Alicia Keys burns up the screen in the sultry video for “Fire We Make,” her duet with Maxwell off her album Girl on Fire. The Grammy-winning siren teases with 60 seconds of the Chris Robinson-directed clip, which was shot in New Orleans.
Alicia lays across the floor of her bedroom on a hot day, cooling herself off with ice and a fan as Maxwell sits across the room.
The full video will premiere tomorrow, but you can feel the heat with the teaser below.
Alicia Keys surprised her L.A. fans by bringing out Kendrick Lamar during the fourth stop on her “Set the World on Fire” tour at the Staples Center. The R&B songstress started singing the Janet Jackson-sampled hook from Kendrick’s hit “Poetic Justice” before the Compton rapper emerged in all white to perform the rest of the song.
“Kendrick, come on the stage with me!” said Alicia before handing the mic over to K-Dot, who also performed “Swimming Pools (Drank).”
In honor of her L.A. show, Alicia also debuted a video entitled “Illuminate Me” as part of her “Keep Moving Projects” with BlackBerry.
Alicia Keys burned up the stage last night during the kickoff to her “Set the World on Fire” tour at WaMu Theater in Seattle. The Grammy-winning songstress pulled out all the stops, showcasing her hits with a high-production set that included dancing, lights, and wardrobe changes.
Following Miguel’s opening act, Alicia took the stage to perform new and old material. She banged on the drums during the title track, played the piano for the Emeli Sandé-penned ballad “Not Even the King,” and took it back with her debut single “Fallin’.”
Her husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt also joined her on the first tour stop. The two-year-old had his own play area set up backstage.
The 24-city North American trek makes its way across the U.S. through April 18 before traveling to Europe in May.
Check out some live video and rehearsal footage below.
Alicia Keys delves into the past and opens up about her career, marriage, and motherhood on the season premiere of “Oprah’s Master Class.” The R&B songbird reminisces about meeting her mentor Clive Davis for the first time and falling in love with Swizz Beatz (“He’s just bubbling over with life”), who taught her to be more spontaneous and open to life.
Before she signed with Clive, she did a deal with Columbia Records. The label tempted her with a white baby grand piano. “To me, that white baby grand piano was everything,” said Alicia. “We obviously did not do the deal for only a piano.”
But they did give her a piano, albeit not the same white one, and she still has it to this day.
Oprah also uploaded a clip of Alicia making her national television debut on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2001. Since then, she has gone on to sell more than 35 million records worldwide and win 14 Grammys.
Learn more about the extraordinary life of Alicia Keys when the episode airs Sunday, March 3, at 10/9c on OWN.
Alicia Keys kicks off season 3 of “Oprah’s Master Class.” The 14-time Grammy winner, who has been everywhere from the Inaugural Ball to the NBA All-Star Game in the past month, opens up about her passion for singing, her marriage to Swizz Beatz (“I’ve never met a person like him—ever”), motherhood, and her journey from Hell’s Kitchen to the top.
“Literally I was running from pimps and prostitutes to boom—I was on the ‘Oprah’ show!” said Alicia.
Check out a sneak peek and tune in to the full episode on Sunday, March 3, at 10/9c on OWN.
Emeli Sandé has been winning over fans and critics alike with her acclaimed debut Our Version of Events. During her U.S. tour, Rap-Up TV caught up with the breakout British sensation at her MySpace ChapStick Sessions concert at the Key Club in L.A. The 25-year-old, who is nominated four times at the BRIT Awards, spoke about the transition from the U.K. to the U.S. and writing for superstars like Rihanna and Alicia Keys.
Emeli penned “Half of Me,” which appears on the deluxe edition of Rihanna’s album Unapologetic. “When I heard it, you can really feel that she has connected to the track. I love how she’s interpreted it and made it completely her own,” said Emeli, who met the pop star during a visit to L.A. “She was really sweet, really cool.”
She also ended up writing with Alicia Keys after opening for her at Royal Albert Hall in London. “She’s such a big inspiration,” said Emeli, who co-penned “Brand New Me” and “Not Even the King.” “That was a dream come true. We really connected as people as well as musicians, so it just worked and it doesn’t always work like that.”
The U.K. darling is already plotting her sophomore album and plans to hit the studio after touring in May. “I think about the next record every day. Can’t wait to get back and write again.”
She also shared her love for American rappers including Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Drake. “His lyrics are mind blowing. I really love how he words everything,” she said of the Young Money MC.
Right now, Emeli is basking in her four BRIT nominations. “The hard work this year has paid off and to have that acknowledgement feels wonderful.”