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Alicia Keys Debuts Amazing Spider-Man 2 Music Video

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At first listen, I thought “It’s On Again” was a delightful neo-soul retro-tinged track. I was expecting to love it more after numerous listens. Surprisingly, it hasn’t. In fact, I’d the say the opposite is occurring. Given the talent behind “It’s On Again,” I thought for sure it’d be my next obsession. Perhaps expectations were too high. At least the accompanying visual is an entertaining watch.

Alicia Keys is joined by Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams. Lamar kicks things off rapping his verses into a walkie talkie while Pharrell, who produced the track, oversees all the action in a control room. Since he’s practically running things lately, it’s fitting Williams is where he is. It finishes with all three meeting up on the street with the video director and an orchestra. Random. Naturally, footage from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 are spliced in. Check out the visual below.

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Alicia Keys Brings It On Again For Spider-Man 2

In: Donovan, Movies, Music
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Alicia Keys last lent her vocals for 12 Years A Slave. The 33-year-old signs up for another movie soundtrack, but substantially lightens things up this time around.

Keys teams up with Kendrick Lamar for the first time with a Pharrell Williams-produced track. Kendrick kicks things off with a surprisingly rock-tinged beat before Alicia slides in with a trendy neo-soul retro disco beat. It’s nothing groundbreaking but a delightful treat.

It’s On Again” hits iTunes on April 1 with the entire soundtrack available for download on April 22. Give their The Amazing Spider-Man 2 collaboration a spin below.

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To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Alicia Keys shared a previously unreleased track on her official website, The Vault. The empowering track, fittingly titled “Power,” features Keys singing about finding her inner strength. She reveals its from her As I Am era back in 2007 and one of her favorite tracks she’s never shared. Check out the victorious anthem below.

“This is one of my favorite unreleased songs. I was looking for my power. This song says it all. All of these pics inspire me! They represent the power of being yourself and finding yourself! Shine on!” – Alicia Keys

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Not to quote one of her songs but this girl is on fire. There is no other way to describe it. Alicia Keys‘ contribution to the 12 Years A Slave soundtrack is a soulful masterpiece. The 32-year-old singer chose traditional instruments from the pre-Civil war era to accompany her trusty piano. The result is a powerful emotional ballad about a queen of the field who was born among the cotton.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you definitely have to. It’s deserving of all the Oscar buzz it’s generating. Perhaps it might even snag Alicia one as well for her beautiful track. Along with Keys, Alabama Shakes and Chris Cornell appear on the John Legend-curated album. Listen to “Queen of the Field (Patsey’s Song)” below.

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American Idol alums Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks, along with Anthony Mackie headline The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, but the gritty film is all about its young two newcomers. Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) are left to fend for themselves when their prostitute drug-addicted mom heads to the slammer. The boys received the strongest praise and response when the George Tillman, Jr-directed flick premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

The film also features new music by Alicia Keys. It will be in theaters in limited release starting October 11. Seeing Hudson all tatted up is definitely a far cry from her Dreamgirls days. Check out the trailer below.

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She may be in Europe currently on her Set The World On Fire tour, but Alicia Keys is all Vegas in her latest clip. Her fifth in fact from her platinum-selling album, Girl On Fire. The 33-year-old is really milking the album for what it’s worth. I’m glad Keys decided to film a video for this powerful ballad. “Tears Always Win” was produced by Jeff Bhasker and written by the man with the Midas touch, Bruno Mars. It definitely deserves a bit of chart success.

Alicia plays double duty in the visual directed by Robert Hales. She works hard for her money as a glamorous Las Vegas showgirl and lounge nightclub singer. Keys is a natural beauty who doesn’t need much in terms of glitz and glamor but I have to say, the feathers, fishnets and extravagant headdresses really suits her. Check out her latest clip below. It’s one of my favorites from this era along with her duet with Maxwell.

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Before we get to the results, a shocking development. I honestly thought Randy Jackson was the cockroach you couldn’t get rid of. Turns out I was wrong. The last original American Idol judge standing announced via E! News that he’s leaving the FOX talent show.

“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” Randy told E! News. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”

With him officially going, plus rumors that FOX isn’t exercising any of the second year options on Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey, the network has a lot of hiring to do. To boot, there’s also speculation that Nigel Lythgoe isn’t being asked back. Season 13 could either be the end of the veteran singing competition or the dawning of a new era. It all depends on what direction production goes with casting.

Apologies for not recapping Wednesday’s performance show. I was at a restaurant opening and too tired to watch the show when I got home. When I finished watching it, I felt it was ridiculous to post it so late. Instead, I’m going to quickly give my thoughts on last night’s performances. I agree with Jimmy Iovine that Angie won Round 1, but I have to disagree with him and put Candice on top during the second round and again for the last round. If she goes home tonight, it’ll be a huge travesty.

I wholly believe Kree is going home. Though I think it’s time for Harrison to go, she was sabotaged big time last night. All three song choices picked for her didn’t allow her to shine. I can’t believe production is so evil to not let the contestants pick at least one song of their own. To have no power at this stage of the game is completely ridiculous. Without further ado, let’s get to the results.

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Alicia Keys & Maxwell Make Fire In New Music Video

In: Donovan, Music

When I heard Alicia Keys recorded a duet with Maxwell, I could barely contain my excitement. For me, Maxwell’s voice is pure butter and melts me every single time. Love his unplugged album from years back. As expected, their vocals complement and meld perfectly with each other. I’m ecstatic they actually filmed a music video for it. Didn’t think she’d pick this as the third single off her latest effort.

Sizzling doesn’t even begin to describe the video. Set in New Orleans, the Chris Robinson-directed clip perfectly captures the sensual vibe of “Fire We Make.” With the warm lighting and intimate camera angles, Keys and Maxwell’s lustful yearning hit scorching levels. Even with a bowl of ice cubes and blowing fan, Alicia can’t seem to cool herself down. Check out their steamy duet below. This is some serious baby-making music if I ever heard it.

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