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.

Winners at the 2012 BET Awards

And just like that, the BET Awards are done for another year. If you don’t have Top TV in SA you were like me in that we couldn’t watch the show sadly. I’m hearing that Cissy Houston‘s tribute to the late Whitney Houston was incredibly moving and fantastic. I also hear that Mariah’s performance was on point. Anyone reading this who did manage to catch the awards, please enlighten those of us in the dark.

What I can do is provide a list of the winners for this year:

Best Group – The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Best Actor – Kevin Hart

Best New Artist – Big Sean

Best Male R&B Artist – Chris Brown

Best Female R&B Artist – Beyoncé Knowles

Best Collaboration – Wale ft. Miguel

Best Gospel Artist – Yolanda Adams

Sportsman of the YearKevin Durant

Sportswoman of the Year – Serena Williams

Best Female Hip Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj

Lifetime Achievement Award – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Video of the Year – Otis by Kanye West & Jay-Z

Centric Award – Common

Best International Act: Africa: Wizkid (Nigeria) and Sarkodi (Ghana)

Best International Act: UK: Emeli Sandé

2012 Brit Awards – winners list

The Brit Awards took place in London town last night and once again the lovely Adele took home top honours (Best Female Solo Artist and Best Album). Rihanna scooped an award, as did Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Lana Del Rey. Sadly there wont be a broadcast in South Africa of the awards, which is such a pity. Alas, here is a list of winners below:

Best Male Solo Artist:

Ed Sheeran

Best Female Solo Artist:

Adele

Best Breakthrough Artist:

Ed Sheeran

British Group:

Coldplay

British Single:

One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

Mastercard Album of the Year:

Adele- 21

International Male Solo Artist:

Bruno Mars

International Female Solo Artist:

Rihanna

International Group:

Foo Fighters

International Breakthrough Act:

Lana Del Ray

Oustanding Contribution to Music:

Blur

British Producer:

Ethan Johns

Watch: Emeli Sande’s Heaven

This is one of my favourite tracks at the moment. It’s one of those that makes me feel like I own this place, I’m on top form and nobody can get in my way. Well that’s what it does for me. It might evoke a different feeling, message for you, which I’m open to.