Alicia Keys at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena
May 20, 2013
Here are photos from Alicia's concert in Newcastle, UK on May 19th.
Alicia Keys at The Echo Arena Concert Review
May 19, 2013
Alicia Keys blazed a trail with a world-class performance worthy of a goddess on the first night of her UK tour in Liverpool.
A giant white canvas dominated the stage before bursting into colour, filled with projections of the Brooklyn Bridge with purple, pink and piercing blue lights swirling across the audience to announce the arrival of the Girl On Fire.
Alicia appeared on a raised stage donning a dark fedora encrusted with sparkling diamantes and surrounded by four male backing dancers.As she strode centre stage she exuded grace and elegance with an old money New York look, which fits perfectly with The Great Gatsby style currently riding high in the fashion stakes.
Alicia opened proceedings with one of her fierce breakup songs Karma, which put the gathered throng of mostly female fans at Liverpool Arena, in the mood. She showed her prowess on the black and ivory keys, warming the crowd into sing along mode with her classic You Don't Know My Name. A special treat was a mash-up of the James Bond theme with Woman's Worth, featuring an energetic routine from her male dancers in secret agent style suits. Read the full review on this page and check out pictures in the gallery.
Mercedes S-Class Launch with Alicia Keys in Germany
May 16, 2013
The launch of the new flagship of Mercedes-Benz was as grand as the vehicle itself as it was flown in direct from Stuttgart on an Airbus A300-600 cargo plane of DHL. It was introduced to an audience that can veritably be called the who’s who in the industry, politics and media.
The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra provided the background music as the S-Class carried its first passenger onto the stage - Alicia Keys. Daimler AG CEO and Mercedes-Benz Cars Head Dr. Dieter Zetsche said that the S-Class exemplifies the Mercedes-Benz brand. The company also aspires to provide nothing but the best for its clients in all aspects.
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class represents a modern luxury saloon that sets a new standard for automotive safety equipment. It offers a number of new features that enhance the driving experience of its users. The vehicle also sets the standard in the audio and lighting technology used for a saloon. Its safety and assistance systems are also considered the best in the entire industry.
In addition to Alicia Keys, who performed two songs), internationally-acclaimed stars Lisa Bassenge and Alice Francis also provided the musical accompaniment, backed by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra under conductor Prof. Johannes Schild.
Click on thumbanils to view high quality photos and visit youtube for some vids: here & here.
Alicia Keys BlackBerry Live Performance
May 15, 2013
Here are photos from Blackberry Live Concert in Universal Studios in Florida It wasn't livestreamed as they promised, we can only hope they will share the show online soon.
BET Awards Nominations Announced
May 15, 2013
Alicia Keys has been nominated for the 2013 BET Awards in the Best Femal R&B/Pop category (along with Beyonce, Elle Varner, Rihana, Tamar Braxton).
The ceremony will be hosted by Chris Tucker in Los Angeles on June 30 at 8 p.m. Click here for a complete list of nominees.
BlackBerry Scholars Program Announced by Alicia Keys
May 14, 2013
Alicia Keys, the Global Creative Director, announced the BlackBerry Scholars Program, a four-year scholarship that’ll be available to outstanding female students around the world.
“It’s clear we need to elevate more women to leadership roles,” Keys said.
She pointed out some startling disparities between men and women in the technology industry: Even though more women earn college degrees than men, only 5 percent of women lead startups, 56 percent leave the technology industry after entering it, and women make up only 11 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. While the BlackBerry scholarship won’t immediately fix these systemic problems, it’s an effort to level the playing field a bit.
“The Program is designed to help increase the number of women in the fields of study influencing the future of mobile computing, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and particularly those with an interest and/or aptitude in the mobile computing space.”
“This is more than just a scholarship, this is the beginning of a powerful network of women” Alicia said.
Women who are interested in the program and are entering their first year of study in the 2013-2014 academic year can apply for the program by June 26th.
Find out more on it here.
Alicia Keys Secret Sessions
May 13, 2013
BlackBerry's Keep Moving Secret Sessions with Alicia Keys debuted April 8th in Newark, New Jersey. Alicia played to an intimate group of fans in a special post-show performance. Check out the exclusive coverage of the show by clicking here.
BlackBerry will also be live streaming the Keep Moving Experience performances from the BlackBerry Live party. Alicia Keys, BlackBerry’s Global Creative Director, has a whole night of performances including herself, Alabama Shakes, Miguel, Maria Gadu and Cedric Gervais live at Orlando Studios for the BlackBerry Live party tomorrow. BlackBerry will be streaming the performances starting at 7:30PM EST.
Alicia Keys Attends Reebok’s Live With Fire Event
May 11, 2013
Alicia hit the carpet for her Reebok Live With Fire event in New York to promote her new collaboration with the athletic brand. Her first collection was released in September 2011 and their relationship continues with her brand new Fall/Winter line that’s due out later this year. Keys was joined by a host of sporting stars, including runners Alissa McKaig and Zika Rea, weight lifter Christmas Abbott, athlete and trainer Annie Sakamoto and yoga instructor Tara Stiles. Instead of glamming it up, Alicia opted to show off her sporty style by wearing a monochrome jacket, dark denim, and a pair of sneakers from her own collection.
The Smokey Show: An Intimate Sit-Down With Alicia Keys
May 10, 2013
I’ve had the opportunity to interview a lot of talented people. But there’s something different about Alicia.
Maybe it’s her humility or her warmth, but Alicia’s immense talent doesn’t intimidate. In fact, it does the exact opposite. It engages you, forces you to willingly open yourself.
Alicia was the first to cover my former publication america magazine, and while the talent was undeniable then, neither was her humility. She graced the covers of GIANT magazine, not once, but twice. Each time more tenured and with quite a few awards and No. 1 hits under her belt. But unlike her musical counterparts, the 14-time Grammy award winner didn’t let the success get to her head. She was still humble. Still Alicia.
Now, with the release of her fifth studio album “Girl On Fire” Alicia and I sat down once again after her HelloBeautiful performance at Harlem’s Red Rooster and we talked, just like we did so many times before. We talked about being a new mom, a new wife and of course her new music. For Alicia, it was a brand new day, a brand new beginning.
But through it all, traces of the young girl, rockin’ braids from Hell’s Kitchen were still present. Eager and zealous to express herself in the best musical way possible.
Despite all the growth and worldwide success she was still humble. Still Alicia.
Candids from LA
May 10, 2013
Here are photos of adorable smiling Alicia arrives at LAX airport in Los Angeles.
Alicia Keys Performs on American Idol
May 10, 2013
Alicia performed her new single "Tears Always Win" for the first time. In the backstage interview she confirmed that she just finished shooting music video, which has "some Vegas pieces in it". You could see a picture from the set on her twitter.
Alicia Keys Attend MET Gala
May 8, 2013
Alicia Keys hit the red carpet for the 2013 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday. Mrs Dean looked awesome wearing Jason Wu's black leather halter bodice and garnet-hued sequin skirt. She also added a few crimson highlights to her punk-appropriate bob to fete the evening's theme.
Other celebs to show up included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Solange, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, Madonna, Miguel, Eve, Frank Ocean, Pharrell, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Holmes and Miley Cyrus.
Click on thumbs to view all photos.
May 8, 2013
Tons of pictures have been added into official Alicia's (Set the World on Fire tour) Meet & Greet Flickr page, make sure to check them out! Beautiful faces :)
Alicia Keys, Miguel & More Artists To Perform At BlackBerry Live 2013
May 8, 2013
This years BlackBerry Live 2013 conference is one you do not want to miss as it is going to be a fun action packed event and the place to be next week with artists like Alicia Keys, Miguel, Maria Gadu, Alabama Shakes and Cedric Gervais set to perform.
Besides the performance and Alicia Keys “Keep Moving Experience”, the singer will be hosting her own session at BlackBerry Live, BAB09 - Women in Tech: Redefining Ambition Daily which will be held earlier on Tue, May 14th. For more info on the performances see here.
Alicia Keys to perform on American Idol
May 6, 2013
Alicia will perform on American Idol on Thursday night's episode, during the Top 3 results show. According to some sources she'll sing "Tears Always Win", as the track joins the promotion of “Fire We Make” (urban radio single) and “New Day” (international single) and will be released in the American market as a pop single from May 9.
May 2, 2013
Here are some pictures of Alicia and Swizz taken today at the exhibition of works by the Brooklyn-born painter Jean-Michel Basquiat hosted by Sotheby's S|2 in NYC. For more information about the exhibit visit this page.
Album updated with HQ pictures.
Alicia Keys Drops "New Day" Music Video: Watch Here!
May 1, 2013
Just when we'd finished sweating (and drooling) over Alicia Keys and Maxwell's steamy love affair in their "Fire We Make" video, one week later, Alicia has unveiled a bold and high-energy new video for the Swizz Beatz-produced single "New Day," the latest from 2012's Girl On Fire.
In the Indrani-directed video, Alicia hits the streets of New York City where she saunters in exceptionally high heels, meets up with some dancer/model/graffiti artist pals and spray paints the walls with the lyrics to "New Day."
Just as we're settling into NYC's back alleys, "New Day" cuts to Alicia performing at iTunes Festival (last year in London), where she's straight up nailing her choreography. Is this video as, say, "after-hours appropriate" as "Fire We Make"? Nah, but at least this is one you can safely watch at work without feeling sad you're sleeping alone tonight. Thanks for that, Alicia!
Keys to Perform at Good Morning America's Summer Concert
April 25, 2013
ABC News' "Good Morning America" has announced its sizzling 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup, featuring an exciting and eclectic mix of all the hottest names in music today. Fans of every kind of music will find a favorite performer in "GMA's" summer of electrifying concerts, with music from the worlds of pop, soul, country and hip-hop, plus all the chart-topping, biggest names in music - from mega-stars Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys to Demi Lovato, The Wanted, Selena Gomez, Pitbull and Carly Rae Jepsen and more.
"GMA's Summer Concert Series" kicks off on May 24 with superstar Mariah Carey performing her new single from her upcoming album. This first concert will be a free, ticketed event. While Mariah is the first to perform, Alicia Keys will play as the last, on August 30th.
The Summer Concert Series returns for the fifth year to the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, where music's biggest names will perform live every Friday. All concerts are free to the public and will take place live during GMA Fridays from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. ET.
Alicia Keys & Maxwell - Fire We Make Official Video
April 23, 2013
"With the fire we make; It's getting hotter and hotter
Like a moth to a flame ........ I can't stay away"
Billboard Music Awards Nominations for Alicia
April 23, 2013
Mrs Beatz is nominated for Billboard Music Awards in three categories:
• Top R&B Artist (along with NeYo, Chris Brown, Usher, Rihanna)
• Top R&B Album (for Girl on Fire)
Top R&B Song (for Girl on Fire featuring Nicki Minaj).
BMA will air live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 19th via ABC. At this time Alicia will continue her tour in Europe, doing a show in Newcastle, UK.
Alicia Keys on Bahamas' Beach
April 22, 2013
Sexy songstress Alicia Keys definitely hit a high note when she took to the beach to show off her curves in a pretty string bikini yesterday. The singer, who was in the Bahamas to perform at the Atlantis resort, definitely put on a show as she splashed around in the waves.
Alicia Keys: It's Getting Hotter & Hotter (Teaser Video)
April 22, 2013
Alicia burns up the screen in the sultry clip for “Fire We Make” her duet with Maxwell.
The full video will premiere tomorrow, but you can feel the heat with the teaser below. Woah! :)
Chicago Show: Pictures
April 21, 2013
Here are several pictures from the concert in Bahamas. Now it's time to promote Fire We Make as a new single (Alicia & Maxwell just finished filming the video, which will be online this Tuesday). Next stop - European Set the World on Fire Tour! Starting in UK May 18th.
Chicago Show: Pictures
April 20, 2013
Alicia Keys wrapped up her "Set the World on Fire" North American tour at the United Center.
Mom / R&B singer Alicia Keys walks a virtual tightrope
April 19, 2013
During a run of a couple of weeks in February, it seemed you couldn't turn on a major sporting event without seeing Alicia Keys.
Super Bowl national anthem? Check. And with a complicated, jazzy arrangement, no less.
Halftime at the NBA All-Star game? Yep, there she was sitting at her piano for "Empire State of Mind," then ripping through a medley of hits, including "No One" and "Girl on Fire," the title track of her fifth studio album, released last fall.
And while burying herself in these high-prep, high-stress appearances, Keys was also planning a major international arena tour that stops Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and continues through July.
Her career has been filled with accolades - 14 Grammy Awards and a distinction as the top-selling R&B artist in 2001, the year her 12-million-selling "Songs in A Minor," arrived.
Now the wife and mother was a little frazzled at the idea of touring for the first time with these new responsibilities.
Here's what else the always-and-forever East Coast-er had to say before she went on tour:
You haven't done a major arena tour in a few years, so what are the challenges of bringing your very intimate music into these large venues?
Over the years, I've discovered how to fit into the smallness of it, and I find that even in these big spaces, when it gets to be the simple moment, it's still poignant.
What type of production elements will be in play?
I feel like it's a nice balance. It's always based in the music and on my baby, which is the piano — that centers the whole thing. But I want to enhance the story around it. What I really wanted to do was create an experience that goes beyond the emotional experience you can get musically and also get a visual-emotional experience.
Growing up in New York, did you get to MSG for a lot for concerts? Was there ever anything or anyone that you saw as a kid and thought, "I want to do that one day"?
Seeing Prince at the Garden - that was ridiculously crazy! And being really little and seeing Michael Jackson, though that might have been Nassau Coliseum. Then I remember some of my favorite boy bands, New Edition or New Kids on the Block - that was amazing. I'll never forget this one time I saw Wu Tang Clan. They came on stage and got the whole audience to sing, "Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang," and I thought, "That's gonna be me one of these days."
This is your first tour as a mom. Are you worried about how you'll balance things?
I can't lie. I've been having some moments. Sometimes in life, with working mothers and working people, there are moments where you have a good flow, and then there are moments when you can't see the end of the day. That's kinda where I am right now. Literally, in the morning when my son wakes up, I'll have 30 minutes with him. I might see him before he goes to bed, and it does get to you. Fortunately, my mother and my husband's dad's mom are out with him now. But it's going to be an adventure. I have no idea how it's going to turn out.
Check out pictures from the show at Joe Louis Arena
in Detroit below.
Alicia shares an intimate moment from behind the scenes of her “Set The World on Fire” tour
April 19, 2013
“Here’s a new video where I talk about the past, present, and the future. So blessed I have my fam to share this with.” – Alicia
Alicia Keys: Family Life makes me honest
April 19, 2013
Alicia Keys is more honest about her feelings now she is a wife and mother.
The 'Girl on Fire' hitmaker - who has son Egypt, two, with husband Swizz Beats - says family life has made her more sure of herself and more comfortable than ever on stage.
She said: ''Stepping into motherhood and becoming a wife, I've definitely become more confident. I can express my feelings more honestly. When you're trying to find your way, you hold so much back. Now that wall has gone, I've really stepped into myself. I am able to be more vulnerable and more composed. I just feel calm and comfortable with the shows now.
Alicia married Swizz three years ago, and says it was ''divine'' to realise she had a ''beautiful connection'' with her former school friend.
She added in an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''Strangely enough we've known each other for 12 years - since high school. Years later, realising we had a beautiful connection together was just divine.''
Keys also admits it was her producer spouse who first made her think seriously about having children. She said: ''It's made everything a deeper, fuller experience in every way. I'd thought about it before but it wasn't really on my radar until I met the love of my life.''
Alicia Keys keeps it cool at Verizon Center
April 19, 2013
Even when she sings about the flames of passion, Alicia Keys’s veins pump ice water.
The 32-year-old R&B star was deft and meticulous at the Verizon Center on Sunday night, ruminating on the hottest of human emotions with cool precision. The performance lacked personality and spontaneity, but in her finest moments, Keys’s moderation felt like elegance.
And that’s rare. Pop concerts of this scale are often compromises — singers either sacrifice the actual singing for breath-depleting choreography, or they plant their feet and hope their delivery is gripping enough to keep the upper deck from getting restless.
On Sunday, Keys struck a smart balance of the two. When she wasn’t hammering away behind a piano, she crisscrossed the stage in slow, seductive steps while a team of back-up dancers convulsed in her immediate orbit. With her supporting cast spilling all the sweat, the singer could devote her lungs to the music.
She appeared to need all of the oxygen she could get. Keys has always owed a huge debt to the melodic sensibilities of Prince, but her choruses can pack an explosive charge that approaches the fireworks of the late Whitney Houston.
Keys was at her most forceful during “Fallin’,” the chart-topper that signaled her grand arrival 12 Aprils ago. And while other deep-catalogue hits - “You Don’t Know My Name,” “A Woman’s Worth” - were weighed down by more bloated arrangements, they were enough to remind fans that Keys has kept urban radio in a headlock for more than a decade.
Only now, with radio’s influence waning, Keys has turned to corporate sponsorships, fortifying her media presence through ads for a wireless hand-held device and an international bank. Thankfully, the singer didn’t shout out either of the corporations during her time on stage, which was (strangely, sadly) reason to cheer.
Also worth cheering: the new stuff. Selections from Keys’s most recent album, “Girl on Fire,” were the show’s most subtle and sensual. During “101,” Keys dipped into a raspy lower register that made her sound human, then blasted upward toward the superhuman. And with “Fire We Make,” her quiet-stormy collaboration with Maxwell, she was every bit as smooth as her pre-recorded duet partner. (When Maxwell’s face appeared on a pair of symmetrical video screens, fans howled as if the man had actually stepped into the building.)
A slightly thinner scream greeted “Girl on Fire,” Keys’s latest anthem about a determined daydreamer who’s “got her head in the clouds, and she’s not backing down.” It samples the drums of Billy Squier’s 1980 arena-rocker “The Big Beat” - a boom-boom-crack that’s mapped out the skeletal system of numerous rap songs, including hits from Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z and Dizzee Rascal.
On stage, Keys didn’t fall back on the sample. She sauntered up to a pair of drums and pounded out the rhythm herself, singing at the top of her voice. She didn’t miss a beat, flub a note or break a sweat.
EMPOWERED: a New Campaign From Alicia Keys & Greater Than AIDS to Reach Women on HIV/AIDS
April 15, 2013
Alicia says she wants to spark a global conversation about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The singer met with women who are part of an HIV program at United Medical Center in the nation’s capital Monday to discuss their experiences with the virus, including the fear and stigma associated with the disease. Keys, who has also traveled to Africa and India to meet with women who have HIV, said she felt connected to the women there and here because “they looked like they could be my sister, or they could be my aunt, or they could be my cousin.” And now, she said, she wants to “bridge” the gap between domestic and international conversations about the virus.
Keys is working with the Kaiser Family Foundation for “Empowered”, a campaign launched last month to educate women about HIV and provide grants to community-based projects that will do that. According to Kaiser, one in four of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the US are women. Women of color account for about two-thirds of new HIV infections among women. “Black women are disproportionally affected, making up for the majority of all new infections,” Keys said. “That’s a must-have conversation.”
The campaign includes outreach through public service ads, social media and community programs. It encourages women to learn about HIV & AIDS, talk with family, protect themselves and loved ones, get tested, prevent spreading the disease and stay on treatment.
Keys is also leading the Empowered Community Grants program with Kaiser and AIDS United that will give up to $25,000 grants to community-level projects that focus on women and HIV. “To identify those community-based organizations is a very important part of the puzzle,” Keys said.
Valerie Jarrett, a White House senior advisor who has worked with Keys in the past on women and health issues, said she supports “Empowered” because it is part of President Barack Obama’s vision for comprehensive health. “You really have to have a holistic and comprehensive approach to this and what’s so special about what Alicia is doing now is that it will highlight how every single person can play a role in this,” Jarrett said.
The campaign is scheduled to run for five years and publish a report annually on women’s experiences with HIV and AIDS and examine cultural changes regarding education, misconceptions and the stigma associated with the disease. Keys has been an advocate for lesser served countries for more than a decade. She is co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, which provides AIDS treatment, food and other support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.
Watch the full webcast video on this page and check out pictures in the gallery.
Midnight Session in NJ
April 10, 2013
Here are some pictures from Alicia's special performance in Newark. She tweeted yesterday:
Newark was amazing Monday night!!! ;-) After the show I performed a midnight backstage session for some of my fam, sponsored by BlackBerry.
Alicia Keys foregrounds her talent, and her elegance at Prudential Center
April 10, 2013
The band, which had been going hard, suddenly stopped. Alicia Keys took the song on her back and carried it to the finish line herself.
Seated at her grand piano, she struck fleet arpeggios as she sang the last chorus of "If I Ain’t Got You." The notes tumbled around her, precise and clear, as she tipped her head back and let loose a long, held note. Her perfectly bobbed hair barely budged as she did.
That she is a beautiful singer has been demonstrated many times in the decade since she first hit with the slow soul ballad "Fallin’." Monday night’s show at the Prudential Center in Newark reminded fans of something else: Keys sings better - more soulfully, more passionately - when there is ivory beneath her fingertips.
Read the full review here.
I've added high quality photos taken by Kenny Rodriguez from the show, click on thumbnails.
April 9, 2013
New photos from Set the World On Fire shows (New Jersey, Vancouver), backstages and M&G have been added. Plus a few magazine scans & one awesome pic for Elle magazine.
Alicia Keys: A Voice That Burns With a Controlled Flame
April 7, 2013
On the cover of her latest album, “Girl on Fire”, Alicia Keys stands dressed in black, making a geometric figure with her hands on her hips. She struck a similar pose often when she performed on Friday night at the Barclays Center, in a thoroughly choreographed show with clear, repeated messages: Express yourself, take chances, don’t be held back or held down.
They were watchwords delivered at arena scale, clear and uplifting, vibrantly sung and projected to the farthest seats. Yet Ms. Keys herself was taking few chances. Though she is far more comfortable at the center of a pop spectacle than she once appeared, with improved dance moves and a winning smile, spontaneity isn’t part of the package.
Keys isn’t much different from other hitmakers in treating her shows as video-ready extravaganzas. But with her themes of independence and self-affirmation, and with a voice promising soulful honesty, she can come across as paradoxical, even altruistic. She accepts constraints - hitting her marks, sticking to the script - so listeners might break free of theirs.
Her songs, true to pop custom, stay general and succinct, free of idiosyncratic detail to leave room for everyone to identify. They always have, from her early hit “A Woman’s Worth” to recent songs like “Tears Always Win,” which could have been a vintage Motown sentiment: “These lips are missing you/’Cause these lips ain’t kissing you.” Her voice, pointed and resolute with a tearful edge, makes them sound confessional as they take on finding love and respect, dealing with a broken heart and trying again.
Read the full article on NYTimes.
Alicia Keys Narrate ‘Girl Rising’ Doc
April 6, 2013
"Girl Rising" filmmaker Richard E. Robbins’ film about nine girls in different developing countries who dream of attending school, has been picked up by Regal Cinemas for a week-long engagement in theaters this month.
Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington are among the narrators of the documentary, which will premiere in 150 theaters on April 19 via Regal Entertainment Group.
“Girl Rising” was previously being showcased in cities nationwide via Gathr, a new demand-based theatrical-distribution platform in which fans committed to buying enough movie tickets to secure a screening.
“Regal recognizes the intense interest by American moviegoers demanding that this film be seen in their local communities,” stated Amy Miles, CEO of REG “This movie is making an emotional impact on many of our patrons, me included. The stories from these extraordinary girls in nine different countries are accompanied by narration from an A-list of entertainers.”
Other narrators in the film include Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Chloe Moretz, Liam Neeson, Frieda Pinto and Meryl Streep.
CNN Films plans to air it in Spring 2013. Watch the trailer by visiting youtube.
Alicia Keys: Becoming Limitless
April 6, 2013
A few years ago, I found myself at a crossroads. I had passed that period of being naïve, figuring out how everything worked, and learning how to put it all together. I realized it was time for me to reach out in new directions. I had new ideas and dreams. I didn’t want life to just happen to me - I wanted to be an active participant.
Though people knew me primarily for my music, there were other avenues I wanted to explore. I dreamed of creating an environment – a home, so to speak – for all of my endeavors. My various interests were growing, and I was beginning to discover more opportunities in film, music, television, theatre, the tech world and beyond. I didn’t want to look at all of those possibilities as separate endeavors, but rather as a cohesive package. Additionally, I was heavily involved in philanthropic efforts and wanted that passion to complement all of my creative projects as well. I realized I had a huge palette to draw from and it was important that my projects reflected my hard work.
I knew I needed this “home” to have a purpose. When I was younger, people would approach me to do endorsements and promotions for jeans, perfumes, beauty products… everything you can imagine. But I was hesitant because I knew I didn’t want to just do “things” - I wanted these things to have meaning. As I thought about what I wanted to make of my new “home,” I began to focus on the idea of inspiration and how it could be my guiding force in the world - working solely on things that have the potential to bring light to people and make a real difference.
Read the full Alicia's "Lean In" story on this page.
Alicia Keys at the Bell Centre
April 4, 2013
Here are pictures from the concert in Montreal last night. Click here to read the show review.
A 'Girl On Fire,' A Smoldering Alicia Keys
April 4, 2013
"Girl On Fire" is an apt title for Alicia Keys' latest album. Keys, who performs Saturday, April 6, at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, is white hot these days.
Her album debuted at the top of the Billboard in December and has been smoldering ever since. But that's not surprising since each of Keys albums have scaled the apex of the charts.
"I've just been very fortunate," Keys says, calling from Los Angeles. "What I've written and recorded has gone over well with people and I'm so thankful. You never know what's going to happen when you make something new, particularly when you try and go in a different direction each time. I'm pleased how this one has been received. You never know how the public will react. All I know is that I felt really good when I finished this one."
The powerful album, which is filled with exuberant and dramatic tracks, brims with optimism. It helps that the title cut is an anthemic winner.
"Who knew people would love the song 'Girl on Fire' like they do and the rest of the album as well," Keys says. "I think it has something to do with the positivity that's there throughout the album. There's a lot of negative out there and maybe that's one reason the album stands out. The other big thing about this album is that it shows that I'm comfortable being in my own skin. I'm all about following my own path. I'm evolving and I'm doing what I want to do. I'm not following anybody else. That's something I was never about. I don't follow trends. If I want to do something, I don't look at what peers are doing, I just do it."
What the New York native wanted to do with 'Girl On Fire' was collaborate. There are more than 20-co-composers and nearly a dozen co-producers, who worked on the project. Nicki Minaj and Maxwell lent their vocal skills to the production as well.
Read the full story.
Alicia Keys makes Waterloo pit stop
April 3, 2013
Alicia paid a visit to Waterloo Tuesday in her new capacity as creative director of BlackBerry.
The Grammy Award winning Keys was in the area for a concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Tuesday night. She is currently on a world tour for her new album.
The side trip to Waterloo was kept quiet until Tuesday evening when BlackBerry released a statement confirming her visit.
“At the time of her appointment as Global Creative Director, it was shared that Alicia Keys would be working at BlackBerry from time to time. Alicia was in Waterloo today meeting with a variety of different teams at BlackBerry ahead of her concert in Toronto this evening,” BlackBerry said.
Keys was named creative director at the launch of the new BlackBerry Z10 phone on Jan. 30. In her new capacity, she will work with apps developers, retailers, carriers and the entertainment community "to inspire creative use" of the BlackBerry 10 platform, the company said in a release at the time.
For yesterday's Toronto show reviews visit: The Record,
The Globe and Mail and PostCity. For many beautiful pictures check out the gallery.
Credit goes to gbalogh for these.
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