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20 Amazing Photos of Natural Disasters

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One thing's for sure: nature is anything but tame. While we've learned to deal with thunderstorms and snow flurries, the threat of natural disaster always seems to be looming over us.

Via Kenneth Weene
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The photos are phenomenal! What is most frightening is that some of the people depicted in photos are more than likely no longer with us!

 

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Anthony M Turner's comment, October 2, 2013 6:03 PM
thanks everyone for the re-scoops and comments - I had the privilege of working for 4 years in disaster recovery and have seen both the best and worst nature can throw at us, the resilience of people and these hidden impacts on wildlife - I can only urge each and everyone of you to be aware of the potential of such disasters and make preparations should such an event strike. If you're a business or know people in business who might be at risk please let them know about http://www.areuready.com.au where they can download a how to for preparation for under 12 bucks.
Sharla Shults's comment, October 2, 2013 6:17 PM
Anthony, awesome to 'meet' someone with such experience in disaster recovery. Only witnessed multiple hurricane disasters while living in FL but those were certainly enough!
Anthony M Turner's comment, October 3, 2013 7:21 AM
great to meet you to Sharla - all extreme weather events have a bitter sweet and are very scary - I think they help us understand how small we really are.

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Awakenings: Say it for America

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:

freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

 
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Poetry, quotation ... America as she could be and ought to be.

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Awakenings: Back Online Part Time...

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Br-er Groundhog gave us six more weeks of winter so Winter Break isn't over altogether but with February being a short month, Spring is already in sight! Just the thought of Spring is enough to bring sunshine on a cold wintry day, at least inside if not out...that is, within the heart and mind! So, bring the sunshine that is on the inside outside with some really big smiles and focus on the days ahead. If you are as impatient as I am, you cannot wait for those first buds to appear or specks of green to peek out from beneath the cold, cold ground. Each region of the nation will begin experiencing its own unique signs of Spring dear to the heart with both plants and animals sending forth harbingers that signal the annual demise of Ol' Man Winter!
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What signs of Mother Nature's spring delights have you already encountered?

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Awakenings: Are you ready for Valentine's Day?

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Winter Break will just have to halt as I come out of hibernation for the biggest romance day of the year: A day when spirits are lifted in both usual and unusual ways. Some stroke the heartstrings so tenderly tears are gently brushed away with a kiss; others are totally mesmerizing striking deep down into the soul. Then, of course, there are those completely unexpected bringing on smiles and laughter along with tears.
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Guess what? Round 2 of the nation's arctic blast is underway as dangerously low temperatures bring chills to the bone along with inches upon inches of snow. All the more reason to snuggle up close in front of a fire with a mug of hot cocoa or your favorite beverage.   

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Awakenings: ‘Cold as Ice’ & ‘Hotblooded’

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Foreigner: Whether their singles were ‘Cold as Ice’ or ‘Hotblooded’, the seventies saw rock band Foreigner shoot straight to the top of the charts, where the group achieved platinum status time and again.

Foreigner is a British-American rock band, originally formed in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.
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1985 Foreigner started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with 'I Want To Know What Love Is', also a UK No.1. London-born Mick Jones wrote the song.

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Awakenings: A Heavenly Day

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What is your idea of 'Heavenly Hash'?


Leftovers thrown together in a casserole? Hash browns, cheese, eggs, & lots of bacon scrambled together? Grandma's classic fluffy white fruit salad swirled with yummy stuff? Candy made with chocolate, walnuts & mini marshmallows? Heavenly hash cakes & brownies? Classic heavenly hash ice cream?

 

It is all of these and MORE...

February 2 is...National Heavenly Hash Day

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It is heavenly in that you create the hash, dessert, salad, etc. just the way you like it. What foods do you consider 'heavenly'? Toss 'em together, this is your day to have it your way...heavenly, that is!

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Awakenings: Super 1st!

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Tomorrow will begin a new month with 1/12 of the year already gone. With the month of February comes many celebrations as already noted in looking back to plan ahead, some filled with absolute craziness but not without loads of foodie fun. Are you ready? Bring on the celebrations...

This year February 1st is super loaded!

Super Bowl Sunday: Past, Present, Future
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"The Super Bowl is a game. Life is for real. What I went through helped me get to where I am today. I won't forget. I can't forget. Because a man who forgets his past sometimes loses his soul and forgets where to go in the future." ~Junior Seau
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Awakenings: Brandy Alexander

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When one hears the name Brandy Alexander, a person might readily come to mind with question as to who is he or she? Of course, for anyone familiar with cocktails knows it is not a person at all but still may wonder who was the eponymous chap named Alexander known worldwide as a specialty drink? Definitely not Alexander the Great for Alexander III of Macedon did not carry the first name, or any name part for that matter, of Brandy.
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January 31 is...National Brandy Alexander Day. There is more to this day than just a cocktail!

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Awakenings: Rock 'n Soul

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Today in Music History: January 30

The legendary 80s were amazing...the hair, the clothes and especially the music. Just awesome. New musical styles emerged as electronic instruments became mainstream amid the 80s Music Mania. It was during this time when a musical duo could do no wrong and the release of Rock 'n Soul became a snapshot of the duo at their finest.

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Hall and Oates: Blending genres of soul, rock and pop to create a uniquely catchy brand of sound
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Awakenings: The Original American Idol

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Today in Music History: January 29

Popular talent show TV shows have been popular for decades (nearly 70 years). Many recording artists got their start on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (first episode December, 1948) going on to be showcased on the already established Ed Sullivan Show. In the 21st century, shows such as America's Got Talent, The Voice, Britain's Got Talent, X-Factor and American Idol begin the list of Best Talent Show TV Shows. Do you have a favorite which you watch and vote? Did you watch the first American Idol episode?

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Kelly Brianne Clarkson: winner of the first season of American Idol

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer and songwriter who rose to fame in 2002 after winning thefirst season of American Idol. She has since been established as "The Original American Idol." 

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Awakenings: Chipper Dipper!

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"What are chips without dip? What is dip without the chips? These two buddies go together like peas & carrots, Jack & Jill, sugar & spice,  macaroni & cheese...you get the picture!"

January 29 is...National Corn Chip Day

 

In 1932, C.E. Doolin bought a small business that manufactured corn chips and began to sell them from his Model T Ford in Texas. The most recognizable corn chip was born – the Frito. The Frito has become the #1 ever popular corn chip when it comes to snacks, parties and football. Speaking of the latter, coming up in a few days is Superbowl weekend, when the corn chips will rock 'n' roll...dance in, out & around the bowl!

 

 

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 At a party, do you often wonder how many people take a chip, dip it, bite it, & dip it again?  There is a way around such an uncouth chipper dipper...

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Awakenings: Love Continues

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On this day in 2013, Awakenings featured one of many love stories which have endured the pits of hell as a result of war. It is being posted again two years later as a reminder of the sacrifices being made every day by our military. Such pain is not endured by this one soldier only but by many of our military men and women. As for this story, many hurdles are yet to be crossed but through it all the love continues.

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." - Mahatma Gandhi
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Why is Awakenings featuring a love story? The answer is clear: wounded warrior. This is not just about a warrior but about what happened when that warrior returned home a different man having lost ALL of his limbs. Can you imagine what that would be like...no hands, partial arms, no legs?

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Awakenings: Good Girl Gone Bad

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Today in Music History: January 27

Many of our top recording artists in the 21st century place as much focus on their appearance and performance as their singing. Apparently there is no limit. The one featured in today's spotlight is no exception.

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Rihanna: the youngest artist to score 12 number one singles in the US

As a teenager, Rihanna turned to singing as a release from her troubles at home. She left home in Barbados and signed with Def Jam records at age 16 and released her first album, which sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, in 2005.

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Awakenings: All for the love of CHOCOLATE!

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January 27 is...National Chocolate Cake Day

 

Hope you enjoy every bite of it...just don't forget to share!

 

Probably one of the greatest memories of childhood is eating chocolate cake! The ooeier, the gooier, the betterer! Ooey, gooey goodness just doesn't get any better than this! So round up the kids, head for the kitchen and Bake, Bake, Bake Away! Today is another day to Have your cake...& eat it too!!

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Today sheath cakes, layer cakes, cupcakes and maybe even a cheesecake should be on your menu but with one stipulation...the main ingredient is none other than chocolate...LOTS of chocolate!

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Awakenings: March is...

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Within the month of March comes the first official day of Spring! Celebration after celebration abounds before during and after the famous St. Patrick's Day. Of course, signs are already in the picture as Mother Nature's Delights bring forth sunshine inside and out on the last of the cold wintry days. First buds in some regions of the nation have already begun to appear with speck after speck of green peeping out from the cold, cold ground.
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Aren't you  READY for March? I am...bring it on!

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Awakenings: From Hypnotic Voodoo Rhythm to Physical Graffiti

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Today in Music History: February 24 

Tidbits of music trivia amid cold wintry winds...
1956: Looking for a legal loophole with which to shut down rock and roll shows, police in Cleveland, OH enforce a 1931 ordinance forbidding minors from dancing without adult supervision. Can you imagine this happening today? Ahem! Probably should!
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Tidbits from 1956 - 2004 for your enjoyment!

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Awakenings: Taking a Break...

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There is plenty to peruse by just browsing Awakenings. For the February events, remember the festivities are posted on Pinterest for you to begin looking back to plan ahead.

If you enjoy trips down music memory lane, take your pick at Music Memories. Perhaps you will find your favorite recording artist in the Spotlight!

Looking for a special recipe? Visit yum, yum, yum ... yummy! Hundreds of recipes to choose from, after all yummy recipes are good for the heart, mind, body and soul! 

OR just simply check out all the boards!
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Well, Br-er Groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter! Time for a little hibernation of my own so leaving for a winter break. 'See' you later!

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Awakenings: Br'er Groundhog Day 2015

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Tomorrow morning, February 2, 2015, the nation will be told by a groundhog, none the less, if winter is to be extended or if an early spring is in our midst. With brutal weather conditions across certain areas of the country, winter storms promise another day of white.

Meet Br'er Groundhog...
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Are you READY for this quirky holiday, Groundhog Day? Groundhog, you may ask? You say a groundhog forecast the weather? Do you mean woodchuck, whistle-pig, land-beaver? No? What kind of folklore is this? Um-m-m-m-m? Let's look a little deeper into this weather hound.

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Awakenings: 45rpm

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Today in Music History: February 1

45mph might seem more familiar than 45rpm with that determination, of course, being dependent upon in which era you grew up. From about 1949 - 1990, the former "LP" (Long Play) records replaced by a smaller size format allowed for longer playing time in jukeboxes because they took up less space. More records. More music.
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On this day in...
1949 RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes of the 20th century possible.

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Awakenings: Looking back to look ahead...

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Something is happening and being celebrated on a daily basis! What's Happenin' kept you updated on funny days, weird holidays, foodie fun and celebrations during the month of February in 2014. The date of 'holidays' designated as specific days of the week change in 2015 but the celebrations themselves do not change providing choices on what to celebrate or not. Look ahead by looking back.

What will you celebrate in February, 2015? There is so much more to celebrate than just Valentine's Day. Check out what's on the calendar & plan ahead. In fact, it is not too early for a Prelude to Valentine's Day: The Day of Love!
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In addition to daily events, there are month-long festivities! Happy Celebrations & Bon Appetit on the Foodie Days!

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Awakenings: Lone Ranger rides the airways...radio, that is!

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This Day in History: January 30, 1933

 

"Hi yo, Silver, away...A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-Yo Silver' … the Lone Ranger!"

Not sure about you but I just love learning trivia facts about the heroes I grew up idolizing. This one is really special - The 'masked rider of the plains' known none other than The Lone Ranger. My fondest memories rely on my observances via television and the movie screen of his fighting injustice joined by his trusty steed, Silver, and his loyal Indian scout, Tonto. Of course, that is not how or where he got his start.

 

It was on this day, January 30, 1933 eighty-two years ago when The Lone Ranger debuted on WXYZ (Detroit) radio station. Yep! He made his first "appearance" on a radio show! His character was based on a former Texas Ranger. The book "The Lone Star Ranger" by Zane Grey had been dedicated to Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes in 1915. Some believe the original character was inspired from experiences of Capt. Hughes. Others think the character was based on US Marshal Bass Reeves. In either case, the show was a hit!

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The Lone Ranger was revitalized on film in 2013. Doesn't look anything like the Lone Ranger and Tonto I grew up knowing and loving. Guess I will just be content with my grandfather's radio hero and my own television memories!

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Awakenings: The Kipfel

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January 30 is...National Croissant Day

 

Stories of the roll being made in the shape of the crescent of the Turkish flag, after the defeat of the Turks in the Siege of Vienna in 1683, are a perpetuated myth. The croissant is descendant of the Austrian kipfel, a crescent roll that was brought to Paris in 1938 or 1939 by August Zang, an Austrian military officer. The kipfel was ultimately interpreted into puff pastry by the French, where it achieved immortality as the croissant.

 

Any type of bread is enhanced when slathered with flavorful butter...to layer dough with butter has to be the epitome of buttery goodness! Croissants, at their height of goodness, are served warm with more butter and a touch of jam if you like the extra sweet taste. A sweet croissant might even have chocolate baked into the pastry. Of course, the croissant can also be savory or plain. A savory croissant might be filled with ham and cheese, or bacon and onions, just for starters.

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Check out the recipes for many varieties of croissants from classics to hybrids...eat and enjoy!

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Awakenings: Baseball IS America!

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This Day in History: January 29, 1936

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Ah-h-h...the American Classics. At the top of the list is baseball, the story in the forefront for this day in America's history. After all baseball IS America or is it America IS baseball? Either way you view it, the focal point is the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Cooperstown...pure Americana. The spirit of Cooperstown ...  baseball! It is in Cooperstown, New York where one will find the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Awakenings: Blues Boom to Pop Rock

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Today in Music History: January 28

From blues to pop is not unusual. Transitions include shuffling of band members and experimentation with styles until sound emerges 'just right'. Despite multiple changes, the core is solid with some things remaining constant. The band in today's spotlight encountered three definitive lineups: the blues-oriented music of the late 60s, ethereal pop masterpieces of the mid-70s and a solid rhythm section from mid- to late 70s.
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Most bands endure numerous changes over the course of their careers but few groups do so with as much radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. In the 60s, the band was conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo. Gradually over the course of a decade, Fleetwood Mac evolved into a polished pop/rock act.

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Awakenings: NBPD

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January 28 is...

National Blueberry Pancake Day

 

Pancakes are terrific for breakfast...nutritious and you don't have to coax the kids into eating some! The addition of fruit makes them even more scrumptious. And, they are not just a breakfast food...prepare a plateful for brunch or maybe even a surprise 'breakfast supper'. Pancakes even make a great mid-day snack.

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When making homemade blueberry pancakes, do not stir the blueberries into the batter. Wash and pat dry the berries. Pour a ladle of batter onto the griddle and dot with a handful of berries. This protects the berries from bruising during the cooking process. After all, when done you want every flavor burst to count...in your mouth! Top with blueberry maple syrup and lemon zest for a little extra pizazz.

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Check out a few blueberry pancake variations and even a blueberry pancake dessert recipe!

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Awakenings: On this Day...a step back in time

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On this Day...a step back in time


History is filled with myth and mystery, fact and fiction. It is the foundation of who we are, from whence we came. Each step back in time brings forward the beginnings of so much that has made us what we are today. Wartime and peacetime have both left their marks. As for foundings and inventions, some come and go while others leave the imagination to wonder how people ever survived without them.

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Do you have a favorite memory of this day?

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Awakenings: Seemingly Unstoppable Career

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Today in Music History: January 26

Like so many recording artists before her, today's feature started out young and is moving up the ladder fast with a seemingly unstoppable career. What will be next? We'll just see what we'll see...or hear, in this case...won't we?

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Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as . . . Alicia Keys: American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress
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2008 Alicia Keys was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album As I Am. The album sold over 742,000 copies in its first week the largest ever first week sales for any female R&B artist.

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