From the first note of G I R L’s opening track, ‘Marilyn Monroe,’ the orchestral strings consume the listener and its drop and sets the tone for what is a very sonically cinematic album. Pharell’s knack for creating danceable records is on full display on the record, and from open to close Williams makes you want to get on your feet and get down unabashedly. The highly anticipated collaboration with superstar Justin Timberlake entitled, ‘Brand New,’ follows, and the frequent collaborators shine as the duo’s duet shows off the chemistry that has spawned multiple hit records over the past decade. In comparison to Pharell’s debut ‘In My Mind’ the sound on G I R L is much more defined, and the lyrical content is more consistent and relatable and displays Pharell’s personal evolution, along with his artistic growth.
The last year has been very kind to Pharell Williams, and as he prepares to release his first album in nearly eight years, G I R L, the 'Happy' hit maker is offering a free, advanced stream of his new album via iTunes Radio. The 10-track album is star-studded with guest appearances from Daft Punk and Alicia Keys, along with pop royals Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus. Stream 'G I R L' here and be sure to grab your copy on March 3rd!
The artists expected to perform at this event are, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, and Kings of Leon. With world leaders gathering at the United Nations General Assembly in New York very soon, these famous recording artists hope to utilize this concert in hopes of pressuring politicians into reconsidering their stance on world poverty. Although tickets for this concert are free, they must be earned through the Global Festival website by taking online "action" through a variety of mediums. The four main themes behind this festival are education, women’s equality, global health, and global partnerships. By signing petitions, sending letters to politicians, or simply watching videos, people will be able to earn their tickets by learning more about one of these four themes. Eligibility to obtain tickets through Ticketmaster will be announced throughout the summer.
John Mayer has said, "What the Global Poverty Project and its Global Citizen movement have accomplished in just five years is really inspiring," and "I’m excited to be part of this year’s program, alongside musicians I admire and working to end extreme poverty within a generation." Alicia Keys also expressed her confidence in Global Poverty's cause by saying, "The number of people around the world living in extreme poverty is staggering. They are humanity’s most vulnerable, and as global citizens, we must work to be their voice so that they can live with the same human rights we are privileged to have."
If you follow VH1's new series of public service ads where pop phenomenon Alicia Keys shares a conversation with different women each week, it may seem unlikely that people from such different backgrounds could have so much in common. On the surface, you have a graduate student from San Francisco, a Texan widow, and a mother from Portland among others. Yet underneath the veneer of their seemingly simple and unconnected lives, each woman is very similar in that they are all silently struggling with one of the world's deadliest epidemics: HIV.
In a partnership with the Greater Than AIDS Organization, Alicia Keys has filmed these adverts as a way to encourage women to get tested and live in spite of the hardships that HIV inflicts on people around the world. The name of this campaign is EMPOWERED and with the support of VH1, the message of this charitable cause will help reach millions of viewers. Conversations with the women featured in this campaign will help reveal how people struggling with the disease can empower others by showing how they carry on their lives. Today, which is National HIV Testing Day, people all around the country are not only encouraged to share EMPOWERED's message, but also to help prevent the disease by getting tested.
Song Of The Week: "Pour It Up" Rihanna
A lot of people are talking about this one. So last week, I reported the release of Rihanna's new album. Well, the album is here and there are some familar sounding songs on RiRi's seventh studio album. And "Pour It Up" is one of them. If you haven't lived under a rock for the past couple of months, there's NO secret what song this replicates. Regardless, this is a CLUB banger!
Album Of The Week: "Girl On Fire" Alicia Keys
It feels like forever since we've had an A Keys album. Here with her fifth studio album, Ms. Beatz is jumping back onto the scene (as she should) and this time we have a couple of club bangers and international hits like "New Day" and "Girl On Fire."
Twenty-one year old singer Jojo kick slamed the "h-e-double hockey sticks" of all doubts that she could not make a comeback or shed her bubbly pop image seamlessly, with her new sexually charged single "Demonstrate."
The singer makes musical sex purring - "...Baby there's a lot of freaky sh*t, running through my mind that I can't say. But I know I can demonstrate & I can let my body explain" - against a heavy R&B beat.
Jojo teamed up with producer Noah '40' Shebib to create this comeback masterpiece. Shebib is known most famously for pairing up with musical powerhouses like Drake, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys and most recently Nas.
Even though our favorite cut-loose holiday has come and gone, the party is not over just yet. This week is stacked with countless parties, benefits, and shows for your pleasure. Yes, NYC, Halloween doesn’t have to be your last epic till New Years. Who says it can’t be tonight?
The singer famous for singing "there's nothing you can't do" is proving it herself.
Alicia Keys announced Tuesday that she's joined the creative team for Stick Fly, a new Broadway play starring Dulé Hill ("Psych," "The West Wing") and Mekhi Phifer ("E.R.," 8 Mile). Keys, who was already a producer on the project, can now add Broadway composing to her resume, which already includes her 30 million album sales, best-selling book, and philanthropic work to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.
"As someone who walked up and down this boulevard as a young girl, I cannot describe the thrill of having the opportunity of composing songs for a Broadway show,” Keys said. The classically-trained pianist added that the play about sibling rivalries flaring during a family's Martha's Vineyard vacation, has "honestly been a dream come true. I love the humor and humanity of Stick Fly, and I'm so excited to be a part of the emotional journey this show will take audiences on.”
More of a mission if you ask us. June Ambrose primary known for her signature turbans has been styling A- list celebrities for over 20 years. The next step? VH1 reality star! As we hold on to our TV remotes VH1 has officially released that Ms. Ambrose will launch her own docu- reality show early 2012 making this VH1's first ever fashion documentary TV show. June Ambrose has been linked to styling folks like Kim Kardashian, Sean Combs, Alicia Keys, Kelly Ripa, Jay Z and Mary J Blige.
The June Ambrose Project will chronicle June and her team of assistants working with established and up and coming artists, celebrities and models who are looking to re-brand their image. Each episode will showcase the person's new image.