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Alicia Keys And Swizz Beatz Officially Move Out Their NYC Condo For The Suburbs

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are packing their bags and moving to New Jersey. The couple are unloading their NYC penthouse to the tune of $15 million, and are moving into a New Jersey mansion formerly owned by Eddie Murphy. The couple’s old place is a 2-floor SoHo apartment with sweeping views of the trendy SoHo neighborhood, as well as floor to ceiling glass windows and a roof terrace. Alicia and her family want to move out of the city and establish a more suburban life. Maybe this means more children too?

– Beth Foster

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Alicia Keys Talks Marriage To Swizz Beatz And Motherhood With Wendy Williams

Alicia Keys recently stopped by Wendy Williams’ daytime talk show to dish on her husband Swizz Beatz and how their son Egypt may have a thing for Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy. According to the “Girl On Fire” singer, Egypt got in a little trouble with Blue’s hip-hop mogul father for kissing her during a visit to the Carter family’s Tribeca home. Check out the entire interview in the video below.

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Alicia Keys Performs During NBA All-Star Halftime Show (Video)

Alicia Keys performed a medley of her songs last night during the NBA All-Star halftime show. Check out her performance (she even dances!!) to see if she redeemed herself from her less-than-stellar performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl.

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Alicia Keys Called ‘Disrespectful’ For Sitting During Her Performance Of The National Anthem At The Super Bowl

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Even after Alicia Keys’ beautiful rendition of the national anthem during Sunday’s Super Bowl, some feel that the “Brand New Me” singer showed signs of disrespect because she did not stand during her performance. Traditionally, everyone stands when the national anthem is being performed, and although she was playing a grand piano, Alicia apparently isn’t exempt.

This is the second critique that Alicia’s Super Bowl performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” has received. She’s also being criticized for drawing out the song for too long.

Nevertheless, Alicia must have done something right because it was just announced that she will be the sole performer for the 62nd NBA All-Star Game halftime show on Sunday, February 17.

– Endeshia Bryan

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Alicia Keys’ National Anthem The Longest In Super Bowl History!

Alicia Key’s rendition of the national anthem at Sunday night’s Super Bowl is being criticized for “being too slow”. Many Twitter users tweeted about the “Girl On Fire” singer’s performance, saying she ruined the “The Star-Spangled Banner” because of its extended length. Alicia’s interpretation is reportedly now the longest national anthem version in Super Bowl history, coming in at 156.4 seconds. That beat Natalie Cole’s 152 second performance in 1994.

Gamblers in Vegas took bets as to how long Alicia’s performance would be. She exceed the expected 130 second bet. Many didn’t like the length, but few could say they weren’t impressed by Alica’s powerful singing and images of soldiers overlaying her playing. Check it out in the video below.

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Celebrities Come Together For 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert

Many survivors of Hurricane Sandy are still dealing with the aftermath of the storm, and some of the industry’s most talented acts came together to raise money for the recovery effort during the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert on Wednesday night. Held at Madison Square Garden and featuring performers like Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, and Kanye West, the concert raised $30 million to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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Alicia Keys Is A ‘Girl On Fire’ (A CherryOnTop Review)

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What can you say about Alicia Keys that hasn’t already been said? This girl is dope…period. She is to her piano as Hercules was to his sword or King David to his harp; it is the instrument in which she lives. Yes, Alicia is the best thing to happen to music since the radio, and on her latest album Girl on Fire, she burns brighter than ever.

This album is to Alicia Keys as Requiem was to Mozart; a beautiful and showy display of one’s ability, and this is apparent from the start. The beautiful piano intro “De Novo Adagio” flows into the first song of the album “Brand New Me”, which could arguably be one of the best tracks on this masterpiece. This is certainly a brand new free for Alicia; a freedom that allows her to express her classical training unrestrained. “When It’s All Over” is soul redefined on jazz terms. It’s as if Miles Davis met The Neptunes, and takes us easily into the next song “Listen To Your Heart”, which is totally Neptunes inspired. It’s easy as it is melodic. Certainly a dope track. “New Day” is a more hip-hop inspired track. It is throwback in all the right ways. Alicia is brilliant vocally and composition wise. “Girl On Fire” is definitely the more pop track, not just because it features the reigning “Princess of Hip-Pop” Nicki Minaj, but because it is an anthem. This is Katniss Everdeen’s anthem. This is the song I want my little sister to love.

Then we come to “The Fire We Make”, which is sex on a track (and with Maxwell lending his vocals, how could it not be). The song is deep soul meets sexy R&B. It’s definitely a winner. “Tears Always Win” is a terrific song. It is not only composed with the spirit of Motown, but is performed with its spirit too. Alicia sounds great and the overall theme is powerful. “Not Even The King” is my favorite song on the album, and possibly my favorite song of the year. This beautiful ballad is why any musician does what he or she does; to display their talent. The lyrics are gorgeous, the performance is flawless, and the idea is grand. This is Alicia at her best.

This album is a ten. It is too brilliant to be anything less. We mock those who are talentless but still very popular, so let’s applaud those with talent and who deserve to be just as popular. This is Alicia Keys. And this is a girl on fire.

Digo RockZtar
Twitter: @digorockztar

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Alicia Keys Sits Down With ABC’s ‘Nightline’

Alicia Keys recently sat down for an interview with Cynthia McFadden for ABC’s Nightline and dished on her hubby Swizz Beatz, “Girl On Fire”, plus took viewers on a visit of her old neighborhood in Harlem.

Check it out below:

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Alicia Keys Talks Homewrecker Rumors

Alicia Keys is still defending herself against rumors that she began dating her current husband Swizz Beatz while he was still married to his first wife, Mashonda Tifrere. The “Girl On Fire” singer has taken a lot of heat since many people blame her for Swizz split with Mashonda, including Mashonda herself.

Although Alicia remained mum on the rumors at the start of her relationship with the hip-hop super producer, she’s now defending herself in interviews, including in a recent interview with the new issue of JET. She told the mag of the allegations that she’s a homewrecker:

“…[They] were apart for some time before we ever got together…that doesn’t matter to those who take pleasure in trying to knock others down…there’s no need to fight what’s not true…”

Adding she and Swizz “live in each other’s shadow” (we think that one went right over our heads because we don’t know what the hell that means), Alicia said of their marriage:

“I’d never met a person where I could be fully myself…Swizz and I live in each other’s shadow. So we can occupy the same space and there is nothing but equality. There’s something really powerful about that.”

We can’t say with certainty that Alicia broke up Swizz’s marriage with Mashonda, but what we do know is that she and Swizz have been married for over two years now and have an adorable son together. At this point, talking about this situation is like beating a dead horse.

You can read the rest of Alicia’s interview when the new issue of JET hits newsstands on Monday, November 19th.

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Alicia Keys Talks Recording “Empire State of Mind” For VH1 ‘Storytellers’

Alicia Keys recorded her episode of VH1 Storytellers last night in the Big Apple at Metropolis Studios, and revealed how her hit song with Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind,” was created. According to TheYBF, the singer had originally recorded her verses after Jay told her he had a song he wanted her to be a part of. However, she was congested at the time, and wasn’t on her A game. Jay asked her to re-record her part, so she brought it twice as hard the second time around and a hit was born. Keys apparently “felt some kind of way” after she was asked to redo her part, but I’m sure everyone can agree that the second time was a charm – she sings her heart out on the track.

Alicia also gives the scoop on what it was like working with Kanye West and John Legend before they blew up and shares heartwarming stories about her son, Egypt.

Catch her episode of Storytellers when it airs Monday, November 12 at 11pm on VH1.

Jade Letlow

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Alicia Keys Covers VIBE’s 2nd Annual Global Issue

Alicia Keys looks retro fierce on the cover of VIBE magazine’s 2nd Annual Global Issue (April/May 2012). The R&B diva’s hubby, Swizz Beatz, joined her for her interview with the mag, during which the duo dished on the moment they knew they were soul mates:

“’It was the craziest thing,’ says Dean [Swizz’s real last name], leaning forward in his chair. ‘We had a work lunch with some people, and I get home and look in the back pocket—’

‘My credit card was in his pocket,’ Keys finishes the story, eyes wide. ‘Why was my credit card in his pocket?’”

Well the toothless guy that pumped our gas at the Getty gas station on Westchester Avenue in the Bronx ended up with our credit card one day last month when we stopped to fill up our tank, but we’ll be damn if he’s our soul mate!!! Check out Alicia’s VIBE cover below:

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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards Red Carpet Fashion Revisited

Last night, the stars of the music world took over the red carpet at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Rihanna looked very elegant in a black gown with a low plunging neckline that she helped design with Giorgio Armani. Her look was inspired by the character played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface. Nicki Minaj had a huge high-fashion meets costume moment in a Versace red hood embellished with the labels signature Medusa head. She was escorted by a man dressed as a bishop. Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie turned up the heat in a lace see-through number over black panties and bra. Host LL Cool J represented the hip-hop community well in a velvet tuxedo and newsboy cap.

Jessie J channeled the disco era in a mirror appliqué gown by Julien Macdonald. Amber Rose in Versace and Wiz Khalifa in Dolce & Gabbana took the award for best dressed couple. Lifetime Achievement Award winner Diana Ross showed us how the legends do it in a classy pantsuit with sparkly cuffs. The ultra glamourous Adele, who took home six Grammys, dazzled in a sequined Armani gown with three-quarter sleeves and Harry Winston jewelry. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats looked very sophisticated – she wore a Alexandre Vauthier Couture fitted dress while Swizz pushed the envelop in a purple velvet blazer and matching bow tie. Taraji P. Henson looked stunning in a pink and leopard print halter gown by Basler. Paris Hilton looked very chic in a white and gold Basil Soda gown.

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Alicia Keys Is Mrs. DJ AK 47

During a recent party at New York City’s Yotel hotel, Alicia Keys unveiled her alter-ego and did her thing on the turntables as “Mrs. DJ AK 47”. Alicia’s hubby, Swizz Beatz, stepped aside and let the R&B songstress rock the crowd with a combination of hits by Busta Rhymes, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth and Gang Starr. Apparently, Alicia is taking her new career as a DJ very seriously, as she announced via Twitter that she is dropping a mixtape soon!

Check out Mrs. DJ AK 47 in action in the video below:

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Swizz Beatz Alleged Other Woman Speaks

After releasing a statement to Bossip about her alleged relationship with Swizz Beatz, the woman at the center of the hip-hop super producer’s latest cheating scandal, singer/songwriter Christina Elizabeth, is making the radio rounds to tell her story (no surprise there). The 23-year-old recently stopped by the ‘Madd Hatta Morning Show‘ to dish on the particulars of the scandal. Check out some of the highlights:

So there was some sexting that took place between you and he since he’s been married to Alicia Keys?

Yes, this is correct.

Did you send him nude photos of yourself?

They weren’t all the way nude I can say.

What would partial nude be?

My backside and that was it.

Swizz Beatz is probably going to say this is not true.

Yes, of course, my reason for saying that is because he’s in a position where he has a lot to lose and I can understand that. You’re in front of a million people and you already messed up one time and you marry this gorgeous woman that everybody loves [and] then you do it again.

What made you want to go ahead and tell your part of the story?

Well, it’s because it’s the second time this happened. I tried to explain this to my family. The only reason I said something is because it’s super embarrassing. People know me. If people are constantly calling you something and telling you, ‘you’re this, that and the other,’ you’re going to want to say “Okay, listen you can’t make me out to be this person because this not what happened. You don’t know the full story.” So after a while, I was like “I can’t take it anymore.”

Your response to those who call you a ‘home wrecker’ is…

That’s your opinion.

Did you want an ongoing relationship with him or just thought he was a cool person to hang out with because you were very clear he was a cool cat.

He is. He’s a very nice person. I can say that we’ve been friends before all of this and then this happened; it was on and off. I’ve been in relationships where I still communicated with him. There was nothing sexual going on between him and I when I was in a relationship and even recently it wasn’t sexual. I mean it could’ve gotten to the point but everything happens for a reason.

Just in case you haven’t been following this story, Christina also claims to have carried on an affair with Swizz back when he was married to his first wife Mashonda. She’s right about one thing…everything does happen for a reason, but there’s no reason why any woman should be sleeping with, or sending partially nude pictures of themselves to, someone else’s husband!

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Cherry Juice: Is Swizz Beatz Having An Affair?!?

Allegedly, Swizz Beatz has been involved in a relationship with one of Solange’s friends, Christina Elizabeth. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter recently lost her Blackberry, which was filled with messages and sexy photo exchanges between the two. Reportedly, the Blackberry conversations with the famous producer have been leaked.

According to insiders, Christina Elizabeth and Swizz Beatz met at a birthday party for Solange back in 2007, and the two have been in contact with one another ever since. The duo were even calling each other ‘brother and sister!’ Unbelievable!

According to HelloBeautiful.com, “After telling Christina that he can’t meet up one weekend because he had to attend the MTV VMAs – which happened two weeks ago – Swizz asked her to send a naked picture. Upon opening the image, Swizz wrote to her: ‘I want to f**k the s**t of you asap make it happen wow!’”

Wow indeed! The Swizz and Alicia really appeared to be going strong after all the drama surrounding their marriage last year. The question is, what does Mashonda think about all of this?

Tasia Prince

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