Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys gets dirty    ·    September 26th, 2008

BACKSTAGE at any concert is always a high-pressure environment.

At Alicia Keys’ performance at Nimes, in the south of France, a whole world of catering, crew and costumes intersect with the clock ticking down to stage time.

In a not-so-glamorous portable container, Keys is in glamour mode.

Her make-up artist has just left and Keys is finishing the job herself.

“I do my own make-up at festivals,” Keys admits, juggling eyeliner. “You’d be surprised how much this all costs.”

Her As I Am world tour is the biggest live production she has undertaken – in arenas and at festivals including Australia’s A Day On The Green winery circuit.

It is a touring luxury you can indulge when you’re an artist who still sells copious quantities of albums; As I Am debuted at No.1 in the US with nearly 750,000 first-week sales.

The Nimes show is stripped down by her standards, but still includes a revolving piano and a huge band who bring Keys’ three hit albums to life.

With Keys, a musician who happens to be a pop star, there’s plenty of freedom – her Prince cover How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore runs for nearly 20 minutes with each band member getting the obligatory introduction and solo.

Success has seen her move from Prince fan to Prince friend.

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Movies Online Interview    ·    September 26th, 2008

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MoviesOnline had the pleasure of sitting down with Alicia Keys at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about her new movie, “The Secret Life of Bees,” written for the screen and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood based upon the award-winning novel by Sue Monk Kidd. The film also stars Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, and Sophie Okonedo, a powerhouse ensemble of women from the world of music and film.“The Secret Life of Bees” is the touching story about the need for love, sisterhood and redemption that explores the undeniable desire for a sense of belonging and the often daunting journeys that we must navigate to achieve it. Set in South Carolina, the home of the intelligent and independent honeymaking Boatwright sisters (Latifah, Keys and Okonedo) is suddenly thrust into upheaval with the arrival of fourteen-year-old Lily Owens (Fanning) and her caretaker Rosaleen (Hudson). Surrounded by the unexpected comforts, grace and deep rooted spirituality Lily encounters in the Boatwright home, she soon forms a maternal bond with each of these women whose unique and special gifts help reconcile the loss of her mother. Through the strength and female empowerment that embodies the Boatwright sisters, Lily ultimately comes to the realization that sometimes you must leave home in order to find it.

ALICIA KEYS: Good afternoon!

MoviesOnline: How did you get the part? What scene did you audition to show you could pull it off? Click here to read more.

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Listen to Another Way To Die    ·    September 18th, 2008

You can listen to the world premier of Another Way To Die, the new James Bond theme song for Quantum Of Solace, performed by Alicia Keys and Jack White. Another Way To Die had its world premiere on the Jo Whiley show on Radio 1.

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Another Way To Die | James Bond Theme Song    ·    September 15th, 2008

Alicia Keys and White Stripes frontman Jack White have recorded a duet together called “Another Way to Die” for the next Bond film Quantum of Solace, which is due for release 29 October.

White has said he had been wanting to collaborate with the award-winning R&B star for “a couple of years”. White also said: “Alicia put some electric energy into her breath that cemented itself into the magnetic tape. Very inspiring to watch.

He said the the collaboration “gave me a new voice, and I wasn’t myself any more”. “I drummed for her voice and she mimicked the guitar tones, then we joined our voices and screamed and moaned about these characters in the film and their isolation, having no-one to trust, not even themselves. Maybe we became them for a few minutes.”

White has said to be disappointed that an instrumental version of Another Way To Die, from new Bond film Quantum of Solace, is featured in a 007-themed advert for the Coke Zero drink. As they created the sony together for the film and no Coca Cola.

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Alicia to become the face of Vitamin water for $25 Million    ·    May 16th, 2008

Alicia has according to reports landed a $25 million deal with U.S. drinks firm Glaceau to front a new campaign for its VitaminWater line.

Alicia will become the new face of the beverage company’s health-conscious products, following in the footsteps of rapper 50 Cent, who pocketed $400 million from his deal with the company in 2007.



50 Cent doesn’t like Alicia anymore    ·    April 21st, 2008

50 Cent has hit back at Alicia for criticizing gangsta rap - insisting her comments were “not really bright”.

Keys courted controversy by voicing her opinions on the hip-hop subgenre, telling U.S. magazine Blender, “Gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other.”

And her comments have enraged rapper 50 Cent - real name Curtis Jackson - whose music is said to fall into the gangsta rap category.
He tells, “I don’t like people who don’t like me … that statement changes my perception of Alicia Keys totally. It’s just not really a bright comment …”
Keys has since retracted the statement, insisting her words were taken out of context.


Inside the As I Am tour    ·    April 19th, 2008

Entertainment Weekly called Alicia, on the set of her new music video “Teenage Love Affair,” to talk about the U.S. leg of her tour, which kicks off tonight in Hampton, Va. Click here to read the interview.


AK calls radio to clarify conspiracy theorist comments    ·    April 16th, 2008

Alicia Keys, Blender Shoot

Despite Blender magazine publishing quotes from Alicia making her sound like a conspiracy theorist, Alicia says she absolutely is not one and called up 2 radio shows to clear things up. Alicia called up Ryan Seacrest on KISSFM (click here for audio clip) and wants people to know that:

- She’s a very positive person.
- Her only aim is to uplift people and spread love.
- She’s not a conspiracy theorist.
- The government didn’t create gangsta rap, just the term. And, she thinks they could have done more at the time to do something about the problems the rappers were talking about.
- She doesn’t know who killed Biggie and 2pac, but she thinks the media sensationalized their deaths and their rivalry.

Alicia also called a second radio station and she spoke to them for quite a while and made it very clear how she feels. Click here to listen to the interview.


Alicia says she’s discovering her sexual side    ·    April 13th, 2008

Alicia Keys, 28, tells Blender magazine that she’s hit the studio and has recorded her “most sexual song yet.

“I’m discovering my sexual side,” she says. “I recorded this song … it’s so sensual, it moves you.”

So sensual, her manager even told her, “We do not record songs like this!”

Dubbing herself “the best wall builder that ever lived,” Keys also opened up about a breakdown she had following her fast rise to fame.



Alicia does Blender    ·    April 13th, 2008

Alicia Keys, Blender Magazine

Alicia graces the new issue of Blender magazine, and in the magazine she reveals her conspiracy theories regarding ‘Gangsta rap,’ and the Black Panthers.

“‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other,” Alicia says. “‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”

The 27-year old, who wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck to “symbolize strength, power and killing ‘em dead,” also has a few theories about the bi-coastal feud between slain rap legends Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., saying she believes it was fueled by “the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.”



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