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Hot Shots: Alicia Keys Ditches ‘Makeup Free Movement’ For ‘Allure’ Magazine

Singer Dishes on Beyonce, Solange, & More Behind the Scenes

Looks like ‘Karma’ singer Alicia Keys’ anti-makeup campaign has finally come full circle, if her February spread in ‘Allure’ magazine is anything to judge by.

In what (reportedly) comes as her first editorial wearing makeup since Spring 2016, the songstress took to the fashion mag to dish on everything from president elect Donald Trump to women’s rights, activism, and even played a fun game of “would you rather?” (featuring names such as Beyonce, Solange, Tupac, and more).

Tuck in below to see more photos from the afro-centric shoot and see behind the scenes footage as well:


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Retro Rewind: 10 Albums That “Turn 10” In 2017 #FBF

Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Kanye West, & More Make Our “Faves” List

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Following a year that gifted pop music lovers game and/or career-changing albums like Justin Timberlake‘s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds,’ Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Back To Basics,’ Beyonce‘s ‘BDay,’ Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Back To  Black,’ Ciara‘s ‘The Evolution,’ and Fergie‘s ‘The Dutchess,’ 2007 had some big shoes to fill.

For many of the artists who stood to the challenge (see:  Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jay Z, etc.) the results may not have matched the commercial response of their previous efforts (or collectively those of the big named releases the year prior), but critically the class of 2007 wielded what many consider some of their (if not their) best work(s) to date.

As we kick off 2017, let’s flashback to 2007 to ode 10 game and/or career-changing albums that turned 10 this year.  Your gateway to feeling “old” awaits below:

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2016 Year In Review: Flop of the Pops (Usher, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, More)

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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.  Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Now, we’ll reflect on the collection of albums and singles whose barks were certainly bigger than their bites.  For, considering the hype that preceded them, great expectations were placed on their respective commercial performances.

Sadly, they failed to meet them…

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2007

Alicia Keys Ascends To #1 With Hit Single ‘No One’

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

For this one we’ll press replay on ‘No One’ – the 2007 #1 hit from Grammy-winning songbird Alicia Keys.  The first single from her third studio album, ‘As I Am,’ by late November that year the tune had already helped hoist its parent project to historic heights on the Billboard 200 (best first week sales for any female R&B singer).  However, this week 9 years ago it saw its own ascension to #1 after booting Chris Brown‘s ‘Kiss Kiss’ out of the top spot this week in 2007.  Going on to earn ‘Best R&B Song’ honors at the next year’s Grammys, “No One” entered history books as the most listened to song on U.S. radio in 2008 and, as of time reported, hovers just over the 4x platinum mark.

Tuck in below to find out who joined Keys in the top 25 this week in 2007:

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Watch: Alicia Keys Belts ‘Blended Family’ On ‘The X Factor’

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Alicia Keys brought her ‘HERE’ album campaign to British shores tonight, taking to the stage on ‘The X Factor UK.’

Marking her first UK televised performance of the “era,” the 15-time Grammy winner aimed to make it count with a spirited rendition of ‘Blended Family.’

Watch Alicia belt her heart out after the jump…

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Watch: Alicia Keys’ Paris Mini-Concert

Songbird Soars In Stunning Intimate Show

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After a lengthy spell out of the spotlight, Alicia Keys is using new album ‘HERE’ to remind the masses of her magic.

And she’s doing so on a global scale.

During a recent stop in Paris, the critically praised singer-songwriter wowed in a super-intimate show simply (and aptly) billed as “Alicia In Paris.”

With an audience of 50 watching on, the star shone brightly with a setlist comprised of songs both new and loved. Performed were:

1. She Don’t Really Care
2. Hallelujah
3. You Don’t Know My Name
4. In Common
5. The Gospel

Beaming about the show, Keys told fans today:

I’ve been dying to share this video with you!! One of my most intimate and magical shows.

Catch the entire performance right here…

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Alicia Keys’ New Album ‘Here’ Hits #2

Keys’ 6th Studio Effort Claims Top Spot on ‘R&B Albums’ Chart

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Despite the absence of a hit single to lead it, Alicia Keys’ new album, ‘Here,’ still managed to make an impressive debut on the Billboard 200.

Fending off new offerings from Hip Hop hitmakers Rae Sremmurd, the star-studded ‘Trolls’ soundtrack, Common, and more, the Keys’ project – featuring tunes ‘Blended Family,’ ‘Holy War,’ and ‘In Common’ – debuted at #2 and marks the singer/songwriter’s 7th top 2 debut (five of those entries debuted at #1).

And, while the album’s standing next week will be interesting to see as ‘Here’ also marks her lowest first week sales to date (of a studio album), we’ll celebrate the accomplishment while we can. Tuck in below to see where everyone else landed on this week’s refreshed TGJ Chart Check:

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Alicia Keys Covers ELLE’s Feminism Issue

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Alicia Keys cuts a striking figure a-front of ELLE‘s December 2016 edition, which also dubs as its Feminism issue.

It’s an apt placement for the critically acclaimed songbird, who has been touting female empowerment during her ‘HERE’ album campaign.

Indeed, like on the cover shot here, Keys has opted to sport little to no make-up in a bid to encourage women to love themselves.

Critics seem to not only love the movement but also love the LP it promotes. Its sales, however, haven’t been the most encouraging.

Still, when an act is as respected as Alicia, she’s only ever one right song away from making a splash all over again.

Watch the video for her latest single ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love)’ after the jump…

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The Numbers Are In! Alicia Keys’ ‘HERE’ Sold…

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Despite having a hard-hitting history at retail, Alicia Keys‘ latest album ‘HERE’ launched softly last week.

Indeed, the songbird’s newly released 8th LP has yet to hatch a hit and delivered projected sales that reflected this.

With the final tally counted, what did the ‘In Common’ led record sell in its premiere week?

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New Video: Alicia Keys – ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love) (ft. A$AP Rocky)’

Swizz Beatz & Mashonda Make Cameo Appearances

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Alicia Keys has taken the literal approach to the video for new single ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love).’

Unleashed moments ago, the clip for the A$AP Rocky assisted cut sees the 15-time Grammy winner unite her own unique clan. Indeed, featured is her husband Swizz Beatz, their children (including his from previous relationships), and Mashonda.

The latter is most likely to set tongues wagging, given the much publisized history between the ‘Blackout’ singer, Swizz, and Keys.

Watch below as they collectively celebrate dissolved differences in the second video from the ‘HERE’ album…

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The Predictions Are In! Alicia Keys’ ‘HERE’ Set To Sell…

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After a series of delays, Alicia Keys finally unleashed her sixth album ‘HERE’ yesterday.

It’s been a rocky road for the former chart-force. Indeed, despite routinely rocking the album tally with previous efforts, recent times have seen her struggle to jump start this campaign.

“Lead” single ‘In Common’ failed to chart on the Hot 100 earlier this year and a proper follow-up has yet to materialise; the latter being surprising given that the song has been relegated to an international bonus track on ‘HERE.’

Still, on the merit of her name, Keys has remained in the spotlight – appearing as a coach on ‘The Voice’ and booking a number of promotional spots.

How has all of this impacted the performance of the LP?

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Watch: Alicia Keys Teams With Young M.A. For ‘Fallon’ Performance

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‘Girl on Fire’ Alicia Keys is bringing some serious heat to the promo trail in support of her sixth album, ‘Here’ (in stores now).

After news the project pounced to the top of digital charts, the 15-time Grammy winner is apparently looking to replicate its success on the Billboard 200.

Taking to Fallon Friday night (November 4), the first of many reported televised promo spots, Keys found an unlikely stage companion in rising rapstress Young M.A.  See their hot performance below:

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