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Alicia Keys stars in the premiere episode of PBS’ new music series, Landmarks Live in Concert.

The show will take viewers around the world to cities such as London, Paris, Philadelphia, Havana and Los Angeles where they will be interviewed one-on-one by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Perfomances and additional lifestyle segments with special correspondents — television personality Matt Pinfield and Instagram celebrity Gabby Epstein — will also take place.

In her episode, Alicia performs all over her native city of New York in various locations including Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater.

Alicia stopped by to chat it up with daytime talk show legend, Ellen! They discussed the recent ending of The Voice, which she also announced that she will be back for Season 12! She also took some time out to promote the latest single (Blended Family) and album, Here. Alicia did say that she feels this is her best album to date. Check out the interview and performance below.

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Fifteen Grammys and six studio albums into her career, Alicia Keys still hasn’t cracked the formula for a hit song.

“I just don’t know how to do that — I just don’t! And I’ve tried!” the singer said ahead of a performance at New York’s Apollo Theater.

“I’ve been like, ‘Okay, I’m going to take those same chords that I did before, but I am going to play them differently, which is going to make me write something different,’ and it just doesn’t arrive because you are trying.”
Instead, every new track is a fresh start. Where she typically writes alone at her piano, for her latest album, “Here,” Keys decided to collaborate with a team, gathering “a hub of interesting, creative people.”

“Put all of us in a room together and give us nothing but space, an opportunity, and all of a sudden boom! When you write a great song, you don’t know how you got there.”

Regardless of who else is involved, Keys stresses that genuine feeling is at the core of any good song. Musically, she strives for a striking tension between the bassline, the melody, and the way the song is sung that ends in a feeling of relief. Lyrically, it’s about channeling emotions.

“Songwriting comes from an emotion. It comes from a feeling. It comes from something you can’t contain, something that makes you cry, something that makes you laugh, something that you can’t describe because it is like a stone in your chest,” she says. “It’s some kind of emotion, and it provokes you to find the words.”
Watch the video above to find out more about Alicia Keys’ creative process.


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Alicia Keys is winning. Not because you say she is, but because she says she is.

As the piano-playing singer releases her sixth album and reflects on the 15 years since she put out her Grammy-winning debut “songs in A minor,” she feels content. Super content.

When asked about her future goals, she replies: “I already won. And I won because I’ve been able to create and maintain what I believe is my artistic vision, you know what I mean? A real artistic vision that I’ve had from the beginning.

I feel, like, so dope,” she says with a laugh. “Seriously, I just feel so blessed, and I feel so grateful, I feel so excited, and I feel so moved by music, maybe more than I have ever felt ever before because I understand … what my special thing is that’s different than what anybody else can do, and I feel so grateful to have my own lane and to have my own space that I’ve been able to carve.
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Alicia Keys’ first studio album in four years, Here, bows at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (chart dated Nov. 26) with 42,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 10, according to Nielsen Music. The debut marks her seventh chart-topper, which ties her with Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson for the second-most No. 1s by a female solo act. Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige hold the lead for most No. 1s with 10 each.

Here bows at No. 2 on the multi-metric Billboard 200 chart, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA), with 50,000 equivalent units.

Alicia Keys’ seven No. 1s on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Title, Peak date (weeks at No. 1)

Songs in A Minor, July 14, 2001 (six weeks)
The Diary of Alicia Keys, Dec. 20, 2003 (six weeks)
Unplugged, Oct. 29, 2005 (one week)
As I Am, Dec. 1, 2007 (seven weeks)
The Element Of Freedom, Jan. 2, 2010 (five weeks)
Girl On Fire, Dec. 15, 2012 (two weeks)
Here, Nov. 26, 2016 (one week, so far)

Meanwhile, Keys re-enters Hot R&B Songs with the Here single “Blended Family (What You Do for Love)” at No. 20, supported by 977,000 U.S. streams (up 275 percent) and 5,000 downloads (a 488 percent rise). The track concurrently spends a fifth week on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart, dipping one spot from its peak (15-16), despite a 13 percent increase in spins at the format (in the week ending Nov. 13).

The album release spurs a No. 12 re-entry on the Billboard Artist 100 for the singer and co-star of NBC’s The Voice, besting her previous peak of No. 86 upon her debut on the Oct. 8 chart.

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Alicia looks ready to win her first season!

When a woman is on her way to being the First Female President of the United States of America, who else would you call besides Alicia Keys to endorse your movement? Alicia showed up to the Democratic National Convention to perform her medley of hits that describe Hilary Clinton, such as Superwoman, In Common, and Girl On Fire. Watch the video below.

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The line outside the Troubadour was wrapped around the block as fans waited to get in to a special show from Alicia Keys.

It’s not rare that a superstar act books a gig at the cozy, 500-capacity West Hollywood haunt, but part of the hold-up to enter was the extra step required of fans to lock up their phones in soft pouches that can be unlocked if they step outside the club.

Keys’ phone-free policy for Wednesday’s gig served two purposes: For fans it offered an unobstructed view of the R&B star, while Keys was able to try out material from her upcoming album without the worry of it popping up on the Internet.

“I just want us to have this time together,” she later explained, noting the amount of coverage her no-phone policy has received.

Backed by a six-piece band — including prolific hip-hop engineer Young Guru, who DJ’d alongside — Keys packed the one-hour set with plenty of new material from her upcoming, as-yet-untitled album.

“Everybody got a past, but you can’t go back,” Keys chanted, asking the crowd to join, as she pounded on the piano for the night’s thumping, politically charged opening number (she didn’t reveal the title).

“I need to bring this back to make sure you’re hearing every word — this is important,” Keys said, restarting the song. “This is life, true life.”

Keys said she wanted the vibe of the Troubadour show to be like a basement party — which explained the tiny stage being crammed with crates of records, unused band equipment and lit in warm purple and blue hues.

The party atmosphere that she created with Wednesday’s electric showing helped cushion the blunt message behind her “crazy powerful” record.

While recent singles from the album she’s been working on since 2014 have presented a more low-key Keys, the new material popped with urgency.

Mortality seemed to be a major thread of the upcoming album, spawned by a constant news cycle of brutality, terrorism and division.

After opening with the politically charged thumper, Keys tore through the horn-blasting “28 Thousand Days” — a motivational carpe-diem jam she wrote last year after doing the grim calculation of the number of days in the average human life. (It’s 76 years, or 28,000 days, except “with this crazy world, you really don’t know,” she cautioned.)

“The world has lost it’s … mind,” she declared at one point in the show, albeit with more passionate language that’s not appropriate here.

“It’s the most important thing in the world to be who we are — no matter what we look like, or what we believe in and who we love,” she said. “I celebrate individuality, diversity, and you just how you are, and me just how I am.”

Beyond being some of the most political and emotional music she’s issued, the new material also largely delivered a throwback to her early work that gleaned its inspiration from early New York hip-hop and classical music.

This album has been, without question, the best music I’ve made — yet. Because there’s more.

She built one foot stomper around a sample of Nas’ classic “One Love,” another celebrated her beloved New York while reminding herself that she’s a “queen,” and on a slow-burning piano ballad titled “Pawn It All,” she sang about all she would give up “to start my life over again.”

“I’m sick of being judged … I’m sick of being high, I’m sick of being low,” she sang on “Illusion of Bliss.”

Keys said she approached the new album, due to be released in the fall, with “so much intent” and “conversation about what is going on and happening to us.”

Although she’s previewed tracks from the album since late 2014, the singer officially launched her comeback in May with the release of the groovy Latin-inspired “In Common” and emotional gospel ballad “Hallelujah.”

Both singles were performed to rousing response on Wednesday and she briefly looked at her back catalog with new spins of her Grammy-award winning hits “You Don’t Know My Name,” “Fallin’” and “No One.”

“This album has been, without question, the best music I’ve made — yet. Because there’s more,” she told the crowd. “Even with everything as it is and as it seems, the thing that brings us together is this good music.”

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Alicia Keys took the stage and shut it down at tonights BET Awards. She Performed her latest single, In Common. Alicia switched the song up a little, and put an acoustic mix in the middle of the song. Check it out below.

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