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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alicia Keys attended the Knicks vs Heat game at Madison Square Garden in New York City last evening. Also in attendance were the singer’s husband, Swizz Beatz, and fellow hitmaker Kanye West. See more images below: