Alicia Keys Parts Ways with Manager

Alicia Keys and Jeff Robinson

After over a decade, Alicia Keys has ended her business relationship with longtime manager Jeff Robinson.

Keys and Robinson released a joint statement on Friday (July 16) announcing their split, reports Billboard.

“Jeff Robinson, CEO of MBK Entertainment Inc., and 12-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys have decided to change the structure of their business relationship,” read the statement. “Robinson and Keys will continue to collaborate and produce future albums together through MBK/J Records while Alicia will now oversee all aspects of her own personal career.”

The decision was “mutually agreed upon and amicable.” Moving forward, Keys’ own company AK Worldwide will oversee ventures including touring and licensing to film, television, and new business development. “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,” continued the statement.

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.”

Robinson’s company MBK Entertainment Inc. will focus on developing other acts including LeToya Luckett, Jermaine Paul, and Elle Varner.



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15 Comments

  1. Andre Le Dale

    If it isn’t broke don’t fix it.

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  2. TomTom

    Alicia’s got it!

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  3. LJ

    I agree with Andre, her management has been on point since the beginning having her perform at every major awards show with every album. I feel like this may come back to bite her in the as*.

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  4. @spenceG4L

    Not a good idea. At all.

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  5. WhatTheF

    He looks like he wants to eat the camera.

    Oh and Homewrecka betta watch out! Big nose Beatz is gonna do to her, what The-Flop did to Christina.

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    Rhino Reply:

    @WhatTheF,

    How can she be a homewrecker when Swizzy & Mashonda had already filed for divorce when she came into the picture?

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    Rhino Reply:

    @WhatTheF,

    The home was ALREADY WRECKED, she’s just picking up the debris…

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    True Blue Reply:

    @WhatTheF, I don’t agree with you calling Alicia a homewrecker, but I like how you referred to The-Dream as “The-Flop”!

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  6. headphones

    actually alicia and jeff have a great relationship, just look at his twitter. it’s just a business change and that happens. after 10 years of success in the business it makes sense to let alicia have more control of her production. change isnt always bad

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    ... Reply:

    @headphones, agreed

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  7. jrw

    I am sick and tired of people referring to her as a home wrecker it is over and done ,mind your own business get a life all you haters.Didn;t you read the article it said an amicably decision look up the meaning of the word.

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  8. cw

    Alicia was with Swizz before he filed for a divorce from Mashonda. So that does make her a homewrecker. How you get them, is also how you lose them.

    I read that she was uncomfortable with not being around when Swizz went to work with Nikki Minaj. LOL afraid that she might get done to her, what she did to someone else.

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  9. jrw

    You know growing up I always hear if you not in a house you do not know what goes on.

    Every body is a critic now, you people are forgetting one thing she is living a better life than most of you she is a millioniare what do some of you have.

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  10. ANTI-HYPE

    I love alicia keys.

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  11. "BUTTA"

    Well it’s like this ladies and gentlemen, if “God” is in it, who can be against it! Enjoy life together! God Bless! Much love alicia

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