If pop stars had approval ratings, Alicia Keys's score would go off the chart. It is not just a matter of commercial success, although her 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor, sold 10m copies. In two years, the 21-year-old New Yorker seems to have achieved a mass acceptance that stretches far beyond platinum discs. Politicians, not a social group renowned for their love of retro soul, seem to love her: she has performed at the House of Commons and spoken before a US congressional committee.
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