Ever since Keys hit the ground running in 2001 with her No. 1 J Records debut, "Songs in A Minor," industry observers predicted the talented ingénue had staying power.

Ever since Keys hit the ground running in 2001 with her No. 1 J Records debut, "Songs in A Minor," industry observers predicted the talented ingénue had staying power. The 27-year-old has definitely made a good head start. Within the last six years, Keys has scored two more No. 1 album debuts, 2003's "The Diary of Alicia Keys" and 2005's "Unplugged."

And expectations are high that "As I Am," her third studio album (Nov. 13) will echo the success of its predecessors. Already, the first single, "No One," has reached the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and has cracked the top five of the Billboard Hot 100.

Keys recently shot the video for her Prince-vibed second single, "Like You'll Never See Me Again," written and produced by Keys and her KrucialKeys Entertainment partner, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers. That ballad is set to bow in mid-November.

Keys becomes animated and a throaty laugh erupts when asked about "No One," currently No. 3 on the Hot 100. "This is one song that just wrote itself," says Keys, who breaks into singing a snippet of the song. "A lot of the songs didn't happen like that. It was one of the last songs I wrote. I needed to say this. It's full force, classical yet vintage, desperate yet triumphant. I want people to feel my soul."

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