by (@Lacezilla)

Listen To Songs From Alicia Keys’ VH1 Storytellers CD/DVD Before It’s Released Next Tuesday!

Just a few weeks before Alicia Keys released her fifth studio album Girl On Fire last year, she hit the VH1 Storytellers stage to sing her heart out. In honor of that magical night’s performance being released on CD/DVD next Tuesday, June 25th, Alicia will be liberating the audio from different songs that were performed all week long on aliciakeys.vh1.com!
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by (@shakeyourbeauty)

Me and My Girlfriend: We Rank the 10 Flyest Boo’s in Hip Hop

 

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Ryan Gosling has a mighty sexy plus-one; so does Brad Pitt. But when you’re talking about the flyest wives and girlfriends, ever — we’re talking Beyonce, folks — they aren’t found in Hollywood, they’re in hip hop.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Grammys 2013: Adam Levine Brings The Falsetto “Fire” To Maroon 5’s Pairing With Alicia Keys

No one has ever accused Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine of lacking charisma, but it’s striking how much his profile as a sex symbol has been raised over the course of the last year and change. When the camera cut to Levine walking on stage as his group prepared to duet with Alicia Keys on “Daylight” and “Girl On Fire,” the screams were somehow even louder than anything we heard eminating from NBC’s Studio 8H last night when Justin Bieber hosted Saturday Night Live.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Alicia Keys Slows Down “The Star Spangled Banner”, Goes To Great Lengths To Avoid Lip-Synching Accusations

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After the Beyontroversial performance of the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration, there has been an incredible amount of focus on whether or not performers are singing the “Star Spangled Banner” without the aid of a backing track, the likes of which have not seen since the days of Milli Vanilli. Beyoncé came under extreme fire for lip-synching the Francis Scott Key’s patriotic ode to our revolutionary brethren, and after watching Alicia Keys perform the anthem tonight just before the start of Super Bowl XLVII, she clearly wanted to avoid any such controversy.

Although only the Superdome’s sound operator knows for sure whether or not there was any audio tomfoolery going on before kickoff tonight, to our ears, Keys’ version of the “Star Spangled Banner” seemed like it was sung AND played live (on the piano, no less). Why do we feel like this performance was “real”? For one, it was one of the slowest renditions of the song that we’ve ever heard. Secondly, much like Mrs. Carter’s defiant version at her press conference on Thursday, Keys deliberately paused in certain, semi-unorthodox spots of the song to verbally riff in such a way that seemed almost pre-calculated to ward off lip-synching accusations. Her voice, which some have been saying has been a bit pitchy of late, sounded as good as we’ve heard it in some time. But that’s just our take. What do YOU think?

Watch Alicia Keys sing the “Star Spangled Banner” below!

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