Alicia Keys Covers ‘Allure’ Magazine, Talks Makeup, Motherhood, and Her Musical Evolution

Alicia Keys is wild and free, and expressing herself through ways outside of music lately.

In between the release of her stellar 2016 album HERE, and return to NBC’s The Voice, the R&B starlet has landed the cover of Allure Magazine.

In a candid conversation with David DeNicolo, Keys shares some intimate revelations about inspiration behind her latest album, musical evolution, motherhood, and decision to take a break from make-up.

Check out some excerpts and photos from her cover story below.

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Video: August Alsina – Wait

Following the release of his music video for “Drugs,” August Alsina shares another fantasy-filled visual for the recently released “Wait.”

In the video, the R&B star sits as interpretive dancers sway around him while he sings about his wishes. The dancers gracefully surround him with pirouettes, while sunlight fills the room with a summery-glare.

Alsina is then shown at the head of a long table filled with fruit. A snake — possibly the same one that appeared in “Drugs” — slithers across the bountiful tabletop, as snow begins to fall out of nowhere.

“If you gotta leave, girl, I won’t stop you, so do what you gotta do,” sings Alsina while surrounded by snowflakes. “I don’t want you to go, but I got a few things in life that I gotta do.”

“Wait” and “Drugs” are off August’s recently-announced third album Drugs, the follow-up to 2015’s This Thing Called Life. Check out the video below.

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K. Michelle Confirms Engagement: “That’s My Fiancé; I Don’t Play”

K. Michelle is ready to settle down!

After what many have witnessed as a pretty long rollercoaster ride of relationships, the R&B songstress has confirmed that she is engaged to her boyfriend, Dr. Kastan Sims.

The singer and reality TV star originally posted a provocative photo on Instagram, with the caption, “When your fiancé catches you playing in the mirror.”

This caused a stir online with fans and gossip networks, but being the straight shooter that K always is, she quickly took to Twitter confirming the announcement!

“That’s my fiancé! I don’t play! He has my back and I will ALWAYS go hard for him,” she wrote.

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Listen: Vashtie Presents: ‘One 16 GOAT’ (Tribute Mix to Aaliyah, Sade, FKA Twigs & Kate Moss)

Downtown NYC sweetheart Vashtie has paid homage to the late great Aaliyah, Sade, FKA Twigs, and Kate Moss — who all share Jan. 16 as their birthday — with a special mixtape titled ONE16GOAT. The model, director, designer, and DJ says she felt compelled to pay homage to these women who have influenced and affected her life in a positive light.

“These women have inspired and influenced generations, cultures, sub-cultures, fashion, style, etc. Personally, I find them all to be personal muses,” Vashtie told Complex. “Not only are they gorgeous creatures, but beyond that—they are wildly creative, unique, and one-of-a-kind. When I learned that they all share the same birthday, I was amazed and knew I had to encapsulate this holiday! It’s a short, but sweet mix made by your favorite Taurus… me!”

Stream Vashtie’s #ONE16GOAT mix below:

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New Music: Derek King – Don’t Do That

Derek King starts the year off right with a club banger for the ladies.

The Bay Area singer’s new single, “Don’t Do That,” off of his forthcoming EP 1995, is ready for your Spring Break playlists right now. Staying true to the 90’s vibes that his project is sure to bring, the track delivers a bouncy West Coast instrumental and a catchy chorus. Derek seamlessly turned a song about struggling to stay true to your girl, into a bop that everyone will want to dance to.

“Girl when you move your body, I go crazy / Look I ain’t tryna break up with my baby / You got me trippin’ with the things you do,” King sings. “My girl gon’ catch me slipping hooking up with you / You put this club on fire with the way you move / That’s why I’m texting you / Don’t do that.”

Just make sure not to get caught up when you’re dancing with the cute stranger at the party to this song. Listen to Derek, and “Don’t Do That.”

Check out the track below.

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Indie Artist YOKOHAMO Drops New Single “Full Time Flex”

Indie artist ​YOKOHAMO plays seducer and advisor to a love interest, as he offers to fulfill her needs on the sultry new single “Full Time Flex.”

“You’re searchin’ for the right one to keep / Someone who can break down your walls, just to build his back up / No halfway in with ya / You need a full time flex,” he sings over the melodious LeMieux-production.

The south Florida native has a sound that can be described as transitional R&B with trap soul elements. This young cat is arguably in the running with current trap soul kings like Tory Lanez and Bryson Tiller.

YOKOHAMO is prepping for the release of his album Sun Child, which is coming soon. The new year is wide open and Y​OKOHAMO is here for all of the ladies that need a full time flex in their life. ​

Take a listen to his new single below.

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New Music: Earl St. Clair – Feeling Alive

Earl St. Clair is out here making that REAL, feel-good music!

Following gems like “Man On Fire,” and “Good Time” the Alabama native returns with the rhythmic soul-pop anthem “Feeling Alive.”

Over a vibrating bass guitar, Earl’s gritty vocals speak to the soul, and his impassioned delivery pull you in to the high octane chorus.

“I’m afraid if I try something crazy I’ma end up in love, love, love / The world that we live in is crazy and it’s difficult to trust, trust, trust / I’m feeling ALIVE,” he sings.

Earl is currently prepping for the release of his Def Jam Records debut album, Songs About a Girl I Used to Know, which is due out later this year.

Listen to “Feeling Alive” below, and check out our interview with Earl here.

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Exclusive: The Isley Brothers Bring Warm Soul to Chilly NYC

B.B. Kings in New York City’s Times Square are kicking off 2017 with the legends. On Saturday, Jan. 14, soul music icons The Isley Brothers returned to the iconic stage for another groovy performance.

Getting the crowd ready, their DJ played Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” as they took the stage performing their original of the same name. Throughout their soul stirring set they delivered classic after classic, including “It’s Your Thing,” “That Lady,” “Summer Breeze,” “Voyage to Atlantis,” “For The Love of You,” “Groove With You” and “Choosey Lover,” which the crowd sang word for word and Ernie Isley hit a mean solo playing guitar with his teeth and behind his back.

Ron and Ernie even surprised the audience with a tribute to the late Whitney Houston, singing “Jesus Loves Me,” which she originally covered on The Bodyguard soundtrack.

The Isley’s ended their stellar performance with the classic dance craze, “Shout,” bringing the packed house to their feet and turning a cold day into a warm night inside the venue.

Check out our exclusive photos below.

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