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Hot Shots: Alicia Keys Classes It Up In ‘W’

Check out R&B diva Alicia Keys posing it up in the latest issue of ‘W’ magazine.

The soulful songstress is celebrating 10 years since the release of her debut effort ‘Songs In A Minor’. Speaking to the publication about breaking into the business, she said:

“I just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew. We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful. I didn’t want to be all dressed up, all made up—I wanted to be myself, which hadn’t been done before.”

“I was a young girl with very strong ideas but no experience. I just knew that everything else I was doing was wrong—that all the suggestions weren’t what was in my mind, they weren’t what it was meant to be.”

“How terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am? People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began.” {Source}

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Alicia Keys Breaks Silence On “Homewrecker” Claims

“Homewrecker”

Unfortunately for Alicia Keys, this tag has been synonymous with her since she and hitmaker Swizz Beats went public with their relationship. For, according to the producer’s ex-wife, singer Mashonda, Keys is responsible for the break-up of their marriage, after she supposedly pursued  him while he was married.

Now, after lengthy silence, the ‘Karma’ singer has hit back at the claims in the June issue of Essence. Find out what she had to say after the jump…

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Alicia Keys Covers Essence

Alicia Keys serves up classy on the cover of Essence magazine’s June 2011 issue. In her feature, the singer dishes on motherhood, marriage, love and more.

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Hot Shots: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna & More Shine At MET Ball

The stars came out full force last night for the MET Ball at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A who’s who of the entertainment industry, including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Jennifer Hudson celebrated the launch of the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition, which unveiled some the deceased designer’s final designs. McQueen passed away last year.

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Alicia Keys Celebrates 10 Years Of Success; Confirmed To Perform At BET Awards 2011

Time sure flies when you’re at the top. Ask Alicia Keys. Despite her debut seemingly hitting stores just yesterday, it has – in actuality – been 10 years since ‘Songs In A Minor’ catapulted the singer-songwriter to superstardom.

To celebrate this milestone, Keys and her label are releasing a commemorative edition of the LP, which will be supported by an exclusive New York gig, a performance slot at this year’s BET Awards, and more.

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Hot Shot: Alicia Keys Takes Family Stroll In NYC

Now isn’t this the picture of a happy family? Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and their children hit the streets of New York City yesterday. The couple kept a close watch on their new baby, Egypt Daoude Dean, as Swizz’s elder song (Keys’ stepson) looked on Prince Nasir. Swizz’s ex-wife, Mashonda, was not present.

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From The Vault: Alicia Keys – ‘Diary (Live On MTV Unplugged)’

At the time when R&B music was arguably at its peak in the mid-2000s there was no other female artist as consistent as Alicia Keys. This week’s From The Vault selection, ‘Diary’, demonstrates the key (no pun intended) elements of her success during that era – soulful vocals, true musicianship and superb songwriting.

This live version of the track was filmed during Keys’ set on ‘MTV Unplugged’ and released as part of her ‘Unplugged’ on album on October 7th 2005. The collection set records on the Billboard 200 by becoming the 1st ‘Unplugged’ album by a female artist to debut at #1.

Watching this performance is a bittersweet experience. It depicts a time in Keys’ career when she was still relatively new to the industry and her sound was unique as well as quite refreshing. Today, however, her music is far less impressive as she has become rather redundant in her persistent quest to emulate the R&B/Jazz sounds of her idols, Sade, and make it her own.

Perhaps motherhood will inspire Keys to refocus her artistry and strive toward reviving the refreshing elements of her early career. Maybe that will help her to have both successful singles and albums instead of just the latter.

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