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Alicia Keys And Maxwell Make Magic With “Fire We Make”

"Fire We Make" Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys and Maxwell on a record together sounds like pure joy. “Fire We Make” is the latest single to drop from Alicia’s forthcoming Girl On Fire, and it sounds exactly like its title. Alicia opens the track with breathy vocals. It’s airy almost to the point of a whisper, only her voice is anything but quiet. Maxwell takes over the second verse with his beautiful high pitched range–his signature. Read more…

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There’s A Brand New Alicia Keys On The Cover Of Complex, But She’s Still Guarded

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“Brand New Me” is the tune Alicia Keys is singing lately, both literally and figuratively. Girl On Fire is the singer’s first album since becoming a wife and mother. And Complex featured Alicia’s ‘new self’ on the cover of its December/January issue. Those with foot fetishes are in for a treat. The 31-year-old singer may feel completely free, but don’t expect her to overshare her personal business. “The whole freaking world is looking at your s—. It’s scary,” she tells the magazine. “I didn’t want to say every single thing because you don’t want people to know that. There’s personal and there’s public, and I deserve the right to have a personal space.” Read more…

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“Begin Again” Is Taylor Swift’s Ode To The New Guy That Gets Her

Taylor Swift's "Begin Again"

“Then on a Wednesday, in a cafe, I watched it begin again.” Taylor Swift‘s second single “Begin Again” veers away from Red’s poppy lead. Over guitar strings Swift compares the cons of the ex guy to the pros of the new one. Swift debuted the country ballad on Good Morning America yesterday as part of her Red promotional tour. At 22 the girl-next-door singer has received massive praise for her songwriting skills–where stories of heartbreak and love flow from the ink’s pen to paper. This song is exemplary of why that praise is not undeserved. Read more…

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Taylor Swift To Debut “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Plus Performing At VMAs

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America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, has some great things on the horizon. This Thursday the country singer will debut the video to “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together on MTV First: Taylor Swift at 7:49 p.m. On Thursday, September 6 she will grace the stage with a live performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. We’re bubbling over with excitement and anticipation to see what she’ll do. And there’s her set for this season’s VH1 Storytellers, including confirmed singers P!nk and Alicia Keys. It’s officially Taylor Swift season, actually, every season is Swift’s season. Read on for the official press release. Read more…

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Tuned In: Jason Mraz “Won’t Give Up” On Conan

Jason Mraz teared up while talking about “I Won’t Give Up” during his VH1 Storytellers taping. The song speaks to the stagnant points in life and love. “I was really bummed out, and I hate sharing that, because I’ve had everything, I’ve had all my dreams come true,” he said. “And yet,” he continued, “One still experiences melancholy.” And so he set  — or, he says it “was coming out whether I like it or not” — the feelings to song, and it has since become his mantra.

Though there were no tears last night on Conan, he performed still with all the same emotional charge. His long locks tucked underneath his trademark fedora, he played the Love Is A Four Letter Word single quietly at first, then building drum rolls and conviction to the song’s climax — “I had to learn what I got, and what I’m not and who I am” — before jamming it out until the end. We might make this our mantra, too.

Check out Mraz’s Conan performance above, and hear him talk about the song on VH1 Storytellers below.

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Norah Jones Takes Quiet Revenge In New Video For “Miriam”

“Miriam,” off of Norah Jones‘ recent Little Broken Heart, is as leaden a lullaby as a lullaby can be. In the new Phil Andelman-directed video, Norah sits alone in row boat, floating quietly on a twilight lit Texas pond and singing about just how nice a name Miriam could be. But, pretty as could be in her red dress, she is a woman scorned, and nothing else is so peaceful as it seems. “Never been the killing kind, but I know what you did,” she warns. “Now I’ve saved the best for you.” And well, what was started in the “Happy Pills” video gets finished and we are reminded that no water should sit so still.

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VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Sneak Peek: How “Never Go Back” Was Created

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are embarking on some exciting projects, including assisting The Flaming Lips with breaking the Guinness World Record during the O Music Awards. In addition, this Friday VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals premieres with a riveting musical set accompanied by the stories behind the songs. The first single “Never Go Back,” co-written by The Black Keys, is from The Lion the Beast the Beat album, which is in stores today. And in this sneak peek clip not only do we hear the vibrant vocals of Grace Potter, she also delves into the making of “Never Go Back.” Read more…

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Vh1 Storytellers Sneak Peek: Norah Jones Purposely Made “Happy Pills” A Mean Song

We’re beyond ecstatic for the premiere of VH1 Storytellers: Norah Jones this Friday. The video to “Happy Pills” may have been about revenge and murder, but in this sneak peek she says the inspiration for the song originated from a far less dramatic place. As far as we know there was no real revenge plot she concocted to get back at a cheating husband as the video shows. It all started from her hunger. No, really. Read more…

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Vh1 Storytellers Exclusive: Jason Mraz Performs “Lucky” And “You Fckn Did It”

In this exclusive clip from VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz, Mraz performs “Lucky” as a duet. His partner’s strong vocals accompany his soft mellow voice that croons to the sound of the guitar. Not quite the tearjerker as “I Won’t Give Up,” but a stellar performance nonetheless. Mraz sings, “Lucky to be in love with my best friend.” We love sweet love songs that show appreciation for one’s significant other. And when the band plays the instruments without any singing– it’s heavenly! Jason Mraz gets five stars for this live ode to a lover/best friend. Read more…

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VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott Exclusive: “Le Boom Vent Suite”

All Jill Scott has to do is start singing, “boom, boom, boom” and the audience immediately claps as they immerse themselves into the feel good melodies of “Le Boom Vent Suite.” From the balcony to the front row attendees sang along with Jill about wanting a guy that doesn’t want her back. Similar to “Quick” in that the words aren’t necessarily describing an ideal situation, but the music makes one want to groove. It’s a soulful jazz sound with Jill’s one of a kind voice. And check out the man in the balcony jamming as if he were in the living room of his home. That’s what “Le Boom Vent Suite” performed live does to the crowd.

If you missed the show last night, you can watch the entire episode of VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott right now on VH1.com..

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