It’s On Again – Alicia Keys… Listen now

It’s about time we get new music from Alicia Keys. The star has a track on the official soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “It’s On Again” features Kendrick Lamar and was produced by the legend that is Pharrell Williams.

“Working with such talented artists like Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar and the king of movie scores, Hans Zimmer, was an incredible experience,” Alicia explains. “What I love most about our song ‘It’s On Again’ from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 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!

RELATED: Check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer.

The film releases in South Africa on the 25th of April.

 

John Legend to perform at The Grammys and The Governors Ball

Awards Season officially kicks off this Sunday, as the Golden Globes go live to the world from Los Angeles. You can see all the nominees here, but for the purposes of this post, I will be focusing on some of the performers for the Grammys and the Academy Awards. On February 9, the Grammys will pay tribute to The Beatles and the 50th anniversary since their US debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In celebration of this momentous occasion, organisers announced yesterday that the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will reunite on stage to perform on Grammy night.

Alicia Keys and John Legend will also take to the stage for a special performance and you know that will be incredible. John is going to be a busy man this Awards Season. He will also be performing at the Governors Ball on Oscar Sunday, shortly after the awards ceremony. On selecting Legend to perform Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball said, “John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists. We’re thrilled he will be joining us to celebrate this year’s achievements in film, and for what promises to be a most memorable evening.” That will take place on the 2nd of March.

Other Grammy performers include John Mayer and Keith Urban teaming up together and Maroon 5 will be there too. More on music’s biggest night and the Academy Awards to follow in the next couple of weeks.

The Grammys online:
@TheGRAMMYs on Twitter,
“The GRAMMYs” on Facebook,

Watch P!nk’s new video with Lily Allen

P!nk‘s latest single off her number one selling album, The Truth About Love is out. It’s called True Love and it features the awesomeness that is Lily Allen (Sidebar, I wish she would release some new music. I be loving her long time). Anyway the video for the song dropped this week and it’s really rad. Nice to see P!nk’s little girl in the video too, she’s very cute.

The video was directed  by Sophie Muller, who also has Rihanna’s “Stay”, Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” and Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful videos to her name. It was shot in Munich in mid June. Nice one P!nk.

It’s official – Miguel is heading to Mzansi this March

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It’s official, Miguel is on his way to South Africa. This follows the news and murmurs on social media in recent weeks. Well now it is confirmed. The star will be heading out to Mzansi to “Adorn” fans. He’ll be here on the 1st and 2nd of March at the Standard Bank Arena (kak venue if you ask me). He then moves onto Cape Town on the 3rd of March at the Grand West Arena.

Tickets are priced really well starting at R375.00 and they go up to R600 for you die-hard fans who will be upfront. They go on sale on the 24th, so be sure to get yours.

Full press release below:

RnB star miguel to ‘adorn’ mzansi with his chart topping hits

Trademark in association with TKO Promotions is proud to present singing music sensation Miguel in South Africa.

Chart topping Miguel is on everyone’s lips and on high rotation on music channels and stations, with his hit 2012 hit single Adorn. The 26 year old singer made his debut on the music scene in 2010 with a number 1 Billboard hit ‘Sure Thing’ and has since seen critical acclaim and respect globally for his genre-defying music style.

More recently the star is set to tour with Grammy award winning music powerhouse Alicia Keys.

His tour to South African shores sees him performing in Johannesburg at the Standard Bank Arena on the 1st and 2nd March 2013. Cape Town will get to see him on 3rd March 2013 at The Grand West Casino.

Guests will also be spoiled by a plethora of talented South African musicians alongside the superstar, who will be revealed closer to the time.

“We are very excited to bring this talented musician to South Africa. He is fresh and going far, what better way to celebrate all things possible than to bring him to South Africa?” remarked Trademark founder and drivetime radio host, Tbo Touch.

Guests will be able to enjoy the performance form a choice of general seating, Golden Circle and VIP at all three of the concerts.

Ticket Details:

On sale from 24 January

Available through Computicket: R375- R600

[Video] Watch Brand New Me by Alicia Keys

The new video from Alicia Keys is out. It’s called Brand New Me and it’s taken off her number one album, Girl On Fire. Lovely track, beautiful video and damn Alicia how are them curls? Looking good indeed.

[Video] Alicia Keys releases Girl On Fire video

Alicia Keys has a new video out. It’s for the song Girl On Fire. It’s taken off her forthcoming album with the same name, which is due for release at the end of November.

Now look, I’m a big AK fan. Always have been and always will be, but sadly I just don’t get this video. It’s not what I expected. Plus where’s Nicki Minaj in this video? If I’ve missed something, holler. I’m open-minded that way and I’m not afraid to admit I was wrong, if I was (am),

Listen to Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys has just released the first official single off her forthcoming album, Girl On Fire. The title single was released last night and the star is set to perform it live on the MTV VMAs stage tomorrow evening. On the album the star says, “I have arrived at a place in myself that I am comfortable being exactly who I am in this moment and sharing it with no reservations.”

The single features Nicki Minaj. There are two versions of song. The one above is called the Inferno Version and the one below is the bluelight version. The bluelight version is a stripped down version, which for me is where Keys really shows her unbelievable talent.

I love both versions. I think the inferno version is more suitable for radio playlists, but I’m digging the blue version… what can I say, blue is my colour man 😉 Stripped down, vulnerable Alicia Keys is incredible. Listen to her version of Empire State of Mind, Part II Broken Down to see what I mean. The album is set for release on the 27th of November. I cannot wait!!

Alicia Keys… a “Girl On Fire”!

How good is Alicia Keys looking in the cover for her new album, Girl On Fire? The star is set to release her fifth studio album at the end of November. Her first single off that album, the same title as the album, will be revealed on the 6th of September at this year’s MTV VMA‘s. It hits radio playlists and iTunes on the 4th though. Cue the countdown.

So what’s the album about? “’Girl On Fire’ is about finding your voice, about being unleashed and about trusting your instincts and trusting yourself. I can’t wait to share it with the world,” says Ms. Keys. On this one she has once again worked with longtime song writing partner, Krucial. She has also worked with Babyface, Emili Sandé, Jamie XX and Gary Clarke Jr. Her trademark piano will no doubt be there, but this time she’s expanding her repertoire by exploring heavy drums, some electric and reggae influences. This she attributes to spending time in places like London and Jamaica.

I’ll bring you more on this release when I have the necessary details but you can also check out her online properties:

www.aliciakeys.com

www.facebook.com/aliciakeys

www.twitter.com/aliciakeys

Here’s my jam at the moment, it’s Alicia, 50 and Dre… New Day. Love it!

If you’re not a fan of 50 and Dre, here’s Alicia’s version accompanied by a rad lyric video.

Alicia Keys releases lyric video for New Day

Alicia Keys has a brand new single out. It’s called New Day and while we wait for the official video to drop, the star has released a lyric video, which shows off my best… New York City. I be lovin’! Join in on the conversation on Twitter go with #AKNewDay and for more on Alicia Keys, visit her official website: www.aliciakeys.com

Whitney Houston funeral- Cissy Houston took the world to church today

The late, great Whitney Houston will be laid to rest tomorrow. The funeral service is currently underway in the New Hope Baptist Church in Houston’s home town of Newark.

The late, great Whitney Houston will be laid to rest tomorrow. The funeral service is currently underway in the New Hope Baptist Church in Houston’s home town of Newark. In addition to Whitney’s mother, her daughter, her ex-husband and the rest of her family, stars like Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey and others have arrived to pay tribute to the star. Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder are among some of the names expected to perform, while Houston’s long time friend and mentor Clive Davis will speak. Her co-star in the movie, The Bodyguard Kevin Costner will also address the congregation today. There is one camera in the venue and that will be streamed across the globe today, tonight and for some tomorrow. I’m watching it live on CNN and I’ll be bringing you some of the tweet messages and condolences from the service today. Among the tissues and the tears, we remember and honour one of the greatest voices of our time. RIP Whitney Houston:

@lupingcayisa: The Choir lady leading the Lord is my sheperd has Whitney’s Raves to the T cc @SwaziDlamini @judith_sephuma #Whitneycnn

@MelanieCarmen:  These songs are so moving 😦 R.I.P Whitney Houston.

@ShahanR: A fans tribute…his drawing of Whitney. #WHITNEYFUNERAL lockerz.com/s/184998494

19:44 (local time) Donnie McClurkin is now on stage. The congregation is standing, as he sings “Stand” for Whitney.

19:49: Dionne Warwick says a few short words before introducing Tyler Perry.

“God bless you. The Houston family. I know this grief.” He is telling the congregation of how he met Whitney four years ago and how “candid” she was about her life and just before he would step in to give her some words of encouragement, she would say “But the Lord”. He is talking about her grace and how it carried her home, singing for presidents and more. “Whitney Houston loved the Lord”. “Say whatever you want. God was for her and she is resting singing with the angels.”

19:55: BeBe Winans is now on stage. He’s the first one to breakdown on the stage, he was very close to her. He is telling the congregation of how they practiced in her closet and her room before they went on their tour. The song he is singing is a song he wrote for his brother, who passed away when he was 48 too. The irony. The song is called “I Really Miss You” and he says when she entered the church for his brother’s service “She just waved her hand and said family, family and so family is here today to save us”

@CNNshowbiz  BeBe gets mourners to laugh. In a true celebration of her life, he sings “I Really Miss You” #WhitneyCNN

20:05: Bishop T.D Jakes is now on stage. “You may think death has won, but it is a lie. Love will last forever for God is love”.

@billboard “I realize the dichotomy that the family faces right now… but you shared her w/ the world, & we thank you,” Bishop T.D. Jakes to family.”

Rev. Kim Burrell is now on stage singing “A Change is gonna Come” because Whitney loved this song. “She was born in Newark” words modified for the beautiful Whitney.

20:17 Kevin Costner “Whitney returns home today to the place where it all began. Dry our tears, suspend our sorrow and perhaps our anger just long enough for our sweet miracle of Whitney. Your mother and I have a lot in common and I know many of you of thinking really?” The congregation laughs. “We both grew up in the Baptist church. It wasn’t as big as this. My grandmother played the piano and she lead the choir.” He recalls his time in church, how he was yanked out for passing notes to his friends, drinking the grape juice. Whitney loved those stories. “It was easy for us to laugh. Church was what we knew”. “Whitney if you could hear me now I’d tell you, you weren’t just good enough”.

“Off you go, Whitney, to your heavenly Father. When you sing before Him, don’t you worry you’ll be good enough.”

20:36: Dionne introduces the wonderful Alicia Keys performs. She tells of how “Mima” was her nickname. She is singing Angel, “Can you send an angel to guide me”. This in light of her saying how Whitney inspired her, Brandy and Monica and other younger singers, “She made us feel strong and capable and loved”

20:46: Clive Davis is now on stage. “I cant tell you how moved, touched, inspired I am today. I feel the great spirit in this great church. It’s helping me with my grief and my heavy heart. “You wait for a voice for a lifetime. And when one person embodies it all, well it takes your breath away when I met her in 1983. Whitney said to Davis on the Tuesday before her death, “Clive I’ll be ready by August”, to which he said “Well Whitney I’m going to hold you to it. Everyone in Heaven is waiting and I know you’re going to raise the roof like nobody before”

21:00: Ray Watson, her Brother-In-Law and bodyguard is up on stage speaking. He has been her bodyguard for over 11 years. Aretha Franklin was expected to speak, but she isn’t well today so Ray has replaced her. “We had some good times. She accepted me as her brother although I was her bodyguard. She called me Uncle Ray in her playful time.”

21:09: Stevie Wonder is now ready to perform. “This is such an emotional moment. I wanted to stop and give all prayers to God for allowing me to be in life the same time as Whitney. And Dionne, Cissy and to all the family I want you to know as millions of people have said, not just in this time, but throughout her career, we loved her so much and we wont stop. What you didn’t know is that in my fantasy I had a little crush on Whitney”. He sings “Love’s In Need of Today”.

21:25: Whitney’s manager and Sister-In-Law Pat Houston is up on stage, “Let the redeemers of the Lord say Hallelujah. Even when she was tired or a bit lost, she gave, and gave and then gave some more. When she did not want to do things, she did anyway and we are so much more grateful for it. You were the rock that held her together professionally. Your wisdom of the industry did not go unnoticed. She had more respect for you on one hand. You gave her hope. Thank you for your love over all these years. She loved you. My partner and my sister, Whitney Elizabeth Houston. There are no words to describe how I feel. You stand, I need you and today I stand. Her legacy that she left behind was music but what she left for you was her love for God.”

21:43: R Kelly takes to the podium to sing Whitney’s “I Look to You” off her last album of the same name. What a fitting tribute.

21:46: Dionne Warwick says, “I would like to share a few words with you that I feel are quite appropriate. Don’t greeve for me for now I’m free I’m following the path God made for me. I took his hands when I heard him call. I turn my back and left it all.”

CeCe Winans then follows this by her tribute “Don’t cry for me” to Whitney.

21:55: Ricky Minor Houston’s Music Director is now on stage. “We were going to take the world by storm. It didn’t take me long to realise how much I love Whitney Houston. That face, that smile. That’s not why I loved Whitney Houston.” He said it could’ve been the hair, the outfits, the grace. “Whitney Houston changed my life forever, by entrusting me with her music career. Why? I believe that God sent her. She was my gift and I was hers.”

22:00 Marvin Winans is called up to lead everyone in prayer. He has now called his extended family up onto the stage. He recalls how he met her in Beverly Hills many years ago. The Winans family is about sing Tomorrow. After their brilliant performance, Marvin headed back to the podium where he preached.

The service ends with a “Let The Church Sing Amen”

That was a lovely, heartfelt service, befitting of who the diva, the talent that Whitney Houston is and despite her untimely passing, she will be remembered forever through her music, her life as a daughter, a mother and friend and a legend. Rest In Peace Whitney Houston.

“I Will Always Love You”

If I
Should stay
I would only be in your way
So I’ll go
But I know
I’ll think of you every step of
the way

And I…
Will always
Love you, oohh
Will always
Love you
You
My darling you
Mmm-mm

Bittersweet
Memories
That is all I’m taking with me
So good-bye
Please don’t cry
We both know I’m not what you
You need

And I…
Will always love you
I…
Will always love you
You, ooh

[Instrumental / Sax solo]

I hope
life treats you kind
And I hope
you have all you’ve dreamed of
And I wish you joy
and happiness
But above all this
I wish you love

And I…
Will always love you
I…
Will always love you
[Repeat]

I, I will always love
You….
You
Darling I love you
I’ll always
I’ll always
Love
You..
Oooh
Ooohhh