Which Singer was Born in January or Passed Away in 2016?

Get an Insight of a Popular Artist with Interesting Background Information


Alicia Keys: January 25th

The singer, songwriter, pianist and music producer Alicia Keys was born in 1981 under the name of Alicia Augello Cook in the New York district of Hell's Kitchen. Her parents separated as Alicia was two years old. She then grew up with her mother, who enrolled her in music and dance classes. At seven years Alicia began piano lessons. At 14 she started writing songs. In the early 1990s she met Jeff Robinson, who was to become her longtime manager. He introduced her to the record companies who were enthusiastic about the talent and flair for the music of the young artist. With Columbia Records she signed a record contract shortly thereafter. At the same time, Alicia was enrolled at the university, but she left after only a month to fully focus on the music.

Musical Successes

She made her first professional recording for a song in the film Man in Black, to which she also wrote the text. However, it was never released as a single. After a dispute, the collaboration with her record company ended. Afterwards, Alicia called Clive Davis, who signed her at Arista Records and joined J Records with her. Alicia took on the artist name Keys, after her manager had dreamed of this name. In 2001 the album Songs in A Minor was released that contains both piano chords as well as R&B, soul and jazz elements. It has been a complete success, in the US and on an international level. The single fallin' from this album was six weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list. The following singles were successful as well. In 2002, Alicia Keys won five Grammy Awards on a single night. The second album, "The Diary of Alicia Keys", was sold over 600,000 copies in the first week, generating the most sales of a female artist in 2003. The single "If I Ain’t Got You" remained in the R&B/Hip Hop charts for over a year. The following singles like “Superwoman”, “No One”, “Empire State of Mind” or “Girl On Fire” were also praised by the audience.

The Latest Single

In 2016 Alicia Keys released the Single “In Common”. This song deviates from the typical R&B sound and surprises with dancehall and tropical sounds as well as latin beats. The song is about a dysfunctional love story.

Musician Deaths in 2016

David Bowie

Trendsetter, pop icon and fantastic artist, who expressed himself through music and created memorable moments. David Robert Jones took the name David Bowie in the late 1960s and had his first big success was in 1972 with the album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". Other songs such as "Let's Dance", "China Girl", "We Could be Heros" and many more were also very successful. At the Hurricane Festival in 2004 he suffered a heart attack and had to undergo surgery. In January 2016 he died of cancer.


The hit Purple Rain, released in 1984, is one of the best in pop history. The singer and songwriter allegedly controlled 28 instruments. After an argument with his record label, he took off the name Prince and played almost every genre of music: soul, pop, R&B, funk, blues over rock and jazz, under names like "Jamie Starr", "Alexander Nevermind" or "Joey Coco".

Maurice White

Maurice White coined the sound of the discos in the seventies with his 1969 founded band Earth, Wind and Fire. He sang, composed and produced most of the soul, R&B and funk pieces. The singer fell ill with Parkinson in the nineties and died in February 2016 at 74 years of this disease.

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen studied guitar at the age of 13. But before he became acquainted with the music, he was a writer. The ability to write good lyrics helped him also from 1967 onwards, when he began a career as folk singer and songwriter. The hit "Suzanne" was his international breakthrough. The following songs were "Lover Lover Lover", "Hallelujah" and "So Long Marianne". After a musical break in the 90s, he came back in the 2000s. In November 2016, another music legend passed away with Leonard Cohen.

George Michael

Wham was founded in 1986 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. Hits like "Freedom", "Last Christmas" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" brought Wham worldwide attention. After the end of Wham in 1989 George Michael started a successful solo career with the songs "Faith", "Careless Whisper", "Jesus To A Child", "Father Figure" and "Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me". ". On December 25 George Michael died surprisingly with 53 years.

Get all songs via the Audials Wishlists

Launch Audials One or Audials Music Rocket. Under "music wishes" in the area "Music and More" and "+ music wishes" enter an artist to receive a list of all songs. However, the individual albums can also be found in this view. Click on an album. Select now "Wish album" to let it appear in the wishlist. After closing the window and clicking on "Fulfill" the song is sought and recorded.

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