Singer's new album turned life around

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Alicia Keys credits her new album for saving her from the brink of an emotional crisis.

After the success of 2003 album The Diary Of Alicia Keys – the star, 27, shunned the spotlight after her overnight fame became too hard to handle.

But penning her latest musical offering – As I Am – has proved a cathartic experience for dealing with her personal problems

‘I needed this music more than it needed me,’ she tells the Daily Star. ‘This year’s been a roller-coaster but, as down as I’ve been, I’ve learned so much.

‘I found beauty during the dark times.’