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Alicia Keys’ ‘Girl On Fire’: Album Review

The title of Alicia Keys‘ fifth album, Girl On Fire (out today, ), could really have gone to her 2001 debut (Songs in A Minor). In fact, Keys’ latest brings to mind her first-ever television appearance — on The Oprah Winfrey Show, no less — and how Keys prefaced her performance of “Fallin’” with a speedy rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s “Für Elise,” proof of her classical training. It also brings to mind how her last words in “Fallin’” — that soft-yet-defiant, “Yeah, what,” was a first sign that Keys also bore a hip-hop edge.

Back then, Keys was a genre-bending newcomer, much like the collaborators she’s enlisted for Girl On Fire, including Jamie xx, Frank Ocean and Emeli Sande. What’s most exciting her latest offering is how Keys isn’t a girl, but rather a still-compelling veteran at age 31, this time veering mostly in the opposite direction of trends. More »

Alicia Keys & Miguel To Tour Together In March

Alicia Keys on Tuesday (November 20) premiered her album Girl On Fire in a Youtube/Google live chat, and during the session she announced she’d be heading on tour with Miguel in the spring. “I think me and Miguel are going on tour together. It’s happening in March,” she said. “Miguel is one of the flyest songwriters. The way you piece ideas and concepts and thoughts, you are really special,” Keys said to him in a Google Hangout.  The two singers collaborated this year on “Where’s The Fun In Forever,” off Miguel’s critically acclaimed album Kaleidoscope Dream.

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Alicia Keys & Maxwell Heat It Up On “Fire We Make”: Listen

Alicia Keys teams up with Maxwell for “Fire We Make,” a steamy little R&B jam from Keys’ forthcoming album Girl On Fire (out November 27) that takes the hot/fire/inferno theme to a new level. The two crooners turn in a pair of simmering verses, with Maxwell’s falsetto absolutely melting everything within range of your speakers, before they link up for some runs at the end. To hammer home the old school R&B vibes, the song finishes with a Prince-like guitar solo. Hear it after the jump. More »

Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys To Perform At Sandy Benefit In New York

A star-studded lineup has been confirmed for The Concert For Sandy Relief on December 12 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, The Who and Jon Bon Jovi are among the performers announced. Proceeds will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund. More »

Alicia Keys’ Complex Cover: See The Cozy, Colorful Shoot

Alicia Keys is certainly helping Complex magazine to kick off 2013 on a good note as the 31-year-old siren covers the magazine’s December/January issue. Photographed by Gavin Bond, the “Girl On Fire” looks cool, calm and collected in her undeniable sexiness as she works her new cropped hairdo while posing in several skin-baring white tops. Below, read as Alicia shares her new state of mind, her favorite song on her upcoming album and just who came up with the idea to name her son Egypt. More »

Alicia Keys On ‘VH1 Storytellers’: Watch The Full Episode

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Alicia Keys‘ episode of VH1 Storytellers aired Monday night (November 12), and the piano-playing siren hopped all around her catalog. She revealed the secrets behind some of her hits, including how Jay-Z made her head back to the studio for a second take to shore up her hook on their iconic collaboration “Empire State Of Mind.”

It was Keys’ first time doing an extended set for television, and she opened up with her familiar hit “No One,” which you can watch up top. She followed that up with the new song “Brand New Me,” which she explained as her “autobiography.” Click through to watch the Girl On Fire track, as well as “Empire State Of Mind, Part 2″ and more. More »

2012 MTV EMAs: Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey And More On The Red Carpet

Last night (November 11) in Frankfurt, Germany our favorite pop stars gathered for the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. But before Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lana Del Rey or PSY could win big (and take the stage) they first had to walk the red carpet. See Taylor (before she donned a top hat like a circus ringmaster) in a dazzling silver gown, LDR’s flowing navy dress, Gwen Stefani in an all-black ensemble, Rita Ora‘s lacy red pantsuit and more. Then, in the comments below, tell us who you think walked away with the unofficial award of Best Dressed of the evening.

Alicia Keys’ “Brand New Me”: Hear The Album Version

Alicia Keys debuted “Brand New Me” back in September at the iTunes Festival. Now she has revealed the album version of the Girl On Fire track, and here the delicate, piano-based ballad’s climax gets an added boost thanks to some understated studio sheen. Co-written by Emeli Sande, “Brand New Me” is the restrained type of pop song that’s becoming harder to find amidst the deluge of hyper-processed vocals and pseudo-dubstep. Stream it after the jump. More »

Election 2012: Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Pink & Others Tweet On Election Day

Election Day is finally here, pop fans, and if you’re 18 and over, it’s time to get out there and hit the polls. If you won’t listen to us on that matter, perhaps you’ll adhere the advice of your favorite artists like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Katy Perry and Pink, who have been tweeting up a red, white and blue storm. Even artists who aren’t from this country are getting into the conversation.

So as we sit and wait to find out whether President Barack Obama is heading into a second term or Governor Mitt Romney will be the 45th Commander In Chief of the United States In America, why not head below and check out our Election Day roundup of musicians’ tweets? More »

Alicia Keys Is Sleek on ‘Billboard’ Cover, Sultry on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Indeed, Alicia Keys is heating up. Keys scored her second Billboard cover story this week, ahead of her fifth album Girl on Fire (out November 27), and in the November 10 issue, Keys and others explain how new voices and experiences informed the new album. “That’s the most personal song Alicia has done. She has a very emotional way of delivering a song,” Peter Edge, RCA CEO, said of opening track “Brand New Me.” “But on this album she has dug deep, become more confessional and personal versus talking in generalities. It’s a very big step in a new direction.”

While Keys’ last album, The Element of Freedom, featured Beyonce and Drake as guest vocalists, Keys has enlisted even more new and new-to-her voices for this record, including Nicki Minaj, Maxwell and Sande, age 25. But last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she simply appeared as a captivating solo performer. Watch the Jimmy Kimmel crowd raise their fists to “Girl on Fire” after the jump. More »