Posts tagged "Maxwell"

OutKast To Headline BET Experience 2014

OutKast has added yet another date to its 40-plus date festival tour: June 28, at this year’s three-day BET Experience in Los Angeles. The Atlanta hip hop duo will headline and perform alongside current chart heavyweights Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky and K. Michelle.

BET Experience, the network’s answer to radio festivals like Hot 97′s Summer Jam, kicks off June 27 with performances by Future and an R&B all-star roster: Maxwell, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Glover. The Roots will perform the following night with “special guests.” while Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Trey Songz will help close the festival. And, in a move that surprisingly hasn’t been done yet, DJ Khaled will host. More »

Alicia Keys Sizzles In Central Park: Watch Her Soulful GMA Performances

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Alicia Serenades Central Park
It’s been a minute since Alicia Keys appeared on our TV screens, so it was a nice treat to be serenaded by the R&B great on GMA this morning. The 32-year-old songstress looked fresh in bright pink pants and a sheer black top (let’s not mention that unfortunate hairstyle) and was in typically fine voice.

Alicia belted out new single “Fire We Make” (above) with duet partner Maxwell in addition to hits “Girl On Fire” and “No One”. She also threw in “Listen To Your Heart” for fans. Watch the all of the diva’s soaring performances after the jump. More »

Alicia Keys & Maxwell’s “Fire We Make” Video: The Singers Are Burning Up

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Firestarter
Yesterday (April 23) we saw the teaser for Alicia Keys‘ steamy music video with Maxwell, “Fire We Make.” For a 30-second clip, it featured a whole lot of sweating and wriggling. Keys has since premiered the full video, and it turns out it’s even more of a tease. For starters, now we know why it’s so dang hot in that bedroom: the video takes place in the ’50s (we think?) in New Orleans, and there was no air conditioning back then, silly! Keys and Maxwell do some acting to set up the story (B&B owner’s daughter fantasizes about one night of hot passion with B&B patron), but the two stars spend most of the tale separated. Many stolen glances ensue. Find out if they start that fire up top.

Alicia Keys & Maxwell’s “Fire We Make” Video: Watch A Steamy Preview

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On Fire, Indeed
After finishing off 2012 with a surge of momentum that carried over into early 2013, things have been relatively quiet for Alicia Keys. In fact, as far as we know, the Girl on Fire is still finishing up the National Anthem at the Superdome. But she’s back now with a preview of the music video for “Fire We Make,” her steamy duet with Maxwell. The full visual is directed by music video veteran Chris Robinson and this snippet features a sweaty Keys rubbing herself with ice and writhing around on the floor. We’re somehow still dealing with winter temperatures here in New York, but this little teaser has us fanning ourselves.

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 & 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 »

Mariah Carey And More Celebrate “Christmas In Washington” (PHOTOS)

Mariah Carey’s already celebrated Christmas in Rockefeller Plaza and tonight she’ll be saying “Merry Christmas To You” on ABC with help from her mom Patricia, but that’s not enough for the “Oh Santa” diva. The mother-to-be also helped deck the halls of our nation’s capitol for the television special “Christmas In Washington“. The Merry Christmas II You songbird was joined by Annie Lennox, recent Idolator interviewee Maxwell, Glee‘s Matthew Morrison and the Obamas at the National Building Museum. Ellen DeGeneres also made an appearance, though it seems she was only there for the chance to feel MiMi’s pregnant belly.

Maxwell Makes Us Get All Misty Over TV’s Early Days In “Fistful Of Tears” Video

We knew from the first time we laid eyes on the exclusive stills from Maxwell’s “Fistful Of Tears” video that he’d gotten it exactly right. Shot in rich 35mm black-and-white, the Phil Andelman-directed video captures Maxwell raw performance skills, as seen during a “live” rendition on an old-school TV stage. As Simon Vozick-Levinson just pointed out at EW‘s Music Mix, “a song this elegant doesn’t need flashy visuals”. (Though the silhouette work at the end is pretty slick). Watch the beautifully shot vid for what may be BLACKsummers’night‘s best track below.
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PHOTOS: FIRST LOOK — Maxwell’s “Fistful Of Tears” Video

Maxwell’s “Fistful Of Tears”, a standout track from his Grammy-winning BLACKsummers’night album, touches on a complex question: how to move on with a romance that has hit the skids. But for the song’s luscious new video, Maxwell and director Phil Andelman focus on something simple — the power of Maxwell’s live performance. The video captures the singer and his band performing in a polished old-school television studio that evokes The Ed Sullivan Show and the grandeur of that era’s soul greats. As you’ll see in our exclusive collection of images from the clip, which premieres on Vevo this Wednesday, Maxwell looks just as stylish in black-and-white. (For your viewing pleasure: more images from the video over at Concrete Loop and Bossip). If you’ve somehow missed the glorious “Fistful Of Tears” before, listen here.)

Maxwell: The Idolator Interview

Maxwell took an eight-year break after releasing 2001’s Now, spending most of the last decade perfecting his ambitious R&B trilogy, beginning with 2009’s BLACKsummers’ night. “These records are the records I’ve always wanted to make in my career and my life,” the 36-year old singer/songwriter told us recently. “It’s interesting that I’m getting to do them at this time in my life.”

So far, patience has paid off—the first release in his trilogy, the album Maxwell refers to simply as Black, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and scored the R&B star the first two Grammys of his career. Awards and accolades aside, he couldn’t be more appreciative of his fans sticking by his side during the years he stayed mostly silent. “If I consistently put records out, maybe I’d be jaded.”

While putting the finishing touches on his upcoming tour with Jill Scott, the sensitive singer revealed a bit more on what to expect on his next two albums, why he prefers going it alone in the studio, and how Radiohead inspires him more than you’d ever imagine. Find out below. More »