Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys has decided to go for self after releasing a statement announcing her termination of longtime manager Jeff Robinson.
Details on the decision were revealed Friday (July 16) night.
Robinson and Keys will continue to collaborate and produce future albums through MBK/J Records while Keys will now oversee her career, according to a statement. Keys’ company, AK Worldwide, will take the reins on opportunities ranging from touring and licensing to film, television, and new business development. (Billboard Business)
A statement addressing the situation was also released.
“This decision will allow Alicia more control over all aspects of her career from singing and songwriting, to leading many business ventures and social causes,” the statement read, adding that the decision was “amicable.” (Statement)
Reports suggest Keys and Robinson have maintained a relationship for over a decade.
Robinson had been Keys trusted friend and manager since she was 14 years old. He is credited as executive producer on her last four studio albums. “I have known Alicia since she was 14. She has matured as an artist, going from a ‘wide-eyed and curious-about-the-world girl’ to a ‘wide-eyed and curious-about-the-universe woman,” Robinson told Jet magazine in 2007. “She continues to absorb knowledge like a sponge and I feel like a proud father watching his daughter grow into a take-charge woman.” (Rap-Up)
Keys is currently preparing her annual New York City Black Ball charity concert.
Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Sade Adu will join musical forces later this year for charity. Keys has recruited Jay-Z and Sade to perform at her charity’s annual Black Ball on Sept. 30 at New York’s Hammerstein Ball. Keys will also hit the stage. The charity didn’t know whether Sade’s band would accompany her to the ball. The 51-year-old singer and her group won a Grammy for their song, “Lovers Rock,” which was released in 2000. (Associated Press)
Check out some recent Alicia Keys footage below: