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Gwen Stefani Will Be Back On 'The Voice' For Season 12 With Miley Cyrus Returning For Season 13


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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.

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Kim Kardashian Goes Make Up Free For Balenciaga Paris Fashion Week Show


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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.

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Alicia Keys Rounds Up Beyonce, Rihanna, Pharrell And Many More For 'We Are Here' Racial Injustice Video


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Alicia Keys has teamed up with the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams for a new PSA video shedding light on racial injustice in America, as part of the singer’s ‘We Are Here’ movement.

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.

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Queen Of Katwe - Trailer & Alicia Keys Featurette


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'. 

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Empire Season 2 Part 1 Official Soundtrack - Album Review


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.

Empire Season 2 Part 1 Official Soundtrack - Album Review

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.

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Alicia Keys Welcomes Second Baby With Husband Swizz Beatz


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Congrats, Alicia Keys! The soul icon has given birth to her second child, a baby boy named Genesis Ali Dean. The little one was born just a few days after the holidays, on Saturday, December 27th.

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Congratulations on the new addition to the family!

"The joy of joy is joy!! It's a boy!!" Key said on Instagram on Sunday. "We are so grateful!!#blessings!!️"

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Nas: Time Is Illmatic Trailer


With a jazz musician for a father, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones grew up in a world of music. Knowing from an early age that he wanted to become a rapper, he took a look at the bleak world around him and set to work on writing an album that would deliver a voice to the unheard generation of young black men in America. The result was 'Illmatic', a 1994 landmark that heralded the second coming of the Golden Era of hip hop and a revival of New York's rap scene. 

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Carole King Named MusiCares Person Of The Year, Honored By Fellow Musicians


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At Friday night’s MusiCares gala, Carole King was most definitely the star of the night – and the year, as she was honored with MusiCares’ Person of the Year award. More than 2000 admirers filled the Los Angeles Convention Center to pay tribute to King. Past MusiCares honorees Bonnie Raitt, Gloria Estefan and David Crosby were also in attendance along with the likes of Yoko Ono, Ciara, Diane Warren, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, USA Today reports.

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King joins the likes of Bonnie Raitt and David Crossby in winning the honor.

The ceremony kicked off with host Jimmy Kimmel paying tribute to King’s five-decade career and the 1971 album that started it all. “That cat from the Tapestry album must be dead, right?” Kimmel quipped in his opening speech. He was followed by renditions of King’s most popular songs, performed by some of the biggest names in music today.

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Kings Of Leon Crowned Rulers Of The Charts With 'Mechanical Bull'


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Kings Of Leon are celebrating yet another chart-topping album with their new and sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull. Sufficiently tantalised by the teasing stream of singles we've heard in recent months, such as 'Supersoaker,' fans have rushed to purchase the new release and have given the Nashville band their fourth UK No.1 to date.

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Kings Of Leon Are Top Dogs Again.

Drummer Nathan Followill tweeted his thanks for the fans support of their new album writing, "Thank you to all of our fans for showing us so much love on the new record. We made it for y'all and that's all that matters. #bestfansever."

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Global Citizen Festival: A Celebration Of Unity With Stevie Wonder In Central Park


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Has there ever been a festival more rooted in positivity, unity and optimism for change than last weekend's Global Citizen Festival? The charitable event raised awareness about serious world issues and also saw soul legend Stevie Wonder headline the Saturday night. Organised by Australian philanthropist Hugh Evans, the event is designed to raise funds to support causes that lift people out of extreme poverty, work towards gender equality in education, and promote environmental sustainability.


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Stevie Wonder Played A Central Role In The Festival's Success.

After being introduced himself by U2 rocker Bono, Stevie Wonder proceeded to welcome the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: "My friends, there are rock stars, and there are rock stars," Wonder explained. "And I can assure you that the secretary general is a genuine rock star. He's a rock star in his quest to bring hope to the hopeless, consensus where there's conflict, and peace and rights to those who suffer from hatred and despair."

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The Golden Citizen Festival Attracted Huge Musical Stars Who Performed In Front Of 60,000 Spectators


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On Saturday (Sept 28th) Central Park in New York hosted a special charity concert that saw stars such as John Mayer, Alicia Keys and Kings Of Leon perform their hit singles to a capacity crowd of 60,000 people.

The Global Show also boosted speakers like the Crown Princess of Denmark, the President of Liberia, and a bunch of U.S. congressmen.

Saturday's display of music covered all genres for the New York City crowd as Kings of Leon opened the show with their new single 'Super Soaker' but they soon played an early days hit with 'The Bucket' and then rocked out with 'Don't Matter'.They got the crowd to sing along to 'Sex on Fire' and finished their set with the huge hit 'Use Somebody'.

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Muscle Shoals Trailer


Muscle Shoals was just a town in Alabama with an extraordinary habit of producing some of the finest music in the world. It started out with Rick Hall and his FAME Studios, producing hits from the likes of Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Etta James. And not only that, even at the heart of racial distinction in America, he found the ability to join both black and white in unity over the love of soul music. Even after Hall's session group split up, some of them went to name themselves The Swampers, later becoming known as the Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section when they opened the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. From here came legendary tunes from The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. So just what was it that made Muscle Shoals the must-be place for artist in the seventies?

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A Week In Music - Alicia Keys Is On Fire, Professor Green Engineers Return And The Rolling Stones Threaten Glastonbury Black Out


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A Week In Reviews... This week saw 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys head to the UK for a series of dates, and boy did it seem that the girl really was on fire. A storming appraisal from us here at Contactmusic, for her show in Manchester proved that Keys hasn't lost her spark over 16 years in the game."If one thing's for certain tonight it's that Alicia Keys is the perfect crossover star, with an old school approach to music and a new school approach to showmanship; the girl really is on fire" we reckoned. 

Meanwhile, across the Pennines in Leeds, Mercury-nominated Ghostpoet was in town to perform plenty of new material. However, there was plenty to take in for both fans old and new, with Contactmusic's Joe Wild writing "Whilst the show was unquestionably a vehicle to promote his new material, the MC did sprinkle some Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam favourites into the set-list, such as 'Liiines' and 'Cash and Carry Me Home' to keep the faithful fans happy. But it was the renditions of newbies 'Dial Tones,' 'MSI MusmiD' and new single 'Meltdown' that really got the crowd amped and responding to his metaphor-laden lyrics and urban-decay-inspired beats."

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Alicia Keys Makes Emotional First Performance Of 'Tears Always Win'


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Alicia Keys debuted her brand new single 'Tears Always Win' on 'American Idol' last night (May 9th 2013) to a thrilling reception from the crowd.

The fourteen-time Grammy winner gave an emotional vocal and piano performance of the heart-wrenching song that was bound to get the waterworks going in the venue if the results show didn't. It has been taken from her 2012 album 'Girl On Fire' which serves as her fifth consecutive number one studio album as it topped the charts on both the US Billboard 200 and the US R&B. The single marks the album's fifth release, with the initial title track quickly becoming multiplatinum in the Fall of 2012. 'American Idol''s series 10 runner up Lauren Alaina also made a guest performance with her song 'Barefoot and Buckwild'.

Alicia, who has previously served as a mentor on the show, posted a series of Tweets before and after the show to remind her Twitter followers to tune in. 'I'll be performing my new song "Tears Always Win" 2night on @AmericanIdol!!! Will you be watching? ;-) Come see me!' She posted, and later said that she loved performing the track, which was co-written by Bruno Mars, despite getting 'butterflyz'.

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A Week In Music - Alicia Keys Girl On Fire Promotion Still Going, Cayucas Debut Makes For The Perfect Summer Listen And Latest Michael Jackson Court Case Begins


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A Week In Videos... She might have just wrapped up her Set The World On Fire tour, but the promotional drive for Alicia Keys fifth album Girl On Fire rolls on, with the multi-million selling songstress putting out a video for the third single from the 2012 Billboard number one LP. The video for 'New Day' sees clips of studio-shot footage of Keys dancing down back alleys, interspersed with footage of the star performing live in various instances. Given that her last single Brand New Me reached a meagre 103 at the tale of end of 2012 in America, it's going to be hard for 'New Day' to make much of an impact.

Kurt Vile's Wakin On A Pretty Daze was his most commercially successful album yet, going close to the top 40 in the UK and making 47 on the US Billboards. Yet the American psych-wizard is about more than sales figures, and pleasingly his fifth album also perhaps marks his most accomplished to-date, a record of dreamy soundscapes and hazy Americana tale-telling. Given the woozy nature of 'Never Run Away,' we wonder just exactly what that smoke coming out of the bus at the beginning of the video is...

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Alicia Keys’ Son Egypt Kisses Beyonces Daughter Blue Ivy, Jay Z Gets Protective


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Forget Chris Brown and Drake, or Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, or Rick Ross and most gangs; there’s a new rivalry in the rap world. Jay-Z’s got beef with a 2-year-old.

The trouble kicked off when Egypt Dean, 2, kissed Blue Ivy, 1, which annoyed her father Jay-Z, 43. "We'll get together and meet there [at the Knowles-Carter house] and like hang out and the kids will hang out and I think Egypt kissed Blue ... and I don't think Jay liked it very much," Keys joked. "He called my husband [Swizz Beatz] and he was like, 'Umm ... watch your son,'” Alicia Keys recalled as she appeared on US TV series The Wendy Williams Show on Monday. It would appear Jay Z is simply protecting his daughter, while Egypt is forging a reputation as somewhat of a ladies’ man. Watch out world, Egypt has arrived.

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Alicia Keys, Fall Out Boy And More Confirmed For NBA All-Star Weekend


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Didn't get your fill with the last dose of State-side halftime entertainment, well the NBA All-Star Weekend is here to help, with the show's line-up trying its best to out do Beyonce and co. last Sunday.

Taking place in Houston on Feb. 16-17, the showcase will be an all-star event in more than just b'ball-ability terms. Alicia Keys will be holding down the reigns at the halftime performance, whilst Ne-Yo will be performing before the main event. John Legend will perform the United States national anthem before the game. On the Saturday before, the newly reformed Fall Out Boy will be providing the half-time entertainment, their first live performance sine their 2009 split, whilst Ellie Goulding will play before the game.

The entertainment isn't just resigned to the match schedule though, as the full weekend of entertainment will also see American Idol winner Phillip Phillips performing on Saturday during the day, which will coincide with the time-honoured Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest — all of which will be presided over by Nick Cannon.

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Alicia Keys Super Bowl Performance Of National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, One Of The Best Yet?


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Alicia Keys set an impressive record for the longest rendition of The Star Spangled Banner yet, when she performed it at yesterday's Super Bowl in the Superdome in New Orleans. Not only was it the longest, but many are questioning whether it was the best.

It's not difficult to beat the 2011 performance for Christina Aguilera, who normally has a great voice, but who sadly forgot the words - uh oh! But Bleacher think that, aside from Whitney Houston's XXV 1991 performance, Keys was the best yet. And even praised Keys for singing live, where Houston did not. E! Online was also impressed with the performance describing it as a "quiet and dignified salute" to the anthem. All in all then, the 'Fallin'' singer did a great job! 

And, just to add icing to the cake, she could make money from it in the future. The Star Spangled Banner has no copy-rightattached to it, so she could use it for free, but by adding her own arrangement she can then copy-right that. As Showbiz411 said: "Keys could make money from its future use in that form, and get her a shared songwriting credit with composers Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith, who died in the 1800s." 

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Positive Responses To Alicia Keys Singing The National Anthem, 'The Star Spangled Banner'


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Alicia Keys sang the United States' National Anthem, 'Star Spangled Banner' just before the Super Bowl game began on Sunday. Plenty of people had placed bets on how long she'd been singing (and topped the lot with 2 minutes, 36 seconds), and despite the extended length of her rendition, on the whole people loved her performance.

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Stevie Wonder To Perform Over Super Bowl Weekend


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Musical genius, icon and all-round nice guy Stevie Wonder is going to make the Super Bowl weekend a whole lot more magical, as he will be performing in New Orleans next week for the much-anticipated Super Bowl extravaganza.

A spokesperson for the once a year event said today (Jan 25) that Bud Light will be sponsoring the concert, which will also feature performances by Texan blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and more at an open-air venue near the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in NO. But wait, there's more!

If the prospect of having Alicia Keys perform the national anthem prior to kick off, Beyonce (and maybe even the rest of Destiny's Child) performing at halftime and Stevie all in the same city over the same weekend, the star-studded line-up doesn't end just there. Justin Timberlake is lined up to appear live for the first time in over four years during the 'DIRECTV Super Saturday Night' performance on the 2nd. The performance is an invitation-only concert being held directly after DIRECTV’s 'Celebrity Beach Bowl,' with singer/rapper Pitbull set to perform at that shindig too.

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Alicia Keys To Perform National Anthem Before This Year's Super Bowl


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Alicia Keys will perform at the beginning of this year's Super Bowl XLVII, taking to the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 3 to perform a rendition of the American national anthem, the NFL and CBS announced today.

Keys' performance will air on CBS just prior to kick off and will be the singer's third overall performance at American Footballs grandest platform, having performed in 2005 and 2008, each time appearing as part of the pre-game entertainment. The news of Keys' appointment joins the announcement that fellow R&B star Beyoncé will be serving as the half-time entertainment for the sporting extravaganza, with her performance increasingly being dogged by rumours that she will be joined on stage by her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Last years Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVII, drew in a massive audience of over 111.3 million viewers in the U.S. alone, making it one of the most-watched sporting programs of all time. It comes as no surprise then to learn that this year the NFL are pulling out all the stops to ensure that this year's final surpasses the massive target set by the last final. Both the pre-game and halftime entertainment is being overseen by the NFL Network Production, with Ricky Kirshner serving as the executive producer of the whole extravaganza. We already can't wait to see what's in store next year.

Kat Graham, Claressa Shields And Ski Johnson Strut Their Stuff On The Red Carpet At The BET Honors (VIDEO)


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Stars from across the board were out in force for the BET honours on the 12/01/2013. The BET celebrates distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education.

Other musicians out in force on the red carpet were Ledisi, Y'Anna Crawley, Kem, Ray Chew, Bazaar Royale with Beverly Bond, Luke James of Fashion Music and music executive Clarence Avant. Fitness guru Jeanette Jenkins, ABC news anchor Cynne Simpson, Mayor of the District of Columbia Vincent Gray, President and CEO of Viacom Philippe Dauman with his wife Deborah Dauman, and American journalist Roland Martin were also at the event.

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Newly Single Taylor Swift Shines At People's Choice Awards


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The 2013 People’s Choice Awards Ceremony took place in Los Angeles earlier this week, and the numerous categories of awards held few surprises this year.

As expected, one of the big winners of the night was The Hunger Games franchise, winning across the board, in categories like Action Movie, Movie Franchise and winning lead actress Jennifer Lawrence the statuette in the category Face of Heroism - an odd category for any award show to have, but we never object to Lawrence getting more screen time. Other big winners of the night included Nicki Minaj (for Hip Hop Artist), Katy Perry (for Female Artist and Pop Artist). The other stars of the show, even if they weren’t awarded anything, were definitely the performers – Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys, to name a few – and last, but certainly not least, Taylor Swift’s cleavage.

The 23-year-old singer has been gracing headlines non-stop for a few months now, from her new album and new image to her relationship (and subsequent breakup) with One Direction singer Harry Styles. Taylor’s certainly had her ups and downs, but the People’s Choice awards definitely count as a success for her, as she not only managed to win the Country Artist award, but looked fabulous and displayed a pleasant sense of humor while doing it. She and host Olivia Munn referenced Swift’s 2009 MTV VMA debacle, during which Kanye West interrupted Swift mid award acceptance. That awkward moment is long forgotten now, however, and even with her complicated love life, Swift looks set for a lasting musical career.

Halle Berry And Chaka Khan To Be Made BET Honorees


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Halle Berry and Chaka Khan will be amongst the honourees being recognised by BET for their contribution to the advancement of the African American population during next years awards presentation.

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.

Sandy Benefit Concert Highlights: Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney And Nirvana Hit The Mark


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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.” 

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Bruce Springsteen And The Rolling Stones Among The Lineup Of Sandy Benefit Concert


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A slew of New York natives, as well as plenty of Brits performed at last night’s 12-12-12 benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which ripped through the city in October.

Bruce Springsteen, a Jersey man himself, took the stage first with Land of Hope and Dreams followed by the evocative Wrecking Ball and the very aptly themed My City in Ruins, all of which was meant to address the rebuilding process and the NY spirit. The musician spoke fondly of his native New Jersey, mentioning its inclusiveness. “I pray that this chraracteristic remains the same” Springsteen went on to say, before going into Born to Run, for which he was joined on stage by Jon Bon Jovi, another Jersey resident.

The concert was definitely geared towards classic rock fans – a smart marketing decision, since this is also the demographic with the highest disposable income. Besides a number of to-the-bone New Yorkers, like Jon Stewart, Adam Sandler and Alicia Keys, it also featured an unexpectedly high number of appearances by British musicians – The Who and Sir Paul McCartney among others. The ex-Beatle joined the surviving members of Nirvana onstage for a cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit.

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Pictures: Justin Bieber, Ke$ha And A Who's Who Of 2012 Pop Play The Second Night Of KIIS FM's Jingle Ball


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Justin Bieber performs on the second night of the KIIS Jingle Ball, but he was far from the only star of the evening

Justin Bieber was among those performing at the second night of the KIIS FM Jingle Ball, with pretty much anyone who's been anyone making an appearance over the radio network's massive two-dayer. Sunday night (December 2) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles saw current chart sensation Taylor Swift coming up against The Jonas Brothers - who found themselves eclipsed by the star. Last night, though (December 3), it was the turn of Bieber - still deep into his lengthy tour - Ke$ha, YouTube sensation Psy and fast rising British group The Wanted, among others, to provide the party.

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Girl On Fire - Is Alicia Keys Album Her Best Ever, Or Just More Of The Same?


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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?

Out Now: UK Album Releases, Olly Murs, McFly, Alicia Keys, Girls Aloud


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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.

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Alicia Keys Revels In The 'Energy' Of Manchester Cathedral


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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.


Video - Alicia Keys And Swiss Beatz Loved Up On The Red Carpet - 8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball Arrivals Part 4


Singer Alicia Keys hosted the 8th Annual Keep A Child Alice Black Ball in New York recently and invited her celebrity friends along for the event. Her husband Swiss Beatz pulled her close on the red carpet and the couple seemed very much in love.

The event honoured late Beatle George Harrison, who died ten years ago in 2001 of cancer. R&B singer Usher performed his song OMG and in a tribute to the guitarist, included sitars, an instrument that fascinated George

Video - La La Vasquez Shines In Diamond Headpiece - 8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball Arrivals Part 2


British rapper and producer Jay Sean was just one of the many celebrities at the 8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball, hosted by singer Alicia Keys and her husband Swiss Beatz. Actress Queen Latifah turned up and posed in a black hat with a large white rose on the side.

Other guests included model Chanel Iman and TV personality La La Vasquez, who wore an ornate diamond head-piece. She brought her husband, basketball player Carmelo Anthony to the ball and the pair posed on the red carpet.

Video - Will.I.Am Entertains Guests At Black Ball - 8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball Arrivals Part 1


The 8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball was held in New York recently. Hosted by R&B singer Alicia Keys and her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, the evening saw a whole host of celebrities walking the red carpet. Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora rubbed shoulders with fashion designer and model Tyra Banks, who was seen with her hair up, in a floor length purple dress.

Rapper and producer Will.i.am was also in attendance at the ball; he provided songs at the event, along with fellow singer Usher

Video - Alicia Keys Signs An Autograph For Lucky Fan - Lifetime Movie 'Five' Arrivals Part 2


New York recently played host to the new Lifetime movie 'Five', which had a variety of celebrities walking the red carpet. 'Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas' actress Ellen Barkin was seen, wearing a smart black jacket. Swizz Beatz and his wife, singer Alicia Keys, also put in an appearance, looking happy and loved up.

Alicia Keys is one of five directors, alongside actresses Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore. The five directors each shot a segment of the film, which chronicles the lives of five different women and the impact breast cancer had on their lives

Video - Linda Evangelista Seen At NYFW - Celebrities Arrive For Alexander Wang Show Part 2


Alexander Wang's show at the New York Fashion Week saw a whole host of celebrities arrive to view his designs. Among them, the celebrities in attendance include: Canadian model Linda Evangelista and R&B singer Alicia Keys and her rapper husband Swizz Beats, who both pose for photographs.

Linda Evangelista was later seen leaving the building after the show, along with Hole rocker Courtney Love and actress Lea Michele. When asked how the show went, Lea replied that it was great

Alicia Keys, Songs In A Minor - Collectors Addition Album Review


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.

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The Secret Life Of Bees Review


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Caucasians, apparently, have no soul. Or heart. Or common sense. According to the movies, whenever the majority lacks a moment of personal clarity, they seek solace, advice, and sage-like wisdom from the groups they marginalized for centuries. As a result, some manner of karmic comeuppance is achieved. The latest example of this Bagger Vance-ing of inferred race relations is The Secret Life of Bees. Set in the percolating days of the Civil Rights Movement, this weepy feel-good sampling of you-go-girl saccharine has some real value. But it can't avoid the sugared-sap clichés that have helped to craft this particular motion picture subgenre.

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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Smokin' Aces Review


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A double-decker, monster-man sandwich of a movie with all the condiments dripping off and the tomatoes soaking through the bread, Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces grabs you by your lipstick-smudged collar and chucks you headfirst into a car-crash dizziness of crime, punishment, and bureau hobgob.As with most directors, Carnahan is eager to put the giddiness of his debut, Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane, on top of the professionalism of 2002's brooding Narc, only too happy to throw in a who's-who of dynamite character actors to add flavor. Flipping scene-to-scene with a racecar driver's patience, Smokin' Aces quickly engages the viewer but just as quickly stuffs the plot with enough peripheral storylines to garner an Advil intermission. Carnahan, however, seems only the merrier to turn the mayhem up to eleven.Here's the scoop: Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) has turned states evidence and has been marked to be deposited in an unmarked grave, heart removed and in the hand of the invalid Don of the Las Vegas mafia. Quicker than you can say Vincent Vega, a plethora of gun-totting, knife-brandishing assassins are descending on the Lake Tahoe hotel where Israel has commandeered the penthouse suite and filled it with enough blow and prostitutes to garner a Motley Crue reunion gig. There's a sexually-ambivalent pair of Jackie Brown's (scene-stealers Alicia Keys and Taraji P. Henson), a trio of Nazi-punk, south-bred Mad Max's (led by dirtied-up pretty-boy Chris Pine), a relentless torture artist (Nestor Carbonell), and a superbly vicious Ethan Hunt-type mask-wearer named Lazlo Soot (Tommy Flanagan). Oh, and not to mention a bail bondsman and two ex-cops (Ben Affleck, Peter Berg, and Martin Henderson) hired by a Herpes-positive lawyer (Justin Bateman).Israel's right-hand man Sir Ivy (hip-hop ingénue Common in a solid acting debut) has suspicions on Buddy's loyalty as the bureau chief (Andy Garcia, his cheeks tight enough to brandish a diamond ring from a lump of coal) deliberates on whether Buddy is essential to the FBI's case or not. To fast-track the proceedings, two FBI agents are sent to pick Israel up, played with welcome integrity by Ray Liotta and Ryan Reynolds. This is all confounded by a paint-by-numbers mystery about the Las Vegas Don's origins and his hand in an FBI agent's death.Not for nothing, Carnahan's big mess has a stunningly concise tone to it, not trashy enough to be campy and not serious enough to be harshly considered. There's no denying, however, that Smokin' Aces is a backpedal from the grimy cop paranoia of its predecessor. Ultimately, many of the characters are superfluous to the kinetic frenzy of the film and come off as cameos (Bateman, Affleck, and a surprise Matthew Fox head the list). This also lends itself to a problem of absurdly curt storylines that seem to mass into a rubber-band ball of narratives. That being said, it's still a kick to watch Carnahan go all in, pulling out some primo action scenes including a climactic shoot-out that ends with an assassin taking a chainsaw up the keister. The effect sprays about as much bodily fluid to the ironically-named Nomad hotel as one could imagine from a Tarantino disciple with time and money on his hands.Aces high.

Smokin' Aces - Clip Trailer


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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Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Date of birth

25th January, 1981

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.68




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