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Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys and More Team Up For 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert

Always one to lend a hand to a good cause, Bruce Springsteen did his part to help Hurricane Sandy victims earlier this month when he performed during NBC’s Hurricane Sandy telethon; and because need remains, he and some of the biggest names in music are saddling up once again. When Springsteen reaches the Pearly Gates, the elevator’s going straight up.

On December 12th — or, 12.12.12 — The Boss and his E Street Band will join Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who for a night of live music at Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, an organization that provides money, material and know-how to local groups that are serving families and individuals in the tri-state area who have been left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The holidays are upon us, the weather is getting colder and there are still plenty of people in need — perhaps you would like to lend a hand and hear some good tunes (fingers crossed, Kanye re-up’s “Clique” re-up with Bruce and Billy Joel) while you’re at it? Visit 121212concert.org for more details and information.

12.12.12. The Concert For Sandy Relief [BruceSpringsteen]

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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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Watch Alicia Keys’ VH1 Storytellers Now!

Alicia Keys is a talker, admittedly. For her VH1 Storytellers special tonight, telling the back story behind her songs was a piece of cake. Alicia knows how to interact with a crowd. “It’s actually one of my favorite ways to perform, though,” the “Superwoman” singer told the audience. “Really small and intimate. Close.” Alicia has so many hits narrowing them down to a six song set had to be challenging. Luckily, Alicia mixed it up with songs we know every word and ad lib to with new songs from her forthcoming album.

It takes her to tell the funny story of working with John Legend and Kanye West in the studio for “You Don’t Know My Name.” If you missed VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys you’re in luck. Watch the episode online right now, or check out our clips of her entire set. Read more…

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VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys Online Exclusive: We Keep On “Fallin'” For This Song

Alicia Keys‘ “Fallin'” may always be one of those songs that you automatically sing every single time you hear it. The beauty of timeless music! VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys aired tonight, and in case you missed it the full episode is available online, here. It’s only right we share the exclusive of the singer’s debut breakout song. It sounds as good live as it does on the album. Read more…

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Taylor Swift Joins The Circus, And 4 More MTV Euproean Music Awards Performances You Can’t Miss

Like much of the past few weeks, last night’s MVT European Music Awards were in large part a celebration of our VH1 Storyteller Taylor Swift. Taylor spent much of the night flexing her Surprise Face muscles for each of the three awards she won — for Best Female, Best Live Act and Best Look — and gabbing about how excited she is to have clocked her first EMA win. Of the other winners, a broken hearted Justin Bieber took three of his own (Best Male, Best Pop and Beste World Stage), Carly Rae Jepsen took Best Song, One Direction took Best New and Biggest Fans, and PSY of course won for Best Video; Rihanna meanwhile went 0 for 6 nominations, leaving empty handed.

And perhaps we’ve caught the Red fever, but we really enjoyed the old time-y circus act that was Taylor’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” performance (which the evening’s host, Heidi Klum, made way for by floating away with a balloon in hand). She donned a big black top hat and a red sequined jacket, and was joined on stage by clowns on tiny bikes, a harem of ballerina clowns and some fire breathers (pyrotechnics were big with all the performers last night). It was maybe not her strongest vocal showing, but after all the time she spent twirling round the circus ring of a stage, who could blame her for being a little short of breath by the end? Red has only just come out, and award show season is just around the corner, and there’s sure to be more winning night’s like this in the near future of Taylor

We also dug these performances:

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VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys Sneak Peek: Kanye West And John Legend Were Instrumental In The Making Of “You Don’t Know My Name”

There’s no way that Alicia Keys has the problem of a guy not knowing her name. That is, if she wanted him to know her name, which she obviously wouldn’t as a married woman. But we’re talking the single Alicia Keys days. We don’t want to spoil tonight’s VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys by giving all the intriguing tidbits on how some of her greatest songs were created, but the sneak peek of “You Don’t Know My Name” is too good not to share. Alicia tells the story of working in the studio with relatively unknown artists Kanye West and John Legend. Yes, think back to the time Kanye was unknown. In the studio John and Kanye sang on one mic together, like the ol’ school artists–before the days one could send in their verse to be pieced together with fancy equipment. Read more…

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VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys Sneak Peek: “No One” Will Get In The Way Of What She’s Feeling

Until watching Alicia Keys‘ very own VH1 Storytellers we’d almost forgotten the number of hits this woman has under her belt. Song after song the audience sung the lyrics only hoping to hit a note even remotely close to Alicia’s pitch. The wait to hear the story behind a handful of her classics is almost over. On Monday, November 12 at 11PM EST you’ll have the chance to witness her piano playing greatness on VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys. Read more…

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VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys Is Coming, But For Now Get Lost In A Timeline Of Her Greatest Career Milestones

A Timeline Of Alicia Keys Great Musical Moments

Alicia Keys is a musical force to reckon with considering her magical fingers stroke white and black piano keys while she sings powerfully into the mic. Since her introduction to the world in 2001 with the chart topping hit “Fallin'” she’s continued to wow us with relatable music that will get spins decades from now. As we gear up for VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys, which airs Monday, November 12 at 11PM, we excitedly dug through her 11 year music history for her greatest career milestones. Read more…

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A Very Brady Storytellers

You guys! Starting this Sunday night, November 12, we’ve got three consecutive nights of VH1 Storytellers amazingness coming your way. When we first found out that we’d have back-to-back-to-back nights of Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and P!nk coming our way, the first thing that popped into our heads was a twist on the famous Brady Bunch theme. “Here’s a story of some lovely ladies.” And, well, we couldn’t resist…



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BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards Wows With Performances By Ciara, Brandy, Alicia Keys And Surprise Guest Missy Elliott

Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond created magic when the former DJ started BGR to inspire young girls of color. What started out as a non-profit for youth empowerment and mentoring, while also promoting positive images of black women in the media, has expanded into an annual BET awards ceremony honoring black women in arts, entertainment, education and other fields who are using their gifts to change the world. This year’s seventh annual star-studded event held at Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NY was hosted by actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King–whose wardrobe changes gave us life! Read more…