Alicia Keys

Apr
8
Video: Alicia Keys f/ Kendrick Lamar & Pharrell Williams – ‘It’s On Again’ [Teaser]

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys unleashes her super powers in the cinematic trailer for “It’s On Again” for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The suspenseful 45-second clip, which was shot in downtown L.A., features appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, and composer Hans Zimmer.

The soundtrack arrives April 22 featuring another song from Pharrell (“Here”), while the film opens in U.S. theaters on May 2.

Get a sneak peek at the coming attraction below.

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Apr
5
Pharrell Celebrates 41st Birthday with SpongeBob-Themed Party

Pharrell

Pharrell Williams is still a kid at heart. The “Happy” hitmaker celebrated his 41st birthday with his closest friends and SpongeBob SquarePants in New York City on Friday night.

On the eve of his “SNL” performance, Pharrell turned Cipriani Wall Street into the underwater city of Bikini Bottom for one night. Wearing a BBC varsity jacket and green version of his Buffalo hat, he hit the yellow carpet with his wife Helen Lasichanh.

His favorite characters from the Nickelodeon show including SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward came out to play, along with his celebrity pals Chanel Iman, Russell Simmons, Angela Simmons, and Mashonda.

Other guests included Swizz Beatz and Pharrell’s “It’s On Again” collaborator Alicia Keys, who was fresh from the DVF Awards.

Guests got down to the funky sounds of Q-Tip, who was the DJ on duty, and the birthday boy received a custom cake in the shape of a Krabby Patty.

He received birthday wishes from his famous friends. “Happy Bday to my brother, @Pharrell!!! Been killing the game forever! And, you still look younger than the rest of us,” tweeted Justin Timberlake, while Tyler, the Creator added, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE NI**A THE PAVED THE WAY AND TO THIS DAY CONTINUES TO INSPIRE ME ON A CRAZY LEVEL.”

In addition to “SNL,” Pharrell will sit down with Oprah Winfrey on OWN’s “Oprah Prime” (formerly “Oprah’s Next Chapter”) on April 13 at 9 p.m.

Check out more pics from the splashy soirée below.

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Mar
31
New Music: Alicia Keys f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘It’s On Again’ [Produced by Pharrell]

It's On Again

Alicia Keys joins forces with Kendrick Lamar on “It’s On Again” for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Produced by Pharrell Williams, the upbeat, yet foreboding number kicks off with a fiery verse from Kendrick before Alicia chimes in with her silky vocals.

“Working with such talented artists like Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and the king of movie scores, Hans Zimmer, was an incredible experience,” said Alicia, who recently shot a video in L.A. “What I love most about our song ‘It’s On Again’ from The Amazing Spider-Man is the message that we all have the potential to be extraordinary. That is something I believe in. We can all be superheroes in our own lives!”

The soundtrack arrives April 22 featuring another song from Pharrell (“Here”), while the film opens in U.S. theaters on May 2.

Listen to Alicia’s blockbuster collaboration below.

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Mar
11
Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, & Pharrell Team Up for ‘Spider-Man 2’ Soundtrack

Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, and Pharrell

Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, and Pharrell Williams are combining their musical superpowers. The all-star trio has collaborated on a song for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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Mar
4
Pharrell Talks Oscars, Alicia Keys’ New Album, & Competing with Rick Ross

Pharrell

Pharrell Williams has every reason to be “Happy.” In less than 24 hours, his second solo album G I R L has topped the iTunes charts in 60 countries. Fresh off his performance at Sunday’s Academy Awards, The Neptunes producer called into Angie Martinez on Hot 97 to discuss his loss at the Oscars, his wife Helen Lasichanh, and his famous Vivienne Westwood Grammy hat, which was purchased by Arby’s for $44,100 on eBay.

In addition to his own music, Pharrell spoke highly of Alicia Keys’ next album. “Alicia’s album is crazy. Harlem is gonna be real proud,” he said of the R&B songstress, who he collaborated with on “Know Who You Are.” “New York is gonna be real proud. She’s getting ready to do something super next level. It supercedes anything that’s out.”

Plus, find out how he feels about releasing his album on the same day as Rick Ross’ Mastermind.

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Feb
14
New Music: Alicia Keys – ‘Zebras and Airplanes’

Zebras and Airplanes

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Alicia Keys serenades her fans with “Zebras and Airplanes,” a previously unreleased song from her Element of Freedom era. The ethereal song, which she recorded five years ago, was inspired by a painting by Chloe Early.

“I had never been overcome to write a song after seeing a painting before, but this one sent me to another place,” wrote Alicia on her website AK Vault. “I felt it! The power, the freedom, the strength to gallop and fly. And I knew right at that moment I would write a song called ‘Zebras and Airplanes’ to describe that kind of love. The whole of you—body and soul—can gallop and fly!”

She also shared a Valentine’s Day wish for her fans. “Love on yourself. Pamper yourself. Cherish yourself. Today and forever,” she said. “I wish you the kind of love that comes from within and spreads all the way out!”

Take a ride with Alicia on her magical journey.

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Feb
10
Alicia Keys and John Legend Cover ‘Let It Be’ at Beatles Grammy Tribute

Alicia Keys and John Legend

Fifty years after the Beatles made their U.S. debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Alicia Keys and John Legend teamed up to honor the Fab Four during last night’s CBS special “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.”

Seated at pianos, the R&B powerhouses put a soulful spin on the band’s 1970 classic “Let It Be,” receiving a standing ovation from the audience including Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

“Tonight I am an honorary Beatle! LOL!” tweeted Alicia, while Legend added, “i think i might have to add ‘let it be’ to the All of Me Tour set list.”

The star-studded tribute also featured performances from Pharrell and Brad Paisley, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and more.

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