Alicia Keys is featured in the December issue of Marie Claire magazine.
In this issue, Keys dishes on her favorite things. She even divulges which celebs she’d love to have dinner with.
On her greatest joy:
“My family. I lie in bed with my husband [music producer Swizz Beatz] and son, Egypt, and have little musical moments, which I love.”
On her most worn clothing item:
“I have this vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket. When I put it on, it has this super cool feeling to it.”
On who her ideal dinner party guests would be:
“Bono, Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, and I wouldn’t mind Chris Rock. Definitely my husband, too.”
On the best advice she received from a friend:
“A friend once told me that all I need is three chords and the truth to make a great song.”
On the personality trait she has that people don’t know about:
“People don’t expect me to be as funny as I am.”
Alicia Keys’ VH1 Storytellers concert is now available on iTunes!
This stellar concert gave fans a taste of music from Keys’ Girl on Fire album, as well as a plethora of performances of the singer’s classic hits.
First aired ten days prior to the release of Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys’ VH1 Storytellers program featured six songs. While this set expands the set to 11 songs, it does not present the full performance. Heavy editing was involved; certain portions of Keys’ dialogue re hacked up, crowd noise is unnaturally lowered and raised in volume, and there is little evident effort to make the songs flow. Keys’ first words here, the lead-in to “No One,” are “We were at the end of the album, and it was finished, and…” — so it provokes the feeling of walking into the venue as the gig is in progress. Furthermore, much of her intro to the following “Brand New Me” was cut. For all its choppiness, VH1 Storytellers is enjoyably off-the-cuff, with Keys’ anecdotes (including an extended tale about the making of “You Don’t Know My Name”) and remarks (“I love an acoustic guitar!”) often delivered as she and her band are playing. The five songs that didn’t air are relevant, including a hot “Fallin'” that could have easily been overcooked, and an “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” that packs a heavier rhythmic punch than the studio version. Ironically, this is less showy than 2005’s Unplugged, and it’s better for it.
The songs individually cost $1.29, but the entire album is only $9.99
Check out the track listing below.
|1||No One (Live)||Alicia Keys||6:09||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|2||Brand New Me (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:49||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|3||You Don’t Know My Name (Live)||Alicia Keys||7:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|4||Empire State of Mind, Pt. II – Broken Down (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:18||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|5||Not Even the King (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:11||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|6||Fallin’ (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:44||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|7||If I Ain’t Got You (Live)||Alicia Keys||7:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|8||Girl On Fire (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:57||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|9||New Day (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|10||Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart (Live)||Alicia Keys||5:49||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|11||Un-thinkable (I’m Ready) [Live]||Alicia Keys||5:40||$1.29||View In iTunes|