Jay-Z says he’ll never do Verzuz as no one is qualified to face him (video)

Jay-Z basically said it would be laughable and ridiculous to think that another rapper could ever hang with him for two hours on a stage. Therefore the newly-installed Hall of Famer won’t even consider doing a Verzuz battle because he believes it will turn into an onslaught — and quickly. Hov made the audacious declaration […]

Alicia Keys is finally at peace as she makes new tracks

Alicia Keys is “finally comfortable in [her] own greatness.” The 40-year-old singer was recently named the Female R&B Act of the Millennium by the Recording Industry Association of America and admitted that she is now at peace with her “grandness and greatness” as she releases a double LP titled Keys. She said: “I’m finally comfortable […]

Alicia Keys admits Swizz Beatz initially wasn’t her type

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It has been 20 years since the release of Alicia Keys’ debut album Songs in a Mirror and now the artist is gearing up to drop her eighth studio album, Keys. Ahead of its release on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, Keys sat down with Speedy Morman of “360 With Speedy Morman” on Monday, Dec. 6 […]

Alicia Keys opens up about her emotional struggle and reaching a breaking point

Alicia Keys struggled to express herself when she felt “weak.” The “Best of Me” singer has found it “hard” to open up about how she felt, particularly in low moments, and has always insisted she is “fine,” even when she knew she wasn’t. She told the new issue of Britain’s Marie Claire magazine: “It was […]

Nas puts on professor cap for upcoming master class on the art of emceeing

Lizzo delivered a master class on twerking last week and now Queensbridge rapper Nas is about to showcase the art of rhyming and bring his skills to the platform. The Grammy-winning MC will kick off his master class series on Oct. 14 where Professor Nas will teach a 12-part video series on the art of […]

Talent manager Jason Hobdy shares his recipe for developing artists

Jason Hobdy’s career as a talent and tour manager began with his 10-year stint with MBK Entertainment under the tutelage of Jeff Robinson, Jeanine McClean and Suzette Williams. After working with artists like Elle Varner, Alicia Keys, Rotimi from “Power,” and most recently, Lucky Daye and H.E.R., as well as the new talent he’s added […]

Janelle Monáe drops new video ‘Say Her Name’ protesting police brutality

Janelle Monáe just dropped her new protest song “Say Her Name” which aims to shed light on the problem of Black women accosted and killed by the police. The inspiring 17-minute track is a follow-up to her 2015 song “Hell You Talmbout” with her Wondaland artists Deep Cotton, George 2.0, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur and St. […]

Alicia Keys’ Soulcare product line might be just what we need today

Alicia Keys launched Keys Soulcare because “soul care” was missing. Her skin care line comes with a positive affirmation meant to be spoken as you wash your face, as she noticed her skin is affected by “good energy.” She has explained how her “offerings,” including skin care, body care, and much more to come, are […]

Michelle Obama salutes ‘advocate’ Alicia Keys at Billboard Music Awards (video)

Michelle Obama praised singer-songwriter Alicia Keys at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards not only for her musical brilliance but for also interweaving advocacy of women and social justice into her award-winning songs. The former first lady, 57, gave a virtual shout-out to Keys in Los Angeles before the Grammy-winning songwriter commemorated the 20th anniversary of […]

Release date for DMX’s posthumous album ‘Exodus’ revealed (video)

The world won’t have to wait long for DMX’s posthumous album. The date of the project’s release was announced on his Instagram account Monday, May 10, 2021. Along with a picture of the late great MC, who died on April 9, the caption on the post read: “5/28 The Legacy continues….#ExodusAlbum.” What’s special about the […]

Will Smith and Alicia Keys to star in new YouTube Originals

Will Smith and Alicia Keys feature in the latest lineup for YouTube Originals. The two stars will be working on separate projects for the platform with Smith hosting a fitness series and Keys giving fans a glimpse into her career. Smith, 52, will star in “Best Shape of My Life,” a six-part series from his […]

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz sell Verzuz to the Triller Network

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The Triller Network has struck a deal with Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’ for the acquisition of Verzuz. The new owner is the parent company of the Triller app and Tik Tok’s top competitor. While all of the terms of the deal have not been released, the two super producers are now “large shareholders” in the […]

Past winner of ‘The Voice,’ Chris Blue, tells moving story behind new single

While prepping his debut EP, which he expects to drop sometime in the first quarter of 2021, Chris Blue, season 12 winner of “The Voice,” got a premonition as he completed his sizzling new track, “Back 2 The Future.” Fortunately for his adoring fans, that omen, which pays due homage to Chadwick Boseman and the […]

Alicia Keys says her fashion choices were shaped by ‘grimy’ streets of NYC

Alicia Keys had to be “conscious” about her style choices growing up near “the pornography capital of New York.” The 39-year-old star grew up between 42nd Street, Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem and she admitted “being so exposed to the streets” helped shape her fashion sense. Speaking to GLAMOUR UK, she said: “A lot of my […]

Eric Reid calls NFL ‘diabolical’ for using Colin Kaepernick in social video

Eric Reid called the NFL “diabolical” for using exiled quarterback Colin Kaepernick in their video to promote social justice. The Pro Bowl-caliber Reid, 28, joined Kaepernick, 32, by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem when both were members of the San Fransisco 49ers in 2016. Reid has steadfastly supported Kaep ever since. Both […]

Alicia Keys to mark album release with virtual ‘American Express Unstaged’ gig

Alicia Keys is set to perform a special virtual gig as part of the “American Express Unstaged” series. To celebrate the release of her upcoming album, Alicia, on Sept. 18, 2020, the Grammy winner is giving her fans the chance to experience a “one-of-a-kind musical and artistic experience from the comfort of their homes.” The […]

Alicia Keys reveals her fears about raising Black sons

Alicia Keys has admitted it is “terrifying” having Black sons in such a hostile world. The “Empire State of Mind” hitmaker — who has Egypt, 9, and Genesis, 6, with husband Swizz Beats — was pregnant with her second son in 2014 at a time of Black Lives Matters protests following the killing of an […]

Alicia Keys drops new single, ‘Love Looks Better’ (video)

Alicia Keys has released her new single, “Love Looks Better.” The R&B legend has given fans another taste of her upcoming self-titled album, Alicia, which is about making the time to “be present for each other.” The introspective track was co-written and co-produced by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. In a statement, Keys said: “This song has […]

Alicia Keys teases new collaboration with Khalid dripped in ‘Black joy and love’

Alicia Keys has teased a collaboration with Khalid. The 39-year-old singer tagged the “Talk” hitmaker in a Twitter post, in which she shared a 15-second audio clip. She wrote in the post: “I think it’s time.” I think it’s time @thegreatkhalid pic.twitter.com/zYXT3to7wM — Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) August 13, 2020 Khalid simply replied: “YUP.” The 15-second […]

Alicia Keys to produce romantic comedy featuring Christina Milian

Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys is set to produce a new film. The 39-year-old, who recently served as a producer on the Netflix film Work It, will produce an upcoming romantic comedy via her AK Worldwide label. Netflix made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Exciting news!! A romantic comedy starring @ChristinaMilian, @JayPharoah, […]