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This past weekend, Alicia Keys celebrated her 34th birthday. And in addition to a totally awesome House Party themed pajama party, what better way to celebrate the singer-musician then tracing back to when it all started for her? Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, was one of the strongest debuts of any artist. She won five Grammy Awards in 2002 after Lauryn Hill did it three years prior with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
But there are secrets and behind-the-scenes trivia you might not know about the album. Click through and discover how the “rated-next” artist came out swinging in 2001.
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys must really love each other. Because every year each one of them goes all out to make their partner’s birthday celebration one to remember. Just a few months ago, Alicia surprised Swizz with a Coming to America themed birthday party.
And this past weekend, Swizz outdid himself with a House Party themed pajama party. But what made this extravaganza so special was the fact that the entire primary cast reunited to be there for the evening. Kid ‘n’ Play performed, along with Full Force. And, in what had to be one of the best moments of the night, Tisha Campbell and AJ Johnson, who played Sidney and Sharane respectively, took the dance floor and brought back their choreographed moves from the movie.
Check out the clip from their dance scene in the video below.
Yaaasss! I watched this video with the biggest grin on my face. And afterward, I only had one question, what happened to my invite?
Check out a few other moments from the evening on the following pages.
The age of the great singer has pretty much come and gone, but there are some very talented musicians who have managed to get better with time. On the flipside, there are also singers who started out with great voices, only to have them wane over time (blame it on age, hard living, etc.). Here are 10 examples on both sides of singers whose voices have improved greatly over the years, and a few who have lost their mojo for a variety of reasons.
Worse: Alicia Keys
A. Keys was never out here singing like Anita Baker, but as she got older and started writing and arranging more and more songs that pushed her voice past a limit she is really capable of (Yes, I’m talking about “Girl on Fire”), the change in her voice became more noticeable. These days, the talented writer and pianist does a lot more screaming than singing:
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz added a new addition to their family this weekend!
The songstress gave birth to their second child at 1:52 AM this morning. The little guy, named Genesis Ali Dean, weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Alicia announced his arrival by posting a photo with his name and information with the words, “The joy of joy is joy!! It’s a boy!! we are so grateful!! #blessings!!,
The couple already have a son, Egypt, together. The pair got married back in August 2010 in a private ceremony. This is the 5th child for Swizz Beatz and second for Alicia. The talented producer has 3 from a previous relationship. However, the pair are constantly blending their families together. We love it!
Over the weekend, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys celebrated the upcoming birth of their second child with an intimate baby shower. The sex of the couple’s unborn child is still unknown at this time and judging by the pink and blue decorations from the shower, this could really go either way.
This weekend Swizz also celebrated the 8th birthday of his son, Kaseem Jr., whom he shares with ex-wife Mashonda.
Alicia first revealed her pregnancy over the summer with an adorable photo shared to Instagram, which was accompanied by a sweet anniversary message dedicated to her hubby.
“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz,” she exclaimed. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many, many more years of the best parts of life!”
It’s unclear exactly when the pregnant beauty is scheduled to deliver the baby, but some have speculated that she’s due sometime this month.
Check out more photos from the shower on the next page.
“It’s About The Kids”: Alicia Keys Talks Burying The Hatchet With Mashonda Tifrere And Building A Friendship
In an interview with Wendy Williams to promote her new children’s book, Blue Moon: From the Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee, Alicia Keys talked about a lot of things, including the estimated arrival of her child (he/she is due at the end of December), pregnancy weight gain (“these babies have been very good to me”), and her relationship with Swizz Beatz (“We’ve known each other forever, and that’s the thing that makes us feel like we just have kindred spirits”). But one part of the conversation that definitely caught our attention and was pretty inspiring was to hear Keys talk for the first time about getting along with Mashonda Tifrere, Swizz Beatz’s ex-wife. Tifrere put Keys on blast in 2009 and said that the singer didn’t give her and Beatz (Kasseem Dean) the space to work on their troubled marriage. But five years, a wedding and two children later, the ladies are making nice, and Keys says she’s happy about it. It’s all about creating a positive environment for all of their children.
“You know what I think it really is? It’s about the kids: When everybody is able to be an adult, which we all are able to be, and we’re able to really recognize that actually, there’s a beautiful value about the way that we can all influence each other’s lives and the lives of the kids. They can really see that they have more than one woman to look to and say, ‘What can I learn here?’ ‘What can I learn there?’ and guidance and love. And it’s fatherhood and motherhood and it’s friendship. It’s really, really important and I think it’s so beautiful. It doesn’t always work but it’s totally possible. And it can work when everybody really wants to do the right thing for the children.”
Big ups to everyone involved for being able to get past what was a messy situation to do what was necessary for all the little ones involved, especially Tifrere. Check out Keys’ chat with Wendy Williams below:
Aretha Franklin Is Asked About Today’s “Divas,” Adele, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift And Nicki Minaj, And She’s Not Impressed
Queen diva Aretha Franklin has been promoting her new hit album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, and stopped to chat with The Wall Street Journal about it. During her conversation with Christopher John Farley, he asked her why she decided to take on the songs of others, including her decision to sing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
“It was Mr. Davis, the chairman’s idea…he brought the list to me, the list of singers and so on. But it was great because I had already bought some of these records and enjoyed them so it was natural.”
“Rolling in the Deep, I liked it when I first heard it…I said, ‘you know what? I like that melody and I like that song.’ So when Clive presented it to me, I said ‘absolutely.'”
Farley also asked her about today’s singers, and how many choose to use auto-tune, something Franklin isn’t feeling: “Oh please. That’s ridiculous.” So when he asked her to tell him the first thoughts that come to her head when she thinks of today’s divas (she did laud the late Whitney Houston: “She had a gift”), she didn’t have that much to say. She gave a thumbs up to Adele and Alicia, but that was about it.
Adele : “Young singer. Good singer.”
Alicia: “Young performer. Good writer. Producer.”
Taylor Swift: “Okay…Great gowns. Beautiful gowns.”
Nicki Minaj: “Nicki Minaj…Hmmm…I’m going to pass on that one.”
Gotta love ‘retha! She keeps it all the way real. Check out her chat with the WSJ below. The conversation about divas starts at the 3:50 mark.
Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Tuesday to raise awareness about the 200-plus Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April.
Tuesday marked six months since the girls were abducted. Keys kicked off a protest with 30 others at the consulate general of Nigeria, holding signs that read “We Are Here” and “Safe Schools Now!”
They chanted “Bring back our girls” and “When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!” as New Yorkers walked up the street during lunch hour, while others stopped to capture photos and video.
Keys, who is pregnant, said in an interview that she felt touched to take action because she is a mother. Her son, Egypt, turned 4 on Tuesday.
“Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing. And it is just outrageous that that’s going on,” the 33-year-old said as others chanted behind her.
Read more about Alicia Key’s protest at BlackVoices.com
Was there an artist you saw everywhere at one time or another and thought that they would always be “on”? Yeah, the 00s (and the ’90s) were filled with them, but a change in the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B, and a change in the way people buy and obtain music (and a change in skills and vocal abilities…) has caused some of the people who used to be on top to be somewhat forgotten about these days. It happens often, but we were surprised when these particular people (who aren’t one-hit wonders) were on top–and then all of a sudden were nowhere near the top years later.
You couldn’t tell me after Ja Rule was on top of the charts with albums like Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, and after helping Jennifer Lopez get two #1 hits with “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” that he wasn’t going to be on top for years to come.
Well before and after the release of The Last Temptation, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) started heavily beefing publically with 50 Cent, who would be a formidable threat in the rap game about to take the top spot. And on top of that, after a while, Murder Inc. was under investigation for drug trades, so Ja ended up leaving the company behind in 2009. From there, he was no longer the big fish and eventually found himself in prison for gun possession. Now out and about, Ja still performs (he just did a show in Nigeria with Ashanti), but people aren’t necessarily checking for him like they used to.
Unlike many celebrities, Alicia Keys isn’t working overtime to keep her pregnancy a secret. Instead, she shares what she feels comfortable sharing. One interesting tidbit that she recently shared about her little bundle is that he or she may be a New Year’s baby.
“It’s looking like December. They tell me December 31st. I think that’s kind of cute,” the glowing mom-to-be revealed on “The View” while promoting her new #WeAreHere initiative.
Speaking of #WeAreHere, Alicia says that motherhood is what inspired the campaign.
“Being a mother has definitely given me more of a fierceness and understanding of just what you believe in, that much more,” she explained.
Alicia first announced her pregnancy on Instagram via a sweet anniversary post dedicated to her husband, Swizz Beatz.
“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !!” she exclaimed. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!”
Swizz and Alicia are already the proud parents of a son, Egypt Daoud Dean, 3. So far, the sex of the new baby has not been revealed, but we’re hoping it’s a little girl!