Justin Timberlake is featured in The Hollywood Reporter‘s new songwriters roundtable issue alongside some other big names and he explains why he was initially afraid to do the music for his animated film Trolls.
“I think I was afraid to go into Trolls because I was like, ‘Well, there’s probably going to be more frivolity to it than substance.’ But then I looked at the story and I’m like, ‘Wait, hold on, we have a female protagonist that has a belly, crazy hair,’” Justin said. “‘That’s so important.’ And what a cool way into getting them into the theater — ‘I wanna be like Princess Poppy, not Barbie.’”
Alicia Keys lets her hair run wild and opens up about her feminist stance, her family and going make-up free in Elle UK magazine’s special December Feminism issue, hitting newsstands on November 15!
Here’s what the 35-year-old Grammy-award-winning singer had to share with the mag:
On feminism: “Let’s look the definition up because I have in my mind what I feel it means. ‘The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of political, social and economic equality’ – so yes. Yes, I am a feminist, and whoever isn’t is crazy… It’s about owning your power, embracing your womanhood.”
On her love for her husbandSwizz Beatz: “He is an electric current. There is not a soul who has met him who hasn’t fallen in love with him.”
On her blended family: “I have a very blended and interesting perspective of what family life looks like. There is no one way, no perfect way. Each way is different with beautiful scope to be something good. That is life. Our eldest son is 16 and it’s really cool to be in his life as an adult figure who is not his mum, and he gives me a prelude to what is coming with my children.”
Alicia recently dropped the official music video for her new single “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” from her latest album HERE – Watch the visual below!
Alicia Keys – ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love)’
For more from Alicia, visit ELLEUK.com and pre-order the December issue now!
Alicia Keys is not a big fan of some of the original Disney movies, particularly the classic Snow White.
The 35-year-old singer recently expressed her disapproval of the movie’s portrayal of the lead character’s role, noting that she won’t let her sons watch the film.
“They say that every child learns from their mother – and it’s ingrained from babyhood,” Alicia told The Edit magazine. “I get real funky about the classics; I don’t like [my sons] watching [the original Snow White]. It’s totally sexist, misogynistic – she’s cleaning for seven dwarfs.”
“There’s nothing wrong with a woman who chooses to stay at home with her family, it’s a hard-ass job, but it’s the way it’s spoken about,” she went on.
“For the first time, I’m recognizing how art, activism, socially what we’re going through, all go together,” Alicia added. “For the longest time I thought it was all separate.”
In case you missed it, click here to stream and download Alicia’s new album Here!
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Alicia Keys is one of the new judges on The Voice and she’s opening up about how she struggled with pitching herself to the contestants at first.
The Grammy-winning singer opened up about the show while making an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday (November 4) in New York City.
“I’m not good at [pitching myself]. I wasn’t good at that,” Alicia said about trying to land a singer for her team when multiple judges turned their chairs. “I’m not a pitcher. I’m not a salesman. It’s weird.”
“I guess I wasn’t really doing a good job for a little while because my creative partner and manager said to me, ‘I’m going to need you to step it up,’” Alicia added.
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Alicia Keys just dropped her new album Here and you can hear it now!
This is the 35-year-old Grammy-winning singer’s first album to be released in four years and it features the new single “Blended Family.”
Alicia recently opened up to USA Today about her new take on music.
“It really is the first time in my life that I’m 1,000% here in my skin, in the world, in my personal experience within this world,” she said. “I’m grateful I’ve come to a place where I can be vulnerable and honest and raw and myself and talk about it and not hold back and not make it perfect and pretty.”
Download the album now on iTunes and stream it below via Spotify!
Alicia Keys shows off her natural beauty once again while posing for the cover of V Magazine‘s November 2016 issue.
Here is what the 35-year-old singer had to share with the mag:
On being a working woman: “I think that it’s definitely tricky being a woman. You go to work, and it’s like, if you don’t put on makeup that day people say, ‘Oh, you look so tired!’ It’s not only the entertainment industry, it’s not only the film industry, it’s not only the fashion industry, it’s not only every job that anyone works at or every magazine that everyone has read, it’s a collective consciousness.”
On going makeup free: “There’s nothing you could do to take away this unbelievably innate beauty that lives inside of you as a woman because we are the most spectacular creatures that were ever created. The most incredible thing is that all women are beautiful.”
On music changing minds: “There’s definitely an imbalance, and I think that we’re all feeling that imbalance, to be honest. I love how much we all can identify with music, whether we’re artists or just working at the post office, music is our life.”
For more from Alicia, visit VMagazine.com and pick up her new album Here on Friday!
HERE is said to focus on Alicia‘s roots in NYC as well as the hip-hop culture, and will provide some insight to who she is as a female artist in today’s world: “On this album, I’ve arrived HERE,” Alicia said in the press release. “A place where I’m willing to truthfully look at myself in the mirror and to also see the reality of who we have become in this world. The good, the ugly, the shadows and the light. I’ve come to realize that in order for us to grow and to understand and accept each other we have to recognize the complexity of ourselves. We have to be able to talk about it and meet each other where we are, HERE.”
Alicia Keys – ‘Holy War’ [Full Audio]
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