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How Alicia Keys Became a Hamptons Mansion Intruder

Published by on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 10:00 am.

Alicia Keys is known for many things singing, acting, producing and now apparently, accidentally breaking into Hampton mansions. Not exactly, but the “Girl on Fire” songstress had a lot of explaining to do recently when she and husband Swizz Beatz accidentally let themselves into the wrong home in Long Island, New York.

“We were going to a friend’s house so we put the address into the navigation,” Keys explained to OMG Insider. “The friend had mentioned that it was going to be very late so she left us a way to get in. It just so happened it was the same thing [at this other house]. We went in there and she described exactly what it ended up being, dogs barking and [having to] find a room.”

The actual owner of the home was startled by the noise she heard in her house and was shocked to find Keys and her hubby loudly making themselves at home in her kitchen.

Keys recalls, “We realized we were at the wrong place when [a strange] woman came out and said, ‘I don’t who you are or what you’re doing and why you’re here.’ It was really an honest mistake!”

In the end, the three reportedly had a good laugh about the situation and went their separate ways. Not sure what you think, but Alicia and Swizz home invasion would definitely make sweet music!

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Alicia Keys: Jay-Z Didn’t Like It When My Son Kissed Blue Ivy

Published by Natasha Fierce on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:00 am.

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Jay-Z is already an overprotective daddy when it comes to his one and only Blue Ivy Carter, according to pal Alicia Keys.

The “Girl on Fire” singer stopped by the Wendy Williams Show this week to talk about her upcoming tour, and her son Egypt’s crush on little Blue. Keys reveals that Egypt, 2, tried to kiss one-year-old Blue during a recent playdate. “I don’t think Jay liked it very much. He told my husband, ‘Um, watch your son.’”

The thought of Egypt laying a wet one on Blue Ivy is just too much cuteness to bear, but the love doesn’t stop with the little ones. After the world aww-ed over a clip of Beyoncé and Jay-Z singing Coldplay’s “Yellow” to each other, Keys revealed a sentimental moment of her own.

When asked what was the best present she ever got from her hubby Swizz Beatz, she said, “this might sound strange but I think the favorite gift he ever got me [was] he got a tattoo of me on his arm. Of my face. He hid it. It’s so beautiful. He mixed it with some of his favorite artists…It’s so pretty.”

Can these people get any more cute/beautiful/romantic/perfect?

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Swizz Beats Splurges on Wife Alicia Keys on His Birthday

Published by Dior Noir on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 10:00 am.

(Photo: Monica Mcklinski/Getty Images)

Talk about public displays of affection. Swizz Beats Tweeted  the highlight of his birthday on September 13. No, it wasn’t the roller skating party that his wife threw him in New York.

“The best part of my Bday today was my gift to my wife because my Bday is her Bday:)” the rapper/producer Tweeted along with a picture of Alicia Keys posing by a pink Lotus.

The big splurge comes amid gossip that he cheated, but the couple has laughed off the rumors. “Happy Birthday to the most INCREDIBLE man I know!!!!! @therealswizzz !!! To A life of ENDLESS shining between us!” Tweeted Alicia. The singer added,   “Haaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!! Some things are just LAUGHABLE!!!!!! Now, Let’s Continue to SHINE!! Everything else is a waste of time!! Sending love!”

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Usher Breaks His Digital Death Pledge

Published by Runteldat on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 11:50 am.

In what can only be deemed as another blow to Alicia Keys’ Digital Death campaign for AIDS awareness, one of the celebrities who vowed to remain silent broke his pledge – all to say Happy Birthday.

Indeed, Usher was quote tweeting the following:

The point of Alicia Keys’ campaign was to have a number of celebrities vow their digital death on various social networking sites until a $1,000,000 was raised.

Thus far they’ve only raised $300,000, and call it a hunch but Usher’s tweet very likely isn’t helping the cause.

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Hey Professor Swizz Beatz!

Published by Dior Noir on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

Professor Swizzy? Mr. Beatz? Students at New York University will learn what Swizz Beatz wants to be called tomorrow when he takes on a new post as the university’s first producer-in-residence in the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts.

In his new role, Swizz will host group lectures, one-on-one sessions and provide students with songwriting critiques while acting as a liaison between the school and music industry insiders. The industry heavyweight will hold his title from 2010-2011 and is already slated to visit NYU at least three times during the current semester: November 10, November 18 and December 3.

“I’m excited to be able to take my many years of experience in the music business and use it as an example to instruct students,” Swizz said in a press release. “The invitation from Mr. Davis and professor Rabhan is humbling and I’m honored.”

How tight would that be if he brought in some of his entertainer friends or even his wife, Alicia Keys, to sub?

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Rihanna Mourns Death of ‘Lion King’ Actress Shannon Tavarez

Published by Dior Noir on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

Shannon Tavarez, an 11-year-old girl who starred as “Young Nala” on Broadway in The Lion King passed away on Monday and Rihanna is among friends and family that are mourning the loss of the budding entertainer.

“Just got off a plane ride and heard horrible news that our little star Shannon Tavarez has lost her battle with Leukemia!” Rihanna Tweeted. “Way too soon….keep her family in your prayers.”

Rihanna befriended Tavarez during her fight with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and campaigned with Alicia Keys and 50 Cent to help find the young star a bone marrow match by urging fans to register with DKMS. Doctors were unable to find a donor match for the performer and tried an umbilical-chord blood transplant in August as an alternative.

Before she passed, Tavarez wrote on her website: “Some people think that the test for compatibility is scary! All it really takes to get started is a cotton swab of the inside of your cheek. So please get tested today. Who knows? You might be my match. Or, you may be able to help other young people with similar illnesses. And remember… ‘One swab will do the job’”

For more information on how you can register to be a donor visit dkmsamericas.org.

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Aww! Jay-Z Threw a Sweet Secret Bday Party for Beyonce

Published by Dior Noir on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

Beyonce got a lot of love on her 29th birthday this past weekend! Lady Gaga laced her with a car, and her hubby Jay-Z threw her a huge bash that the NY Post snagged the details from.

The venue: Darby, a New York restaurant that’s not even open to the public yet (’cause that’s just how they do).

The guestlist: An intimate crowd included Alicia Keys, Serena Williams, Kanye West and Diddywho was the last guest to leave when the party wrapped at 6am. Jay and Bey’s moms were also in the house. Pretty predictable faces (where was Solange?), but cute that she toasted it up amongst industry family.

The music: Spun by DJ Cassidy who played Stevie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday” which no birthday celebration is complete without.

The decor:  Jay filled the room with orchids and brought out a 6-layered cake for his wife.

Good job Hov! Sounds like a great time. I wonder if  got his Jeremih on  to finish the party when they got home.

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It’s About Time! Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Confirm Engagement & Baby

Published by Dior Noir on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12:48 am.

alicia keys and swizz beatzAlicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have finally decided to ‘fess up: they’re having a little one and planning to tie the knot!

Their reps confirmed they “are expecting a baby and are engaged to be married in a private ceremony later this year,” reports People magazine.

We knew Alicia was showing signs of a baby bump! She couldn’t keep hiding it forever.  This will be the first child and marriage for Alicia. Swizz has two sons*, Kasseem Jr., 3, and Prince, from previous relationships.

Congrats to the couple on their new beginnings!**

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**Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself.

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Alicia Keys Rocks NYC For World AIDS Day

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 10:16 am.

aliciakeysjayzLast night in New York City, R&B diva Alicia Keys brought the house down for a legendary performance at the Nokia Theater in Times Square that was streamed live on the worldwide web. American Express partnered with the Grammy-winning songstress for this one-night-only event in honor of World AIDS Day and Alicia’s charity Keep A Child Alive, which assists children and families in South Africa who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Miss Keys annihilated the stage for over an hour in a hit-after-hit performance, which included cuts from her new fourth studio album,  The Element of Freedom, which is available December 15th.

Being that Keys is still so young, you forget how many hits this R&B chick has had since her debut in 2000 — three number one albums, four number one hits and nine top 10 hits on the Billboard charts. Keys pounded through a set list that included “Karma,” “I Ain’t Got You” and “You Don’t Know My Name.” She also included songs that weren’t huge hits but fan favorites like “Wreckless Love,” “Superwoman,” and a riveting performance of “Diary,” which she sung with the amazing Jermaine Paul, who opened the show. The New York native belted out her latest singles, “Doesn’t Mean Anything” and “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart,” plus she sang unheard of songs from the new album like “Love Is Blind” and “Distance and Time.”

Alicia was met with some high-octane energy from the New York City crowd and she often acknowledged it, constantly thanking the audience for their undying support in her nearly 10-year career. However, the crowd hit a high when Keys sang her biggest solo hit to date, “No One.” Keys gave us a little vocal improvising, proving she is not just radio-friendly — she is soul-friendly.

We all couldn’t help but wonder if she would sing “Empire State of Mind” being that she is in New York and the song is such a massive hit — could the song be done without Jay-Z? Thankfully, no one had to worry because Jay-Z hit the stage spitting out the now legendary lyrics with Keys wailing for New York. Everyone in the packed theater went into a frenzy — no other song was more fitting for a city that has survived so much and is still celebrating the Yankees win.

An excellent performance from Keys, but the night wasn’t solely about her, as she continued to stress. American Express and Alicia Keys donated all ticket proceeds from the sold-out show to her charity Keep a Child Alive. In addition, Alicia has a contest, which will take five people on a once in a lifetime trip to South Africa late next year. If you would like information on this contest or Keep a Child Alive please go to http://keepachildalive.org/.

Big thanks to American Express and the Alicia Keys camp for such a powerful night in honor of an important cause — World AIDS Day.

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Jay-Z Finally Chimes in About Lil’ Mama

Published by Dior Noir on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 3:00 pm.

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Even though the VMAs have come and gone, people still can’t stop talking about Lil’ Mama crashing Jay-Z and Alicia Key’s “Empire State of Mind” performance. Lil’ Mama apologized saying she just got “caught up in the moment.” Alicia Keys responded and said “We can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired, but we would have appreciated it if she would have did it from her seat” and everyone had a laugh by way of all the Twitter jokes and PhotoShopped pictures of Lil’ Mama appearing in everything from the Million Man March to Da Vinci’s Last Supper picture. It seems like the incident was dying down but yesterday, Hov spoke on it during an interview with Angie Martinez of Hot 97.  This is what he had to say:

Me, personally, I would never do that. I would never have the nerve to do that. It’s just like, someone’s up there performing…We went through rehearsals, we did run-throughs and we worked really hard at the performance to put on a show for people and to interrupt that moment for us, you know, I don’t think that was the right thing to do.”

Like everyone else, Jay also likened the incident to Kanye’s infamous stage crash (which Jay had previously called rude):

I actually thought it was the equivalent of what Kanye did to Taylor Swift but nobody really talked about that because I’m not a little sweet girl from the middle of America. And I’m cool with [Lil' Mama] being excited and all that but you have to understand, people put in work to make that performance happen, that took weeks the planning of it. If you look at those screens, we had to go to Yankee Stadium to shoot that live, there was a lot of planning. To disrupt that was out of line. I was a little angry to be honest, but what do I do, fight Lil Mama?

I’m actually surprised Jay-Z spoke on this at all, since he usually chooses to “be above” such issues, but I guess it was bound to come up during his crazy press schedule for Blueprint 3 (can’t wait to watch him on Oprah today!).  Seems like we can finally put this issue to bed, well, as long as Lil’ Mama doesn’t put out any more ridiculous songs about the incident like the one below.

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