Alicia Keys’s Stuck Moment as a Lone Leader

| October 18, 2011

Her stuck moment: Under contract with Columbia, Keys was prevented from releasing “Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing),” which she co-wrote and recorded for the film “Men in Black,” as a single. She felt her career was stalled.

She rallies her resources: Keys called on Clive Davis, her mentor and noted producer, for help. He encouraged her to change her name and helped her release a full-length album. 

Unstuck result: “Songs in A Minor” sold 12 million copies, and Keys has released another four albums since. 

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