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Alicia Keys Talks New Music, Insecurity, Son’s Production, Family Life with Swizz Beatz and More

Alicia Keys swung double interview duty at Hot 97 on Monday. First, the R&B superstar, who just released her powerful new short film Let Me In, caught up with the whole Ebro In The Morning crew. Speaking with Laura, Rosenberg and Old Man Ebro, the “In Common” singer talked about her new music and anticipated upcoming album. She also spoke about the purpose and creation of the Let Me In film, her no make-up movement, how her 5-year-old son Egypt made a track that Kendrick Lamar used on his surprise project Untitled Unmastered, and how she spent Father’s Day with hubbie Swizz Beatz.

Additionally, Alicia hit the couch for a second interview of her visit with Nessa. During their chat, she continued to elaborate on some of the similar topics, but also she discussed her experience being insecure about herself and why she became so honest in her music.

“One of the reasons I started talking so honestly, and so clearly and trying to understand because I found out I became so…censored,” she said. “I became so politically freakin’ correct it was like too much. I can’t even have an opinion. I was so annoyed at myself for valuing peoples opinions of me so much that it would change the choice I would make naturally for myself so that they would approve of my choice, or my opinion. And it started to become too much. I feel like we do this as human beings, but especially as women.”

Alicia’s currently-untitled new album may drop in August, and we might even get some beats from her son on there, although she hasn’t went that route yet.

Check out both new interviews below.

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Watch: Alicia Keys Releases Powerful Short Film ‘Let Me In’

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In honor and celebration of World Humanitarian Day, Alicia Keys is shining a light on the refugee crisis with her new short film, Let Me In.

The film reimagines the refugee crisis on America’s shores, displacing thousands in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who must seek safety and well being by crossing the border into Mexico. Starring Alicia Keys, the nearly 12-minute film follows her and her family’s struggle to reach safety in the midst of conflict.

“I was stunned when I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children,” said Keys. “Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?”

The Jonathan Olinger-directed film was created in partnership with Keys movement We Are Here, along with CARE, Oxfam, and War Child, to raise awareness and reinvigorate the conversation around the refugee crisis currently affecting 65 million people. It features Alicia’s brand new song, “Hallelujah,” which is off her upcoming, currently-untitled album.

Watch the powerful film below.

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New Music: Alicia Keys – Hallelujah

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After premiering the song on ‘SNL,’ Alicia Keys releases a stream of her commanding new song “Hallelujah.”

Over the cinematic track lead by subtle piano and light percussion, Keys looks for a place where “feelings and faith begin.”

“When all hope disappears, please protect me from my tears / I need you right by my side / Hallelujah, hallelujah let me in,” she sings.

Alicia is prepping for the release of her sixth studio album, which has been preceded by the first single “In Common.” Keys continues her natural, no make-up movement on this single artwork as well, showing off her natural freckles.

Take a listen to the studio version of “Hallelujah” below.

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Watch: Alicia Keys Pays Tribute to Prince with Outstanding “How Come You Don’t Call Me” Performance

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Back in April, we reported that Alicia Keys had paid tribute to Prince during her Tribeca Film Festival performance at the Highline Ballroom.

She was there to celebrate the release of her new short film, The Gospel, and play new songs from her forthcoming album. But she was also mourning the death of one of her biggest inspirations, Prince.

“We lost someone very special,” she said onstage. “Prince showed me what it means to be an artist…how to be bold and brazen.”

Toward the end of her set, she returned to her idol, describing how they spoke on the phone at the beginning of her career. “I was scared!” she recalls. “He was a very cool dude — the swaggiest that there ever was.”

A. Keys then played her soulful cover of Prince’s classic piano ballad “How Come U Don’t Call Me,” from her 2001 debut album Songs in A Minor. “There was nobody like him before,” she told the crowd afterward, “and there’s not going to be anybody like him after.”

Now, to continue celebrating the music icon on what would have been his 58th birthday, Alicia has shared some amazing official footage of her tribute performance.

Watch her special gift to Prince and us below.

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Alicia Keys Performs “In Common” on ‘Graham Norton’

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Alicia Keys gets live in London.

After performing her brand new single “In Common” on “SNL” and “The Voice” last month, the R&B songstress took a trip across the pond to perform on BBC One’s “The Graham Norton Show.”

Standing behind her piano, and still celebrating the #NoMakeUp movement, Keys delivered a rousing rendition of the head bobbing cut. Donning a sparkling black jacket, she stepped out from behind the piano to sing about what she’s got “In Common” with her lover.

Her anticipated sixth studio album, which follow’s 2012’s Girl on Fire, is due later this summer.

Also while visiting the U.K., Alicia stopped by 1Xtra for a new interview, where she discussed natural confidence and female imagery, her upcoming LP, her 5-year-old song Egypt and how he already has produced for Kendrick Lamar.

Check out the performance and interview below.

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Video: Alicia Keys – In Common

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Fresh off her appearances on “SNL” and “The Voice,” Alicia Keys delivers the anticipated video for her new single “In Common.” She strips things down in the black-and-white clip, which was inspired by the “electric energy” of New York City.

Alicia goes for a more natural look while standing on a fire escape and walking through a set made to resemble the streets of her hometown. She is accompanied by a diverse group of men and women, who are unafraid to showcase their individuality.

“This video is about celebrating our individuality, and how in the brilliance of our uniqueness, the magic of it all is at the core, we are all the same,” Keys told The FADER. “We want the same things. We all want to experience love, the freedom to be our truest selves, to love whomever we want and to be accepted and celebrated for all of our nuances and so called imperfections that make us, us.”

Her sixth album, the follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire, is due later this summer, and will feature her new song “Hallelujah,” which she debuted on “SNL.”

Watch the new video below!

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Watch: Alicia Keys Performs New Single “In Common” on ‘The Voice’

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After ‘SNL,’ Alicia Keys brought her brand new single to prime time, performing “In Common” during NBC’s ‘The Voice‘ on Tuesday night.

With the Latin rhythm beat playing behind her, Keys started off at the piano as a troupe of dancers delivered an impressive choreographed routine. Alicia then rose to her feet to belt out the infectious song, which is the first release off her anticipated sixth studio album.

Alicia will be joining The Voice as an official coach next season. Check out her performance below!

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Watch: Alicia Keys Performs “In Common” and “Hallelujah” on ‘SNL’

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Hot off the release of her comeback single, Alicia Keys returned to “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday, May 7 as the musical guest for her third time.

As part of the Mother’s Day episode, the mommy of two and 15-time Grammy winner took the stage to perform her infectious new single “In Common” for the first time ever. Standing at the piano and backed by her band, she belted out the Illangelo-produced song, which is set to appear on her upcoming sixth album, due later this summer.

For her second performance of the evening, A. Keys took it to church with her brand new song “Hallelujah.” Once again at the piano, she belted out the soulful song as her band clapped their hands.

“I’ve been praying, but I’m paying for my sins,” sings Alicia. “Won’t you give me a sign before I lose my mind? … Hallelujah let me in.”

Watch her light up 30 Rock below.

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