Posts Tagged ‘Alicia Keys’

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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New Music: Alicia Keys – Sweet F-ing Love

It’s not even new music Friday, but two months after releasing her sixth studio album HERE, Alicia Keys has surprised fans with a brand new song for the new year.  On Monday night, Swizz Beatz debuted his wife’s latest track, “Sweet F-ing Love,” produced by Kaytranada. The tender love song finds Keys effortlessly harmonizing over a whimsical, jazzy instrumental.

“I’m talkin’ ’bout sweet f-ing love / I’m talkin’ ’bout sweet, sweet f-ing love” she repeats throughout the record.

On Feb. 8, Alicia will headline Power 106’s CRUSH concert at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. She is also set to return as coach on the new season of NBC’s “The Voice,” premiering Feb. 27.

Listen to Alicia’s “Sweet” serenade below.

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ThisisRnB Presents: The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016

#Blessings 2016, we out!

Across the board it’s been a very interesting year for music, and R&B played a major role in adding unique projects to 2016. From our perspective–over the past couple of years–there appears to be a stronger push to return certain elements of traditional R&B to the mainstream public, even coming from the new generations. However, the genre is still evolving, continuing to grow and change, and creative progression is what we want to see.

What we heard this year, is a vast variety of R&B sounds, styles, and inspirations across many releases; from new breakout voices to mainstream megastars to long overdue comebacks from some of our most beloved singers. 2016 was the year for it all, whether you love buttery smooth soul, gritty blues, sinfully dark seduction, dance and sing-along anthems, retro funk and anything in-between, there was something for every taste in the many albums that were released this year.

Now, instead of offering our critical album rankings this year, we’ve taken a different approach to the list, and not placed the albums in number order, but just alphabetical. So click below to check out our list of The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016, and also check out the results of our Readers’ Choice Poll on the last page as well!

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New Music: Alicia Keys feat. Pharrell Williams – Apple


Alicia Keys connects with Pharrell Williams for the latest release from the soundtrack to the upcoming film Hidden Figures.

The lively track titled “Apple” features handclaps and jazzy vibes, while Keys and Skateboard P command attention.

“It’s funny when the arrow’s aiming at you,” sings Pharrell. “Inscribed with your name / You pray that it just goes past you / Cupid’s only gonna shoot if he knows it’s his game.”

Tonight, the Neptunes frontman is set to take the stage on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, hits theaters Christmas Day.

Get a taste of “Apple” below.

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Alicia Keys Performs “Blended Family” on ‘X Factor UK’


After performing “Holy War” with Adam Levine on “The Voice,” Alicia Keys took her talents across the pond this past weekend.

Hitting “The X Factor UK” stage, “The Voice” coach delivered her HERE single, “Blended Family (What You Do for Love),” while sharing a message of unity.

“This is my new song called ‘Blended Family,’” she said. “Let’s make sure we continue to create the global human family.”

After the performance, she also offered some advice to the show’s contestants. “The U.K. knows better than ever how blessed we are to be all mixed together and appreciate our differences and the way we’re all unique,” she said. “The more unique you can be, just totally be yourself. Don’t try to be like anybody else, don’t try to do what anyone else is doing. Just be yourself.”

When told she should run for Prime Minister, Alicia smiled. “I might have to,” she said, “the way things are going.”

Watch her “Blended Family” performance below.

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Alicia Keys & Adam Levine Perform “Holy War” on ‘The Voice’


Alicia Keys delivers a message of unity on “The Voice.”

On Tuesday night, the R&B powerhouse-turned-coach hit the stage on the show she now stars on to perform a medley of songs from her latest album HERE, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week.

She started with “Blended Family (What You Do for Love),” but paused only seconds into the performance. “That’s my new song ‘Blended Family’ that I was supposed to sing tonight,” she explained. “But due to the current climate, there’s only one song I can sing. That’s ‘Holy War.’”

With her co-star Adam Levine beside her playing an acoustic guitar, Alicia sat down behind her piano for the rest of the set, while fans waved hands side to side.

“Divided by difference / Sexuality and skin / So we can hate each other, fear each other / We can build these walls between each other…But maybe we should love somebody, maybe we can care a little more,” she sang.

From there, Keys blended in portions of “Blended Family” into “Holy War’s” finale while her fellow “Voice” coach Miley Cyrus sang along. Watch their performance below.

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


A week after releasing her new album HERE, Alicia Keys delivers the emotionally powerful video for “Blended Family (What You Do for Love)” featuring A$AP Rocky.

Filmed entirely in black and white, the stirring clip finds Alicia surrounded by her family, including her children with Swizz Beatz (Egypt and Genesis), as well as children from the producer’s past relationships with Nicole Levy and Mashonda Tifere (Prince Nasir and Kasseem).

The song celebrates modern families including Keys’ own relationship with Kasseem and his mother Mashonda, who makes a cameo in the clip too. “I know it started with a little drama / I hate you had to read it in the paper / But everything’s alright with me and ya mama / Baby everybody here you know adores ya,” sings Alicia.

Rocky also appears in the clip, while rhyming about his own blended family. His sister Erika B. Mayers makes a cameo while Flacko rhymes: “Hit my sister’s just for dinner cause the cookin’ was bomb / Her mother’s supper made me love her like she took me to prom.”

Check out the video below.

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Alicia Keys Talks New Album ‘HERE,’ New Look, & Plays Kids Keyboard on ‘The Cruz Show’


Following her album release concert at the Apollo Theater, Alicia Keys traveled to Los Angeles where visited Power 106 for an interview with ‘The Cruz Show.’

During her chat with the morning crew, Keys spoke about her sixth studio album HERE, family life, her new make-up free look, and being a judge on “The Voice.”

For a fun moment, J. Cruz asked Alicia if she could play something on a children’s toy keyboard, and of course she took the challenge.

In addition, “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” has shared another clip from Keys recent visit to the show, where backstage she entered into an intense staring contest with Jimmy.

Check out both fun clips below.

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