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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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Alicia Keys Records New Song “Back to Life” for Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’

Alicia Keys Back to Life

Alicia Keys‘ new album is on the way soon, but in the meantime the singer/songwriter has crafted a brand new song, titled “Back to Life,” for the upcoming Disney film, Queen of Katwe.

The song can be heard as the backing track for the trailer to the inspirational movie, which is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), the film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (Selma), Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

Keys also appears in the trailer, talking about the film and how it inspired her and the new song.

“Queen of Katwe moved me in every way. The film beautifully depicts Uganda with such honest attention to detail—the colors, the sounds, the people—all vividly brought to life. But most soulfully, it’s the story of this fearless, brilliant girl Phiona who embodies the message that the rise to success first begins with opportunity, and the belief you have in yourself to pursue something bigger,” explains Alicia. “The song ‘Back To Life’ that I wrote for this film alongside collaborators Illangelo and Billy Walsh, is about pushing past that little voice of doubt in our heads so we can instead, electrify the world. When we allow women to find and express their power and potential, the world changes for the better. I encourage people to see this film, be moved by Phiona’s story and then go back into their own communities and encourage a girl who will rise like a flower that breaks through the concrete to see the sun!”

Queen of Katwe is in theaters September 30! Check out the trailer and “Back to Life” below.

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Alicia Keys Reads Poem, Performs Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the VMAs


Alicia Keys had a powerful moment at the 2016 VMAs on Sunday night.

Live at Madison Square Garden in her hometown of New York City, the R&B songstress took the stage to present Best Male Video, but Alicia had much more than a typical nominee speech planned.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, which he delivered to the world 53 years ago today (Aug. 28), Keys performed a poem and a capella.

“Maybe we could love somebody / Instead of polishing the bombs of holy war,” she sings.

Check out a clip of her tribute below.

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New Music: Alicia Keys feat. Kanye West & Travis Scott – In Common (Remix)


Ain’t nothin’ common about this!

On the premiere episode of his new .wav radio program on Beats 1, Travis Scott surprised listeners by debuting a brand new remix to Alicia Keys single “In Common,” featuring himself and his G.O.O.D Music boss, Kanye West.

“Folks all up in our business, Yeezy Season, I’m trendin’ / I bet you they respek the name now / So are we done or we finished,” raps Yeezy.

Earlier on the program, Scott also premiered a remix to Usher’s “No Limit.”

Listen to the radio rip of “In Common (Remix)” below.

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