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  • Alicia Keys Recalls the Early Days of Her Career in New Clive Davis Documentary: ‘I Remember Feeling So Inspired’
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    • [tweet:23nn99no]https://twitter.com/PopCrave/status/938198952498860032[/tweet:23nn99no]
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      • Happy Birthday
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        • Alicia Keys Eyes New Recording Contract (EXCLUSIVE)

          Since breaking out in 2001 with her debut single “Fallin’,” Alicia Keys has spent her career at Sony Music labels J (now defunct) and RCA, releasing six studio albums as well as live collections and remix compilations. Now, with her recording contract up imminently, Keys and her management are actively shopping for a prospective new deal that could be outside of Sony Music, sources tell Variety.

          Keys’ manager Johnny Wright, who also represents Justin Timberlake and Incubus, is leading the charge and fielding offers which include a bid from Warner Bros. Records. It’s no coincidence that Tom Corson, a veteran of RCA and J, was appointed co-chairman and COO at WBR, taking the position at the top of the year.

          At RCA, chairman Peter Edge is Keys’ keyman, as it were, and is also keen on keeping her in the family. For much of Keys’ career, Edge and Corson were closely aligned. In 2011, then-Sony Music CEO Doug Morris named Edge and Corson chairman/CEO and president/COO, respectively, and the two functioned as a team, with the former focusing on A&R and the latter on operations.

          How do you gauge Keys’ viability in light of a disappointing last studio effort, “Here,” released in November 2016? Some might view the singer and songwriter as a prestige artist, albeit one with over 18 million albums sold in the U.S. and three Billboard Hot 100 No.1s, but her performance at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala on Jan. 27 showed a talent that reaches far beyond torch singer. Indeed, in honoring Jay-Z, Keys demonstrated her hip-hop chops as she delivered a medley of “Can’t Knock the Hustle,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Run This Town,” and her duet with the rapper, “New York State of Mind.”

          “The price went up” after her Clive Davis performance, notes a source of her prospects for a new record deal.

          Two nights before the Davis gala, Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz, were honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing at an event held at the Rainbow Room atop New York’s Rockefeller Center. “To all the creatives in the building, may we all continue to be inspired,” said Keys from the podium. “May we all continue to be brave, may we all continue to be unafraid of being our brightest best selves. … There is no limit to what we can do and how far we can go.”

          Reps for Keys and RCA declined comment.

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          • Her heavy involvement in politics and social issues really clouded the excitement towards her as an artist. I remember that mega cringe-worthy TIDAL speech she gave when the platform launched, then she quietly dropped her support as soon as it bombed big time. Also, I don't understand why every time she would make an appearance in some awards show, she does so many serious mini-talks, it made her look dull. The likes of Madonna and Janet do the same too once in a while but they didn't get boring and uninteresting. :-? :-?

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            • Re: Alicia Keys

              ^I don't think so. The whole Swizz Beats/Mashonda thing did. And her music gotta little wack.
              Originally posted by snoh aalegra


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              • Originally posted by ThaInfo1
                ^I don't think so. The whole Swizz Beats/Mashonda thing did. And her music gotta little wack.
                I don't think general audiences cared about that, Alicia's personal life wasn't really talked about outside BET audience.

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                • from the "AS I AM" sessions - "When You Were Gone"

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                  Sounds good.

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                  • Re: Alicia Keys

                    It’s good but I can see why it didn’t make the final cut.
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                    • Re: Alicia Keys

                      Just read that new music is coming soon.
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                      • Originally posted by RayRay
                        Just read that new music is coming soon.
                        She can keep it if it's anything like Here
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                        • Originally posted by spiritboy
                          Originally posted by RayRay
                          Just read that new music is coming soon.
                          She can keep it if it's anything like Here
                          Where did you read that?

                          I think 'Here' was quite nice. 'In Common' is the best song she's released in years. I still don't understand why it wasn't a hit.
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                          • I just listened to HERE after a long time, she should do something about her voice. It's deteriorating and the high notes she does sound like she's straining her vocals, she has to get her voice checked. :-? :-?

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                            • Originally posted by Benjamin
                              Originally posted by spiritboy
                              Originally posted by RayRay
                              Just read that new music is coming soon.
                              She can keep it if it's anything like Here
                              Where did you read that?

                              I think 'Here' was quite nice. 'In Common' is the best song she's released in years. I still don't understand why it wasn't a hit.
                              In Common was a great song, it's the most "mainstream" song she released after GOF. Too bad they didn't bother with sending it to Pop radios. Could've been a decent hit in that format.
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                              • Originally posted by Benjamin
                                Originally posted by spiritboy
                                Originally posted by RayRay
                                Just read that new music is coming soon.
                                She can keep it if it's anything like Here
                                Where did you read that?
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                                • I'd love some new music from her soon. But if it's like Here she can keep it.
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                                  • Didn't she sign a new recording contract?

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                                    • [tweet:1k5x2fmp]https://twitter.com/PopCrave/status/988942472658276352[/tweet:1k5x2fmp]
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                                      • Re: Alicia Keys

                                        Alicia and Miley? Hmmm, that's interesting.
                                        I can't imagine what sound they are going for, but I know I want Miley to stay away from urban. Pop/country suits her way better.
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                                        • Re: Alicia Keys

                                          It would be either fire or disaster
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                                          • Re: Alicia Keys

                                            They could meet halfway and do some odd Neo-soul/R&B Country/Folk album lol

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                                            • I'm currently giving HERE another chance. I haven't really listened to any of the songs all the way through yet. I'm hungry for new Alicia now.
                                              CALL ME CALICE, CALL ME COLD. YOU'RE ITALIC, I'M IN BOLD.

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                                              • Originally posted by Hype
                                                I'm currently giving HERE another chance. I haven't really listened to any of the songs all the way through yet. I'm hungry for new Alicia now.
                                                I'd like to forget this album ever happened. Her last album was Girl On Fire.
                                                Originally posted by snoh aalegra


                                                - Ugh, those feels again

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                                                • HERE >>>>>>> Girl On Fire

                                                  I ended up liking HERE but she needs to get her sh*t together for the next album.
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                                                  • Yeah it’s an okay album. The only one I disliked was girl can’t be herself
                                                    CALL ME CALICE, CALL ME COLD. YOU'RE ITALIC, I'M IN BOLD.

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