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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

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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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Elle Magazine’s 2013 Women In Music

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A few days ago, I shared Elle magazine’s 2013 Women In Music issue featuring Adele on the cover. In addition to her, this year the fashion publication honors 12 of the record industry’s top singing sensations. Five of them have uncovered, but you’ll have to pick up the May 2013 issue to find out the other seven. The ones revealed include Alicia Keys (above) and HAIM– a sister trio which Nic recently featured. Check out the others featured in the issue below.

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Listen To Every Song From Glee’s Diva Episode

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If Thursday’s Glee episode is anything like that wicked Beyonce-Off Ryan Murphy leaked last week, it’s going to be beyond divalicious. With covers of Madonna, Alicia Keys, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner and Beyonce on deck, the episode is appropriately titled, “Diva.” I can’t wait. Personally, I think the fourth season of the FOX musical is its best one since the first season. I like the mix of the old and new crew, plus the musical performances have been on point.

In addition to the cast battling it out to be top Diva, the episode finds Santana (Naya Rivera) returning back to Lima to sing three numbers. When she finds out that Brittany (Heather Morris) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) are now dating, she decides to cause problems for the new couple. She even challenges Sam on a sing-off on Barbra Streisand’s “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine.”

Check out that duet below along with all the performances for Glee‘s upcoming episode. Once again, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) gets another solo. Miss Tina Cohen-Chang has certainly been blessed with more vocal responsibility this season. I wonder what she did to get in the producers’ good graces.

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Alicia Keys Debuts Japanese ‘Girl On Fire’ Video

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The 32-year-old singer just premiered a brand new international video version of her latest hit. This one is specifically targeted to her Japanese fans. In case you were keeping count, this is Alicia Keys’ third music clip for “Girl On Fire.” There’s the regular version and one featuring a brunette Nicki Minaj.

The new clip was directed by photographer Mika Ninagawa. If you Google her work, you’ll definitely notice she has a certain style and most noticeably… a thing for flowers. Using a vibrant floral wall as a backdrop, she directs Alicia in a room filled with multicolored light changes. Given the amount of bloom, Keys might want to rename the track to “Flower on Fire.” One particular flower singes to its fiery death. Insert sad face :(

Don’t forget, Alicia Keys is performing at this week’s Super Bowl. Even though Beyonce and the rumored Destiny’s Child reunion have been dominating all the headlines, Keys will kick things off by singing the Star-Spangled Banner. I’m sure she’s going to slay her lip synch at the event ;) Check out Keys’ Japanese clip below. You’ll definitely appreciate all the slick imagery.

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