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Happy Or Sad, These Songs Will Bring You To Tears

8/23/2015 2:00pm EDT
14 Songs That’ll Bring You To Tears
Sometimes you’ve just got to break down…crying that is. Tears can be therapeutic in both depressed and jubilant circumstances. The 14 songs that grace this list all encompass tears in different capacities, whether the context is happy or sad or the “tears” themselves are more metaphorical. Regardless, these songs need to be spinning on any and everybody’s tearful playlist!

1) Faith Evans, “Tears Of Joy” (R&B Divas, 2012)

Faith Evans indeed has “tears of joy” on her moving song of the same title. This is not a sad song in the least as Evans doesn’t reference pain, but jubilance, exu...

Here’s Our Take On Alicia Keys Best Songs

8/15/2015 2:00pm EDT
15 Best Alicia Keys Songs
Not every contemporary artist could be said to possess an illustrious career. Just because you release multiple albums and are prolific in the quantity of output doesn’t make you “illustrious.” In the case of Alicia Keys, she has indeed headed an illustrious career filled with commercial and critical success. Songs In A Minor and The Diary of Alicia Keys both rank as seminal albums of the 00s not solely in R&B circles but overall. With so many gems to her name, which Alicia Keys songs are the best? Here’s what we think are the 15 best.

1) “Fallin’” (Songs in A Minor, 2001)


Alicia Keys Makes A 'Revelation'

8/12/2015 9:52am EDT
Alicia Keys Struggled With Femininity & Dressed Like A Tomboy To
Alicia Keys just released the song "28 Thousand Days" and has revealed the meaning behind the lyrics. The 34-year-old singer explains on her blog how she preferred dressing like a tomboy when she was younger to deflect unwanted attention from men. "I chose to hide. Pieces at a time. Less trouble that way," she says.

But her apperance resulted in gay rumors, and when she became famous, she changed her look. "I put on dresses and didn't braid my whole head up, so people could see more of the 'real' me, even though at that point I'm sure I was more confused then ever of what the real me was,"...

50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”


Songs That Make A Statement With 'Names' & Lyrics

5/10/2015 1:00pm EDT
25 Songs All About 'Names'
What’s in a N-A-M-E – “That is the question!” Within the 25 songs on this random playlist comprised of songs featuring name in their title, the simple, everyday word takes on numerous meanings and interpretations. Maybe it’s the disappointment of not knowing a person’s name, the arrogance of ensuring everybody knows THE NAME (aka cockiness), or more thoughtful ideas such as escapism. Regardless, after diving in to this list, you’ll know every single one of these songs and artists’ names!

1) Shawn Mendes, “I Don’t Even Know Your Name” (Handwritten, 2015)

This girl that Shawn Mendes is...

Jay Z's High Quality Music Streaming App

3/31/2015 11:54am EDT
Tidal Streaming Service Stands To Make Jay Z Even Richer Than Be
Jay Z stands to become one of the richest men in the music business after his purchase of Tidal, the music streaming service that directly benefits artists.

The mogul and several of his famous friends were in New York in a show of support for Tidal. Jay Z purchased Tidal's parent company Aspiro for $56 million, according to PC Magazine.

Tidal calls itself the "first artist-owned music-streaming service," with a focus on high-quality audio.

Alicia Keys, one of the company's backers, remarked that, "The goal is to create a better service and better experience for both the fans and artists....

Alicia Keys Posts Nude Selfie With Peace Sign On Pregnant Belly To Launch New Charity

9/22/2014 1:01pm EDT
Alicia Keys Posts Nude Selfie With Peace Sign On Pregnant Belly
While the latest leak of celebrities' personal nude photos was happening, Alicia Keys was tweeting out a nude photo of herself, using the image to draw attention to a new cause.

The singer, who is expecting her second child with husband Swizz Beats, posted a nude image of herself cupping her breasts with a giant peace sign drawn over her bulging belly, using it to draw attention to her "We Are Here Movement," which she debuted on Sunday at the Social Good Summit in New York City.

"It's you and me on a mission to create a kinder and more peaceful world," she wrote on Twitter Saturday. "The...

Alicia Keys Is Pregnant With Second Child

7/31/2014 11:00am EDT
Alicia Keys Is Pregnant With Second Child
Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz are expecting a second child. The singer announced the news on Instagram today, posting an image of herself wearing a long white dress with a visible baby bump.

The professional photo also features Swizz barefoot with his arm around his wife.

She wrote: "Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life! "

The couple is celebrating their fourth wedding anniversar...

11 Most Under-The-Radar Celebrity Relationships

7/27/2014 3:00pm EDT
11 Most Under-The-Radar Celebrity Relationships
With a celebrity's life being so public all the time, some stars go to great lengths to keep their private life private. Many just take the "no comment" route. Others keep their personal affairs so quiet and opaque, one might think that they have a day job with the CIA. A few celebrity couples have expertly made it through the constant media sensation that threaten their love lives. We can all learn something about keeping our private lives away from prying eyes from these 11 most under-the-radar celebrity couples.

1. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling

It was shrewd enough of Eva Mendes and ...

Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Aren't That Catchy

4/2/2014 7:00pm EDT
Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Ar
Said Henry Rollins, "I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." So did the following famous celebrities, who took the names they were given and reinvented them into something more suitable to their personality, or the personality they wanted to cultivate. Want to know why they changed their already perfectly suitable names? We have your answers right here!

1. Lady Gaga

Born That Way: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Music producer Rob Fusari claims to have invented the name...

Celebrities With Plunging Necklines

2/9/2014 4:00pm EST
Celebrities With Plunging Necklines
Hollywood is full of beautiful women who like to spotlight their lean legs, curvy bottoms, and sexy cleavage.

German-American model Heidi Klum has proven that 40 isn't over the hill. She often wears figure-hugging gowns that show off her 5'9" frame.

She's not the only one in Tinseltown who likes to show a bit of skin. Selena Gomez, 21, also likes to step out in a revealing dress now and again.

Check out some celebrities wearing outfits with plunging necklines...

Selena Gomez

Demi Lovato

Kim Kardashian

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Aniston

Vanessa Hudgens


2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails

1/28/2014 10:30am EST
2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails
Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed. As always, there were moments that thrilled while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year. Still, even being correct, you have to wonder what the Academy is thinking sometimes. Yes, I’m specifically referencing the fact that Kendrick Lamar was shut out – ridiculous! But here goes nothing examining the awards given.

The Big Four: Record, Album and Song of the Year & Best New Artist

Record ...

The Best & Worst Dressed At The 2014 Grammy Awards

1/27/2014 8:59am EST
The Best & Worst Dressed At The 2014 Grammy Awards
The Grammy Awards are music's biggest event of the year, and stars flooded the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, showing off their sexy (and not-so-sexy) looks on the red carpet.

Actress Paula Patton took a risk by wearing a zebra print dress featuring two lion heads growling at her neckline. Robin Thicke's wife got a lot of attention for the dress - but not in a good way. She tops our list of the worst dressed at the 56th annual event.

Pharrell Williams also made quite a statement by showing up in a giant hat, which many compared to the Arby's logo.

But it wasn't all bad. Stars i...

Alicia Keys, John Mayer, More Stars To Salute The Beatles In Grammy Special

1/7/2014 8:29am EST
Alicia Keys
A new television special, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles," will feature performances by John Legend, Alicia Keys and Maroon 5.

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics will also reunite for the special, and John Mayer and Keith Urban will also participate, according to Grammy organizers.

The primetime show, presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS, will celebrate the iconic Beatles and their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964.

The special will air on Jan. 27, one day following the 56th Annual Grammy Awards...

Bikinis 2014

1/1/2014 4:01pm EST
Welcome 2014 With The 100 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Photos Of The
2013 was a very eventful year when it came to celebrities flaunting their bikini bods.

Jessica Alba, among others, hit the beaches of popular celeb hangout St. Barth's, a French island in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, back in April. The island is is a favorite of several celebs during the holiday season, like Russell Simmons, Stephanie Seymour and Olivia Palermo.

British supermodel Cara Delevingne opted for Barbados, where she spent time with both her family and with pal Rihanna, a native of the island.

Those weren't the only active beaches during the 2013 holiday seasons (both at the ...

Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

12/9/2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...

John Travolta, Alicia Keys Help Queen Latifah Kick Off Her New Talk Show

9/17/2013 9:00am EDT
Queen Latifah
On Monday, Queen Latifah kicked off her new daytime talk show with celebrity pals John Travolta, Lenny Kravitz and Alicia Keys.

Twelve years after her first short-lived chat show ended, the actress returned to the small screen to launch "The Queen Latifah Show" with a little help from her A-list friends.

Latifah told the audience: "Thank you so much for being with me today, and really throughout my whole career. Everything that I have done has led me to this moment.
"This is my chance to do all of the things that I love. I get to introduce you to amazing people who are doing extraordina...

Swizz Beats Posts Photo Of Wife Alicia Keys In A Bikini While Vacationing In Brazil

9/13/2013 6:02pm EDT
Alicia Keys bikini
Alicia Keys showed off her bikini body in an orange swimsuit reminiscent of the one Halle Berry wore in James Bond flick Die Another Day.

The singer was photographed on the beach in Brazil by producer husband Swizz Beatz, who captioned the photo "Yeah baby [heart heart heart...] #BondGirlFlow".

The couple, along with 2½-year-old son, Egypt, are vacationing in the South American country and are set to celebrate Swizz's (real name Kasseem David Dean) 35th birthday on Friday, and the record producer also posted an image of the family relaxing on a yacht.

Keys tweeted a birthday message to h...

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Usher, And Others Raise Millions With Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert

5/30/2013 2:07pm EDT
Blake Shelton Healing the Heartland
Several music stars gathered at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to raise millions in charity for those affected by the devastating tornadoes in the state.

Blake Shelton organized the Healing in the Heartland event to air on NBC, where he also appears on The Voice. He started the show with a rendition of "God Gave Me You," and then gave the stage to Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for musical performances.

Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert focused on the displaced animals affected by the storms. She held back tears as she sang The House Th...

Music's Biggest Stars Rocked The Red Carpet At The 2013 Grammys

2/11/2013 11:04am EST
55th Grammy Awards
  The 55th Annual Grammy Awards got off to a hot start on the red carpet, where music's biggest stars gathered before the main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Most stars adhered to the requests in the memo that CBS sent out on Wednesday, asking stars to tone their fashion choices down. The memo specifically asked that "buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered"; also warning that "see through" fashions, visible thongs and attire exposing any part of "genital regions" was forbidden at this year's award show.

Most stars followed the rules, including Jennifer Lopez, who ...

Kerry Washington Wins Big At NAACP Awards - See Red Carpet Pics!

2/2/2013 9:36am EST
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington took top honors on Friday night at the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
The actress, 36, won three awards: Best Supporting Actress ("Django Unchained"), Best Actress in a Drama Series ("Scandal") and President's Award for her public service work on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Washington is the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a primetime drama since Diahann Carroll in "Julia" over 30 years ago. Carroll gushed: "I think she's enjoying one of the great moments of her life right now in our industry."...

Alicia Keys Assumes Executive Position At Blackberry

1/31/2013 10:03am EST
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys has signed on as the Global Creative Director of smartphone maker BlackBerry.

Her job title was announced during the company's BlackBerry 10 launch in New York City on Wednesday, and it appears the Grammy Award winner will have her hands full with a load of new responsibilities for the tech firm.

President Thorsten Heins says, "Alicia Keys has come to BlackBerry because she believes in the product and technology, and subscribes to our overriding philosophy to 'Keep Moving' to empower people through mobile computing and communications.

"We are excited she will be bringing t...

Alicia Keys & Taylor Swift Sizzle At The NRJ Music Awards In France

1/28/2013 2:00pm EST
Alicia Keys
These girls are on fire! Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift attended the 14th NRJ Music Awards ceremony in Cannes, France, over the weekend, and they looked hot.

Keys wore a black cut-out dress that showed off a lot of skin around her midsection and back. Last week she celebrated her 32nd birthday at the 40 Principales Awards in Madrid, Spain, where she was presented with the honor for best American artist/composer of the last decade.

Swift looked amazing in an off-white sequined mini dress. The singer seems to have left behind her usual conservative wardobe these days for much sexier ensembles...

Alicia Keys Celebrates 32nd Birthday At Spanish Awards Show

1/25/2013 1:34pm EST
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys rang in her 32nd birthday at a music awards show in Spain and left with a special present after accepting a career achievement prize.

The Fallin' star, who turned 32 on Friday, marked her special day early on Thursday by attending the 40 Principales Awards in Madrid, Spain, where she was presented with the honor for best American artist/composer of the last decade.

Keys performed at the ceremony and while she was on stage, the crowd serenaded her with a rendition of Happy Birthday.

The singer posted a picture of the special moment on her page, with the caption,...

Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union & More Sexy Stars Sizzle At BET Honors (Photos)

1/14/2013 2:00pm EST
Halle Berry
Several sexy stars attended the BET Honors on Saturday night in Washington, D.C. Black Entertainment Television created the event a few years ago to recognize the achievements of African Americans.

Halle Berry looked extraordinary in a red strapless Monique Lhuillier gown with a slit up the leg. The actress was honored for her charity work on behalf of domestic violence victims at the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles.

Event host Gabrielle Union rocked the red carpet in a green dress with a plunging neckline. Singer Alicia Keys looked elegant in a one-shoulder black dress with hoop earrings a...

Alicia Keys Sued Over 'Girl On Fire'

12/18/2012 12:33pm EST
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is facing a legal battle with a songwriter who has accused her of plagiarizing part of her hit single Girl On Fire.

Songwriter Earl Shuman, whose music has been performed by stars including Tom Jones and Barbra Streisand, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a California federal court last week, accusing the singer of using parts of a track he wrote in 1962 without permission.

The song was a chart hit for Eddie Holman in 1970 after he recorded it as Hey There Lonely Girl, and Shuman claims it was illegally sampled by Keys.

The lawsuit targets Keys as well as the co-wri...

Alicia Keys Pays Tribute To Oprah Winfrey At Annual Black Ball

12/7/2012 8:53am EST
Alicia Keys
R&B superstar Alicia Keys raised over $1.3 million for charity at her annual Black Ball in New York on Thursday night.

The benefit was postponed last month due to Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the East Coast and devastated parts of the Big Apple and New Jersey in late October.

Keys pushed ahead with the event on Thursday at the city's Apollo Theater and held an auction to raise funds for her Keep a Child Alive campaign, which helps youngsters affected by HIV and AIDS.

Speaking about her decision to reschedule the event after the storm, Keys told reporters, "There are places in the wor...

Alicia Keys To Play 'Thank You' Show For Sandy Volunteers

11/19/2012 4:30pm EST
Alicia Keyes
Alicia Keys is set to pay tribute to volunteers aiding the recovery effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by performing a special concert for them in New York.

The Empire State of Mind hit-maker's native Big Apple was one of the areas worst hit by last month's superstorm, which wreaked havoc across the East Coast, leaving hundreds of residents homeless and millions without power.

A number of aid organizations have been set up in the wake of the post-tropical cyclone and now Keys is inviting charity supporters to join her at the iHeartRadio Theater on November 27th for an intimate T...

Heidi Klum Shows Major Skin In Tie-Up Gown At MTV EMAs, Kim Kardashian Stumbles & More!

11/12/2012 8:42am EST
Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum left little to the imagination at last night's MTV European Music Awards held in Frankfurt, Germany. The model wore a blue and gold Versace gown with a huge slit up the leg and a revealing tie-up bodice.

It's hard to believe that Klum is 39, gave birth to four kids, and still looks that amazing. But she is a supermodel, and their God-like genetics give them an edge over regular folk.

Kim Kardashian also attended the EMAs and dazzled in a black dress with a long train. She stumbled as she went on stage but caught herself before falling down. Disaster averted!

Taylor Swift looke...

Alicia Keys Buys Eddie Murphy's New Jersey Mansion

10/25/2012 2:16pm EDT
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz have an exclusive new address after purchasing Eddie Murphy's Bubble Hill estate in New Jersey.

The seven-bedroom mansion in Englewood cost the couple an estimated $12 million, according to

Murphy has been reportedly trying to offload the property for more than seven years, and it comes with a recording studio, a bowling alley and a glass-roofed indoor swimming pool pavilion.

Reports suggest Keys and her producer/entrepreneur husband will also purchase a contiguous two-acre lot with additional living space, a children's playgro...