to top Billboard’s Adult R&B chart ten times, tallying a collective 80 weeks spent at #1 since her first chart-topper in 2001.
Alicia Keys also holds the record as the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 albums debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart.Special guest at all shows will be the soulful and sensual, nine-time Grammy Award winner, John Legend and his band.
Since releasing his 2004 debut album, the critically acclaimed Billboard #1 ‘Get Lifted’, which featured the hit single ‘Ordinary People’, singer-songwriter Legend has sold more than seven million albums worldwide, won three Soul Train Awards, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in addition to his multiple Grammy wins.
Legend followed up in 2006 with the platinum-selling album ‘Once Again’, featuring collaborations with Kanye West, will.i.am and Raphael Saadiq; 2008 brought ‘Evolver’, led by the hit single ‘Green Light’ featuring Andre 3000; and 2010 delivered a collaboration with The Roots, ‘Wake Up!’, which won the Grammy for Best R&B Album.
Last week John Legend gave us his highly anticipated fourth studio album, ‘Love In The Future’ (through Sony Music Australia). Debuting in the top 5 of the iTunes chart, the album features stand out singles ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ and ‘Made To Love’.
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 9am, Friday September 20. My Live Nation members can be among the first to secure tickets in the exclusive pre-sale beginning 2pm, Friday September 13.
American Express Cardmembers have the opportunity to purchase tickets first during an exclusive pre-sale beginning midday, Tuesday September 10.
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