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Alicia Keys Brings Out Jay Z, Nas, John Mayer & More at Times Square Concert


Alicia Keys surprised New York City with a star-studded concert in the middle of Times Square on Sunday night (Oct. 9).

Presented by TIDAL, the show featured a slew of Keys’ famous friends, including Jay Z.

Q-Tip started the surprises by introducing Keys’ new song “She Don’t Really Care.” Then Queensbridge’s own Nas joined Alicia for a performance of “One Love.” As if that wasn’t enough, Questlove and John Mayer popped up for a rendition of “If I Ain’t Got You.”

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night came when Jay Z emerged from the back of the stage to perform their New York anthem “Empire State of Mind.” With bright lights surrounding them, the duo celebrated in the heart of the Big Apple.

Check it out below.

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Alicia Keys Announces New Album ‘HERE’


In addition to releasing her new single “Blended Family,” Alicia Keys has announced the title and release date for her long-awaited sixth studio album.

Simply named HERE, the follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire will arrive on Nov. 4 and is available for pre-order on iTunes now. The stunning black-and-white cover features a makeup-free and shirtless Alicia with natural curly hair.

HERE serves as an ode to her hometown of NYC. “This album is so much about life, New York City, us as people, all the stories I saw growing up,” Alicia said during a recent appearance on the “Today” show. “It sounds like the New York that I know. It’s aggressive, it’s raw, it’s me being my most truthful…It is such powerful music. You are going to go crazy.”

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New Music: Alicia Keys feat. A$AP Rocky – Blended Family (What You Do For Love)


Alicia Keys opens up about her “Blended Family” on a new A$AP Rocky-assisted single off her forthcoming sixth studio album, HERE.

“I may not really be your mother / That don’t mean that I don’t really love ya / Even though I married your father / That’s not the only reason I’m here for ya,” sings Alicia.

The track is dedicated to Swizz Beatz’ son, Kasseem Dean Jr., from the producer’s previous marriage to singer Mashonda. When Keys first started dating Beatz, Mashonda criticized her on Twitter.

Keys addresses this on “Blended Family.” “I know it started with a little drama,” she sings. “I hate you had to read it in the paper / But everything’s over with me and your mama / Everybody here you know adores ya.”

Speaking about the song on social media, Alicia wrote on Instagram: “I’m so excited for you to hear this song. It means so much to me and our whole family. The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. Especially for the kids… the most important part of our lives. Celebrating @mashondatifrere for our commitment to each other with support and true growth. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🌟🌟🌟🙌🏽🙌🏽.”

A$AP Rocky also discusses his upbringing on his verse. “I remember having four stepmoms at nine,” he raps. “Loved Christmas time and birthdays was fly.”

Stream “Blended Family” below… What do you think?

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Alicia Keys Talks ‘Songwriting State of Mind’ On NPR Music’s ‘Noteworthy’


Alicia Keys is the latest musical genius to sit down with NPR Music for their ‘Noteworthy‘ mini documentary series.

Host Jason King, curator of NPR Music’s R&B stream “I’ll Take You There,” uncovers new insights behind the singer/songwriter’s creative process, which began as a young girl being forced to endure extended piano lessons.

Keys has become one of our greatest musicians today, and has given the world numerous classic hits, but according to her, writing still comes as a surprise, and from an unknown place. “Every time I write a song, I never know how it happens. And I kinda always wanna be like that,” she says. “Some people are very mathematical writers, which is very intriguing. It’s so opposite from me.”

In addition to discussing her writing and creative process, Alicia also opens up about her newfound vulnerability and willingness to work with collaborators. “If you try to control things too much, you miss the magic,” she explains. “It’s so vulnerable … Who wants to just bare their entire fears, insecurities, mistakes in front of people who can look at you and judge you and whatever? That’s super, super scary.”

Check out Alicia’s Noteworthy doc below.

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Watch: Alicia Keys Performs “She Don’t Really Care” at Apple Music Festival


Alicia Keys is coming, and she’s giving New York the glory.

While across the pond for an appearance and performance at the Apple Music Festival in London, the vibratious singer delivered another hometown anthem with “She Don’t Really Care,” off her forthcoming sixth studio album.

“I promise it’s coming so, so, so soon,” she said of the follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire. “It’s really the most purposeful and most intentional that I’ve ever written music before, ever, and it’s all about New York City in so many ways, which is why I’m bringing you into my world a little bit.”

Over a boom-bap beat, Alicia swayed from side to side singing, “She grew up in Brooklyn / She grew up in Harlem / She grew up in Bronx / She know she was a queen / She lived in Queens.”

Although it was new to many in the audience, Keys previously performed “She Don’t Really Care” during her show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood back in July. New York based fans can catch Alicia performing at the TIDAL X: 1015 benefit concert next month.

Check out the performance below.

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Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, & Lauryn Hill to Headline TIDAL X: 1015 Benefit Concert


Following rumors of an epic charity gig, TIDAL has announced its second annual philanthropic festival in conjunction with New York’s Robin Hood organization.

As expected, Beyoncé will headline the TIDAL X: 1015 show, but Jay Z isn’t currently on the bill. Instead, the star-studded lineup includes Ms. Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Common, T.I., and more.

The benefit concert goes down Oct. 15 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. A TIDAL and American Express pre-sale begins tomorrow (Sept. 22) at 10 a.m. EST with general tickets going on sale Monday (Sept. 26).

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Beyoncé Celebrates Birthday with Star-Studded Soul Train Themed Party!

Beyonce Soul Train Bday Party

It was a night of peace, love, and SOUL on Monday, as Beyoncé celebrated her birthday with a star-studded bash in New York City.

The #BeyDay party was themed after the infamous Soul Train, and ’70s disco style. Friends and family filled the venue, including Kelly Rowland-who dressed up as Donna Summer, Alicia Keys-who was inspired by Chaka Khan for her outfit, Michelle Williams, Serena Williams, Solange, Usher, The-Dream, Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, Swizz Beatz-who manned the turntables, Diddy, Cassie and more.

JAY Z went all out dressed up as Jimi Hendrix, causing the internets to go crazy over his shuffle dance move as he entered the party behind Queen Bey.

Blue Ivy gave her Mommy an adorable birthday wish, and Bey thanked all of the attendees for their love and support.

“Thank you everybody for coming. You guys did such an incredible job committing, and I’m so happy to be here. Thank you baby,” said Beyoncé.

Check out the pics and video footage below.

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Alicia Keys Performs On The Today Show’s ‘Summer Concert Series,’ Inspires Hosts To Go Without Makeup


Alicia Keys helped wake up her hometown of New York City on Friday morning. The R&B songstress was the musical guest on the “Today” show, kicking off Labor Day weekend with a rousing performance in Rockerfeller Plaza.

The singer/songwriter, who is pushing the no-make up trend, brought out the big hits for the packed crowd, singing “Girl On Fire,” “No One” and “You Don’t Know My Name.”

Alicia also performed her newest single “In Common” and the recently released “Back To Life,” off the soundtrack to the upcoming Disney movie, Queen of Katwe.

She also talked to Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie about the her new music and going without makeup, which led to a special moment of her inspiring hosts Tamron Hall, Billy Bush and Al Roker to remove their TV makeup. Keys helped Hall remove her makeup with a few moist towelettes.

Watch A. Keys wake up America below.

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