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Gwen is returning to the show where she first met boyfriend Blake Shelton last year.
Gwen Stefani is returning as a coach on ‘The Voice’ for the competition’s 12th season next year.
Stefani’s return means Miley Cyrus is out, but fan’s needn't worry as she’ll be coming back for the show’s 13th season in the fall of 2017.
Gwen Stefani is coming back to ‘The Voice’ for season 12 next year
But not everyone was convinced Kim was au naturel.
Kim Kardashian attempted to make a different kind of bold fashion statement on Saturday, by wearing no make-up to Balenciaga's Paris Fashion Week show.
The 35-year-old reality star posted a photo of her look on social media, writing, “No make up today,” but some followers thought Kim still wasn't 100% natural.
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian Goes Make Up Free For Balenciaga Paris Fashion Week Show
Keys got nearly two dozen stars from music and film together for her 'We Are Here' movement clip, highlighting deaths of black civilians at the hands of police.
In a clip that debuted on Mic.com on Wednesday (July 13th), Keys and various celebs that also included Hollywood stars Taraji P. Henson, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart and music stars Common, Pink and Adam Levine, explain “23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America”.
Photos of black men and women killed on the streets by police and armed civilians come up on the screen.
Disney's Queen of Katwe is set in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda where we follow Phiona Mutesi on her journey to dream big and create a better life for her and her family. Her mother Harriet works on the market selling vegetables in order to just provide enough money to keep a roof over the family's head and says to Phiona that she will be disappointed if she 'dares to dream'.
Empire, the Fox drama series with a storyline surrounding a hip-hop entertainment company (Empire Entertainment), is one of the most talked about shows in the States. This soundtrack, as well as the Season 1 disc which was released earlier this year, is comprised of songs performed on the show, by the actors/musicians themselves. The production is handled entirely by Virginia producer Timbaland, who has worked with pretty much everyone in hip-hop you can think of. Jussie Smollett, Yazz and Bre-Z make up a significant amount of the tracks on here, as well as Terrence Howard and Petey Pablo's collaboration Snitch Bitch, which was one of the main draws to giving this a listen.
The opening track Born To Love You features some pretty smooth, tasteful R&B vocals from Smollett, and the trap-influenced chorus is a nice switch up that is successfully executed. Snitch Bitch was exciting for me because of Petey Pablo's return. He is on the show (apparently because Terrence Howard owed him $200, and getting Pablo a part in Empire was his way of repaying the debt), and it's good to see him back in any capacity. Petey's first album, 2001s Diary Of A Sinner: 1st Entry, is an under-rated LP with some fantastic Timbaland production, but without a proper release since 2004s Still Writing In My Diary I was unsure if we'd ever get to hear more music from the North Carolina MC. This track is a collaboration between Pablo and Howard, and although it's not terrible, it falls a little flat; the repetitive production and auto-tuned chorus fell way short of my expectations. Perhaps they were unrealistically high.
Bout To Blow is a guilty pleasure for me to be honest. Throw it on at 2 AM after a few too many and you might catch me off guard on the dancefloor. The beat creates an instant vibe, and it's proof that Timbaland still knows how to craft energetic, well-structured club-bangers. Terrence Howard and Bre-Z's Boom Boom Boom Boom is another highlight. The menacing, tribal production finds the two artists delivering aggressive lyrics over a sinister, piano-laced beat. The percussion in the hook is classic Timbaland, and the sitar line is a great addition to the simple but effective chorus. Bre-Z's appearance is very impressive; her powerful, savage delivery and consistent flow sets her apart from many of the other artists that appear on the soundtrack.
Continue reading: Empire Season 2 Part 1 Official Soundtrack - Album Review
As a 16-year-old, Alicia Keys was a soulful pianist telling us the intimate details of her diary. Since then she's won 14 Grammys, done a Bond theme song and sung at the Superbowl. As a 32-year-old she's one of the best and most successful R&B singers in the world and tonight is all about her.
Tonight she flits through the stages of her career with ease and an air of sophistication. It's a long arena show of over 20 songs all of which are designed to exhibit her voice. From the percussion heavy theatrics of 'Girl On Fire' to the lullaby-like ballad 'Tears Always Win', classics like 'Fallin'' and of course modern hip-pop masterpiece 'Empire State Of Mind' show Keys' pipes and playing ability are always front and centre; whether it's just her and a piano or a stage full of breakdancing young men, the only thing you really notice is the sound. Keys is an artist with merit and integrity and she's keen to show that off.
Showcasing each and every aspect of her, including her bizarre turn as brand ambassador for BlackBerry, it's apparent how slick her show is. A Jay-Z screen performance, choreographed phone calls, a despicable swap of 'New York' for 'Manchester'; it's glossy to the point of glibness. Not even asking the audience to hold their phones in the air is left to chance. It makes for a finely tuned show, but a largely stale atmosphere. There's some sense that this is down to BlackBerry who make sure their presence is apparent as Lycra-clad women adorned with their logos swan round the place.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys - MEN Arena 24th May 2013 Live Review
The singer recently explained the concept behind her new song and the accompanying video.
Fresh off the highly talked about Met ball earlier this week, Alicia Keys jetted off to Vegas to film the music video for her new single Tears Always Win. The track is the latest release of Girl on Fire and it tells the story of a woman, coping with a difficult breakup, which affects all other aspects of her life. Keys discussed the song and the video in depth with MTV, saying: "It's a girl and her working two jobs and she's got all these things going on. But the whole time, she's totally distracted because she's only thinking about how she feels [about her ex], almost at the point [where] you're thinking about the person, but you're also thinking about, kind of, your loneliness and how you feel. How're you gonna get through it? The video is totally beautiful, really unexpected. It has some Vegas pieces in it. I think the way it goes on, it really brings a relevance to the words and you'll really feel it. I'm loving it."
It doesn’t seem like a happy ending for the song’s protagonist, but at least, if Keys is right, we will get to enjoy some beautiful visuals. The Vegas setting should certainly offer plenty of those for the Tears Always Win video. But it will mainly focus on the character’s inner turmoil, said the singer/songwriter. "So, Tears Always Win is really about a relationship that's over and you're remembering all the times that it was there," she said. "You're remembering all the ways they filled your space and now that it's not there. You're telling yourself you don't need them, but you're missing them and you're crying about it."
Alicia Keys, pictured here at the 55th annual Grammys.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys Talks "Tears Always Win" And Nicki Minaj Collaboration
Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'. Celebrating the best in pop, hiphop, soul, R&B and much of what comes in between, it never fails to be a veritable who's who from the Spotify playlists of the masses. And this year will be no different. Not only are the nominees ones to look out for, absences are worthy of note, as are this year's presenters and some very special performances.
In terms of performances to look forward to, this year we have some unusual and largely unexpected pair ups. Elton John and Ed Sheeran will take to the stage together. An unusual pairing, they're both Brits with unusual song writing talent. While John is a true showman and is well known for his intereSting outfits and outrageous glasses, Sheeran is distinctly more low key. We're not sure how this is going to work, but we're guessing it'll be great. Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna will all also perform together, as will Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, and Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.
Continue reading: 55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail To Impress
It’s a real mixed bag for the biggest album releases today and the most popular is bound to be the accompanying CD release to the 12-12-12Benefit Concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The tracklisting reads like a who’s who of the biggest names in rock and pop, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band contributing ‘Land of Hope And Dreams’ and ‘Wrecking Ball,’ whilst The Rolling Stones liven things up with ‘You Got Me Rocking’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’
And of course, a who’s who isn’t a who’s who without The Who, who also make an appearance, with ‘Who Are You,’ ‘Baba O’Riley’ and ‘Love Reign O’er Me.’ It’s very much a line-up full of (ahem) ‘experienced’ male musicians. The presence of Alicia Keys doesn’t exactly balance things out, as she sits there alone, with one track breaking up the compilation and ‘Empire State of Mind’ closing things out. The latter track, though, an affection paean to one of the cities destroyed by the hurricane, is an obvious highlight of this emotionally-weighted compilation.
Well, it was about time. With a week left until the Super Bowl, the National Football League finally announced that this year, the national anthem at the game will be sung by none other than Alicia Keys.
The fourteen-time Grammy winner seems like a perfectly solid choice for the honorary job, although, with previous Super Bowl performances in mind, she probably doesn’t have that much to compete with (cough, Christina Aguilera’s botched performance in 2011).
Despite the Super Bowl being hosted in New Orleans this year, the entertainment will be dominated by New York ladies as it seems, with NY-native Keys singing the anthem and residents of the Big Apple Beyonce, along with fellow Destiny’s Child singers Kelly Rowland and Michele Williams (it is rumoured), performing in the half time show. So far, this is all the news anyone has about the entertainment at this year’s game, but even so, it looks like everyone, including non-football fans, will be catered for. If you don’t tune in for the game, it may be worth at least checking out the entertainment. And those shiny, shiny Super bowl ads. Despite rumoured changes to the tone of the advertising, we’re sure there will be no shortage of scantily clad women in the ad breaks, as per Super Bowl tradition. And with so much money being poured into the entertainment and advertising, surely, this will be one to watch. After all, the Super Bowl only comes along once a year.
You can always rely on Cedric The Entertainer to get the red-carpet rocking ahead of an industry bash. Real name Cedric Antonio Kyles, the American actor and comedian showed up at the 2013 BET Honors last week to really liven things up! The Steve Harvey Show alum looked in his element posing for photographers and chatting with fellow guests.
It was a typical grand entrance from the funny-man, though the waiting press pack were perhaps more keen to snap Avatar star Laz Alonso, who also attended the event, and Anthony Anderson from All About The Andersons. Other high profile arrivals included R&B and soul producers Jimmy Jam and Terry lewis, BET chairman Debra Lee and Ava Coleman, Whose Line Is It Anyway? comedian Wayne Brady and WNBA player Lisa Leslie and husband MICHAEL LOCKWOOD.
Continue reading: Cedric The Entertainer Steals The Show On BET Red Carpet (Video)
You can always rely on Halle Berry, Alicia Keys and Kelly Rowland to turn heads wherever they turn up, and the trio did just that as they arrived together that the BET Honors event in Washington DC. The BET Honors stands for the Black Entertainment Television and is inspired by the Kennedy Center Honors, seeking to award those who've contributed much to the black community through arts, entertainment, sports or other endeavors over the years.
This year’s Brit Awards nominations look as though they were concocted by a group of strangers, with wildly different cultural backgrounds, on a drunken night out. Is this a sign that the mainstream music world is finally starting to accept that it’s becoming more and more acceptable to have diverse musical tastes? Or are the organisers of the BRITS simply trying to spark controversy? have they lost the plot? Or is this an honest reflection of the mindset of a 2013 British music buying public? Let’s take a look at the evidence, and scrutinise some of the more baffling categories…
British Female Solo Artist Nominees – One of the more sensitive and contentious issues, here, in the British female solo artist category. Of the five nominees, only four of them were alive this year. We understand that Amy Winehouse has a lasting legacy in British pop music. We understand that she was – and, in many ways remains - a tour de force. But, for the sake of the awards, we simply have to ask, at the risk of sounding flippant, what has Amy Winehouse done for British music in the last 12 months? Sadly, nothing. Her posthumous album (released in December 2011, we should add), Lioness: Hidden Treasures was politely and quietly denounced for being little more than cuttings from the studio floor. We simply can’t get our heads around her inclusion on this list. With Bat For Lashes throw in as the ‘alternative’ wild card, to lend a touch of outsider cool to the category, it’s between Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and Jessie Ware to catch this one, we reckon.
Continue reading: BRIT Awards 2013 Nominees Announced: Diverse? Or Just Weird?
Alicia Keys was back to her soulful best at the Monster CES Party at Paris Ballroom, Las Vegas last night.
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The network announced the news today (Dec 20) that Berry and Khan would be amongst next years inductees into the honour list, with basketball star Lisa Leslie, music executive Clarence Avant and religious leader T.D. Jakes also being honoured. The ceremony will take place on January 12th in Washington, D.C., at the Warner Theatre. The show special airs on BET a month later on February 11th, with a host of special performances also taking place on the night.
BET Honors are awarded yearly to African Americans who have been recognised by BET as having exceeded in their fields of music, literature, entertainment, education and more. The awards presentation was devised in 2008 by the broadcasting company to coincide with Black History Month, with Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Magic Johnson, Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder having been honoured in the past. Next years ceremony will be presented by Gabrielle Union, with the list of performers at the event being held for the time being. At least this gives Halle something to look forward to, should she be fearing her Christmas celebrations go the same way as her Thanksgiving festivities went.
Yesterday’s Concert For Sandy Relief (December 12, 2012) turned into a year’s worth of rock and pop headlines, all rolled into one. Not only were some of the coolest kids on the block performing (Alicia Keys, we’re looking at you), but they were doing it in tabloid-seeking style (Kanye West in a skirt, anyone?). However, it was the older statesmen of rock and roll that really grabbed the nations’ attention last night.
First up, Sir Paul McCartney, formerly of The Beatles and now, apparently… of Nirvana? Well, maybe not quite. But Sir Paul did perform with the surviving members of Nirvana – Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, playing a new song that they had composed together, entitled ‘Cut Me Some Slack.’ It was part of a wider set performed by McCartney and allayed the fears of devout Nirvana fans, concerned that they would be performing a set of Nirvana covers, with McCartney taking the place of the late Kurt Cobain.
The Rolling Stones made an impressive, if brief, performance, playing ‘You Got Me Rocking’ and ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ before leaving the Madison Square Garden gathered crowd wanting more. Mick Jagger’s seemingly unending reserves of energy put many of the other performers to shame, even if he didn’t have to exert quite the same degree of stamina that he has had to at the band’s recent 2 hour 50th anniversary shows. “Homestate hero” Bruce Springsteen was described by New York Times as “the master of the socially conscious message that’s also a full-tilt rock concert” and last night, he didn’t disappoint. The evening ended on a rousing note, with Alicia Keys joined by a stage full of firefighters to sing ‘Empire State Of Mind Part II,’ with its appropriate chorus of “This is New York… concrete jungle where dreams are made of.”
Alicia Keys makes a bold return this week with Girl on Fire, her fifth studio album and her first in three years. The Washington Post have claimed that Girl on Fire is her “best album in years” and they’re not the only ones to be hailing Alicia’s latest offering as a success. Billboard have described Girl on Fire as “arguably (her) most consistent album to date.” A pretty impressive claim, when you consider that, to date, her other four albums have landed her no fewer than 14 Grammy awards – possibly the most respected award in the music business.
The UK newspaper The Telegraph were in agreement, echoing Washington Post’s “best album in years” sentiment and Entertainment Weekly sum up the secret of the album’s success by explaining “Some of Girl on Fire's best moments come down to just Keys and her piano.” the Metacritic site have collated the major review scores and, despite the high praise from some corners, Keys’ latest album has ended up with a fairly unremarkable score of 65.
The Guardian claims that the album “doesn’t’ go far enough and their sister publication, The Observer was even less impressed, saying “Ultimately… it still cleaves too close to the polite piano soul with which Keys has filled 10 years.” The Chicago Tribune warn readers not to believe the hype, saying it’s “really just more of the same.” Great if you’re an Alicia Keys fan, but unlikely to win you over if you’re not?
Olly Murs is currently riding high on the UK Singles chart with ‘Troublemaker’ but can he make it a double-whammy with his third studio album? It will mean shaking Rihanna off the top of the tree; she’s currently sat there with Unapologetic, but will the UK decide to favour Olly’s boyish charms, over tabloid perennial Rhi Rhi?
Right Place Right Time is the third full-length release from Murs, who manages to maintain a presence on prime-time TV with his Xtra Factor presenting duties, even when he’s not releasing records. His harmless and affable charm seem to do as well for him as his song choices and the success of ‘Troublemaker’ will, of course, help sales of the album. Which just happens to be coming out a few weeks before Christmas. Which is kind of handy because he’s the kind of middle-of-the-road pop act you can purchase as an ambitious stocking filler, or for your Secret Santa at work, for the girl that doesn’t really seem to care about music very much.
Watch Olly Murs' video for Right Place Right Time
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Last night (September 24, 2012), Alicia Keys headlined the MTV Crashes Manchester event, in the city’s cathedral. The 14 time Grammy winner was clearly overjoyed at the opportunity to play in such a stunning venue, where she treated the1,000 strong crowd to renditions of material from her new album Girl on Fire. “It was great, I loved it. I've been feeling so interestingly different performing these songs,” Keys told Associated Press.
The singer, who has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, said that singing in a place of worship had a very special feel to it, describing it as “an honour” and explaining that there was “an energy there that’s very different.” The new Alicia Keys songs haven’t been performed very many times but she seemed to be settling into it well: “Today I felt so calm, and paced, and right in the zone with the crowd. I haven't performed these songs a ton of times, like four shows so far or something, but I guess that's enough to start feeling confident and get the flow. I loved this show, and what a beautiful venue.”
Her new album is highly anticipated by Keys’ fans, who have had to wait since 2009 for a new studio album from her. Girl on Fire will be released on November 26, 2012 and features collaborations with Emeli Sande and Bruno Mars.
Young, New York legend Alicia Keys is certainly a household name around the world. With a career with distinction that boasts far beyond her years, Alicia's first contribution in 2001 was indeed a classic. It's fitting in this world of change and harmony to reintroduce such a positive message of peace, hope and love, from a talented girl whose virtuoso piano playing and soulful elegance combined to create 'Songs in A Minor'. For many it was a flash of brilliance from such a musically mature girl, it almost felt like this was the future.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys, Songs In A Minor - Collectors Addition Album Review
Lily (Dakota Fanning) lives in rural South Carolina with her no-account abusive redneck daddy T. Ray (Paul Bettany) and the family housekeeper Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson). Her mother died when she was very young, and the circumstances have haunted the young girl ever since. When President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1964 into law, Rosaleen decides to register. In the process, she is assaulted, beaten, and arrested. In a moment of opportunity, she escapes the police, and takes Lily out on the run. They wind up in the care of the Boatwright sisters -- August (Queen Latifah), June (Alicia Keys), and May (Sophie Okonedo). Successful beekeepers, their safe haven gives Lily a chance to face the demons from the past and plot a course for the future.
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Richie Sambora, Alicia Keys and Bon Jovi Wednesday 26th September 2007 'Recording Academy Honors' hosted an evening honoring Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and Donnie McClurkin at Cipriani's Wall Street -Arrivals New York City, USA
Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a Vegas card sharp come gangster and former member of the La Cosa Nostra (LCN), one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States. In exchange for a vanishing act with Witness Protection, Israel (who is currently hiding out in the penthouse of The Nomad Casino in Lake Tahoe with his posse of bodyguards and hookers), has agreed to testify against his former mentor, Primo Sparazza, and the LCN.
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