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

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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’

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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)

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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’

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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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Alicia Keys Brings ‘HERE’ To The Apollo Theater

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For her official album release concert, Alicia Keys brought ‘HERE‘ to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York on Saturday night (Nov. 5). The marquee on the front of the famed venue read “Alicia is HERE,” as a small sea of adorning fans anxiously waited to enter the building.

With all the seats filled, the concert event opened with a showing of Key’s new short film, The Gospel, which was inspired by her experiences growing up in New York City. Following the film, the night’s headliner made her entrance on stage and dived into a spirited performance on the piano of the album’s first song “The Gospel.”

“Are we in Harlem tonight?!” Keys asked the packed Apollo Theater. Her tones echoed off the theater’s walls as she segued into “Pawn It All,” peeling back it’s layers and slowing down the tempo. “This song right here makes me have to get a chair,” she said before her impassioned delivery of the Emeli Sande-assisted track “Kill Your Mama.” “Is there any saving us, we’ve become so dangerous / Is there any change in us, even for the sake of love,” Keys laments in the heart-tugging lyrics.

Alicia mentioned that Sande is her “writing soulmate” and the two co-wrote the song after sharing an interest in Native American folk music. “I wanna dedicate this song to Standing Rock,” she continued. “And all the people who are fighting to save our water and our sacred land.”

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Alicia Keys Performs “Blended Family” On ‘The Tonight Show’

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Alicia Keys turned “The Tonight Show” into a “Blended Family” affair.

Celebrating the release of her new album HERE, the R&B songstress was joined by buzzing female rapper Young M.A. and The Roots for a live performance of her single, “Blended Family (What You Do for Love).”

Although the song’s original guest A$AP Rocky couldn’t make the show, Young M.A. stepped in with an introspective verse about her own blended family experiences.

“Growing up, I had a little sister, older brother / For us, a father figure was a single mother / My daddy was locked up / My momma was knocked up / And every now and then my brother’s father would pop up / But I consider him dad,” rhymed M.A.

Alicia took it from there. Backed by The Roots, she sang from behind her piano and eventually, standing up for her dedication to how “love can bring us closer than blood.”  In addition to her performance, A. Keys sat down with Jimmy Fallon where she spoke about how she “stepped it up” on “The Voice,” and she accepted a doughnut gift from Questlove.

Check out her performance and interview below.

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Stream: Alicia Keys Releases New Album ‘HERE’

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Ain’t no better way to say it, Alicia Keys’ brand new album is HERE.

The R&B superstar has finally delivered her anticipated sixth studio album, which has been 4 years in the making, following 2012’s Girl On Fire.  Keys has described the 16-track project as an ode to New York, and the album’s only feature comes from A$AP Rocky on “Blended Family (What You Do for Love).”

“This album is so much about life, New York City, us as people, all the stories I saw growing up,” she previously explained during an interview 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.”

In addition to the album, Alicia released the prelude film The Gospel.

Stream HERE via Spotify or Apple Music below.

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Watch: Alicia Keys Releases Short Film ‘The Gospel’

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Just days before her new album HERE arrives on Nov. 4, Alicia Keys takes fans into her “Empire State of Mind” with the 23-minute short film The Gospel.

Broken into black-and-white vignettes, the film is seeping with New York imagery, emotion, and personality.

“This is my New York,” says Keys. “These buildings, these hallways, these conversations, they raised me. So much wisdom. So much pain.”

Speaking of wisdom, the film has various bits of knowledge as different people share what they wish they’d been told as children.

Songs from HERE like “She Don’t Really Care” work as the soundtrack for the visual and Keys appears in the short as well. It was written and directed by A.V. Rockwell while Alicia worked as its executive producer along with Erika Rose Santoro, Robin Frank, and Lucy Sumner.

The Gospel, which is also the title of the second song on HERE, premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and is now available to watch below.

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