Showing posts with label ALICIA KEYS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ALICIA KEYS. Show all posts

Monday, April 16, 2018


Viola Davis

Tina Fey

Emily Blunt

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys along with Emily Blunt, Tina Fey and Viola Davis were photographed at Variety's Power Of Women: New York at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City the other day.

Monday, December 07, 2015


Jean Shafiroff With Alicia Keys

While down in Miami for Art Basel, Jean Shafiroff was spotted with singer Alicia Keys at The Smile Design Gallery at the Hotel Croydon..

Monday, February 10, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Alicia Keys

Stevie Wonder
50 YEAR AGO --- CBS’ much heralded Beatles anniversary show last night was a mixed bag on many levels. First: the music is timeless as ever. It sounded as fresh and as innovative as it did when it first came out. Watching the memories and reactions of everyone was pretty spectacular too: from fans in the original Ed Sullivan audience; to the production people involved in the show. One production person said that the screams were so deafening that night, that the plastic-type of headphones the crew wore that night, were immediately replaced the very next day that day to the much more rugged and secure ones used today. Even the original set designer described his design of of arrows pointing to the group’s performance on stage, which proved to be quite memorable indeed.

The Sullivan broadcast was seen by 74 million people, more than 60 percent of the American television audience. There might well be nostalgia for those days at CBS and the other networks, which in 1964 had only a handful of broadcast competitors rather than hundreds of cable channels and the infinitude of the Internet. The kind of unified television experience shared when The Beatles arrived only occurs now during championship games and awards shows — which are all, as the Ed Sullivan show was, live broadcasts.

The arrays of performers were an interesting combination as well: Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, Ed Sherin, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons and a reunited Eurythmics. 

Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and George Harrison’s widow, Olivia Harrison, and son, Dhani Harrison, were in the front row; Dhani Harrison helped perform his father’s song “Something” onstage, with Jeff Lynne, and proved to be an emotional highlight of the show.

Another Harrison-song scored in my book the highlight of the show: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Lynne and Joe Walsh; looking as good as I’ve even seen him and playing and singing like a true star.

Alicia Keys and John Legend sang and played together on “Let It Be.” And, the reunited Eurythmics performed a somewhat lackluster “Fool On The Hill.” For their much-hyped reunion, their choice was a strange one, even as Dave Stewart even gave a brief hug to Annie Lennox at the end of the show. Most strange!

“Hey Bulldog,” which has become more and more of a fan and industry favorite of late, was faithfully reproduced with a powerful Dave Grohl on drums. Stranger still was the fact that while Harrison’s son performed, Lennon’s son, Sean, remained in the audience along with Yoko Ono; dancing on several songs like she was on another planet. Yes, they were acknowledged, but it would have been nice to have seen them onstage.

Also, when Anna Kendrick introduced Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun,” she said Harrison and Eric Clapton (who would have been a nice addition) wrote it in Clapton’s garden at his home Huntwood Edge. Really? Try Hurtwood Edge. Shame on writers David Wild and Ken Erhlich … you guys should know better! Plus, producer George Martin would have been a nice addition too ... right? 

Also, David Letterman’s much-trumpeted interview with the two Beatles was a surprising passive affair too. Too softball if you ask me. It appeared as if even Letterman was too star-struck to do his usual splendid job. McCartney did reveal one interesting-tidbit in the interview: When they came up with the name Beatles; it was inspired by Buddy Holy's Crickets and had the word beat in it. This I had never heard and loved it!

NARAS’ Neil Portnow, who never met a camera he didn’t love, was wisely kept mute throughout a terrific idea if you ask me.

Ringo finally hit the stage performing with a terrific band (bassist Don Was and Toto’s Steve Lukather and Peter Frampton on guitars) with Carl Perkin's “Matchbox,” and, then settling in at the drums to play and sing the Shirelles’ “Boys” and finishing with a vibrant “Yellow Submarine.” 

Starr sounded better than I have ever heard him and whether it was a case of performing almost every year with his All-Starr band, or what, he sounded almost youthful. At 73, that was impressive.

Macca rasped and shouted through “Birthday” and savored the humor of “Get Back” while hitting its falsetto high notes with poise. He introduced “I Saw Her Standing There” as the first song he wrote with John Lennon — “It started a lot of stuff,” he said — and he whooped his way through it even more exultantly than he had in 1964.

French horns joined in on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which led, inevitably, to Starr’s reappearance, side by side with McCartney on bass, to sing “With a Little Help from My Friends,” jovially and wholeheartedly. Finally, with Starr back at the drums, McCartney moved to piano to lead the whole arena in “Hey Jude,” riding the na-na chorus with all of the performers joining it.

Fifty years after conquering the United States, McCartney and Starr, this was a great tribute. Macca even quipped that when the idea was first floated to him, he wondered if it was right to tribute yourself. It could have been so much better than it was, but hearing the music and seeing them again was tremendous.

RADIO GA GA --- Still not convinced that radio has been and always will be, one of the worst areas to be employed in? The trade sheet Inside Music Media released 4 points in Friday’s surprise and sudden Scott Shannon retirement from WPLJ. They are: 1: The dirty details of contract negotiations that went so wrong and led to Shannon’s “retirement.” 2: How Cumulus (WPLJ current owner) tried to whack his salary – take it or leave it. 3: Allegations that Shannon may have also been knifed in the back on the way out the door by someone close. 4: Which New York radio station that secretly made a run at Shannon. 

Scott Shannon not being on radio in New York City is a bad, bad, move. More on this, and, yes there’s a lot, lot more, very soon.

CLOSING NOTES – Drummer-extraordinaire Kenny Arnoff’s name wrongly spelled in the credits for The Beatles’ CBS show last night. Clearly, no quality control any more at CBS … 

Check out Micky Dolenz’s pr-man David Salidor’s interview via … 

Saw Her over the weekend and loved it. Just stunningly spectacular. American Hustle and Blue Jasmine remain my Oscar favorites, but, Her is coming on strong …

According to a report in Variety, actor Shia LaBeouf wore a paper bag on his head to the premiere of Nymphomaniac at the Berlin Film Festival. He did also come in a tuxedo, so that’s something. Written on the paper bag: “I am not famous anymore.”

Look, he’s either having a nervous breakdown or pulling off a kind of James Franco-esque college thing because he’s reading a lot of material about modernism. After brawls in bars and feuding with Alec Baldwin; he could be right …

The Sting/Paul Simon toured kicked off this weekend in Houston. Can't wait for the reviews. I'm seeing them next month here in NYC. Could be the tour of the year ...

Which podcaster on the West Coast will be packing his bags this week? Actually, since his studio is in his basement, he'll only have to go upstairs.

Again, radio ... a dangerous game!

Monday, September 30, 2013


Katrina Bowden

Brooke Shields

Katie Holmes

Alicia Keys And Swizz Beatz

Katie Holmes, Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vergara, Gerard Butler and Brooke Shields celebrated the TAO Downtown Grand Opening in New York City. It was a star-studded evening to celebrate TAO’s second location in NYC. The new 30,000 square foot venue was designed by architect David Rockwell with art murals created by HUSH.

It was date night for many celebrity couples including Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, who joined the celebration after Alicia’s performance in Central Park. Other couples included Katrina Bowden and husband Ben Jorgenson, Olivia Munn and Joel Kinnman, Erin Heatherton and boyfriend, and Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg.

In the main room, Debra Messing joined Kelly Rutherford and posed for photos. Naomi Campbell danced while Samantha Ronson played the first DJ set of the night. Later in the evening, DJ Vice took the stage and Ashanti jumped in the DJ booth and joined in on the fun.

Thursday, November 17, 2011



Condola Rashad With Rosie Benton

Ruben Santiago

Dule Hill And Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys & 'Stick Fly' cast members, sign posters and greet ticket buyers at the Cort Theatre in New York City the other day.

Photos By: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Thursday, October 20, 2011



Condola Rashad

Lydia R. Diamond And Kenny Leon

Dul Hill

Mekhi Phifer

Tracie Thoms

Rosie Benton

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys along with Tracie Thoms, Condola Rashad, Lydia R. Diamond, Kenny Leon, Mekhi Phifer, Dul Hill, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and others, attended the Meet & Greet the cast & creative team of 'Stick Fly' at the Hard Rock in New York City today.

Photos By: Walter McBride / WM Photography / Retna Ltd.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


The guy or girl that writes this column is a very big industry insider who wishes to remain anonymous, but wants to write about all the headlines happening in Hollywood and the Music Industry.

Al Pacino

YOU DON'T KNOW JACK -- HBO's latest movie treatment "You Don't Know Jack", the backstory to Jack Kevorkian is screened tonight at NY's Ziegfeld Theatre. Expect Soprano-Vince Curatola; stars Al Pacino; Susan Sarandon; and, Danny Huston front and center. Levinson, one of my all-time favorite directors (“Diner,” “Rain Man,” "Wag The Dog," "Good Morning Vietnam") has reportedly produced another gripping epic. More on this next week.


Kevin Eubanks

EUBANKS BYE BYE – With Kevin Eubanks exiting Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” on May 28 after 18 years, word is that his replacement will be none other than Rickey Minor from American idol, will be tapped. NBC said today that Minor will make his Tonight Show debut on June 7th. That’s a few days after Idol wraps its current season, season 9.


Emily Osment

Just heard “I Feel The Earth Move” from the forthcoming Micky Dolenz Carole King-tribute album (“King For A Day”). He sings it with teen-star Emily Osment and just rocks it for all its worth. Many in the music business have said that Dolenz possesses one of the best voices ever in rock music… and, he doesn't disappoint here. More on this next time. Speaking of Dolenz: Will he appear at this weekend's TV Land Awards hosted by Tim Allen? Reports are that he's wanted!


Alicia Keys

SH-BOOM ---This Sunday is the exclusive book signing for the absolutely terrific book by Clay Cole, “SH-Boom!: The Explosion of Rock & Roll (1953-1968). Cole was a somewhat permanent fixture on TV in the late 60s and early 70s and almost single handily brought about a revolution in music. Again, this book isn’t for everyone, yet if you cared about any of that ground breaking music from then, and how effective it was on society … this book is for you. I again cite how Cole brought so much diversity to his shows, R&B acts to rock acts, and was chastened for it by the people who ran the station. Yet, years later, when they were awarded for their diversity, they didn’t even acknowledge Cole. Shameful indeed! A true pioneer spirit with his stories that are just plain brilliant. This book underscores yet again just how different music is today. Back then, there were actual songs. I mean, I love Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind,” but, the fact is, next year this time, it’ll be just a distant memory. Sure, things go in cycles … and, several signs even not point to a radical change in music just around the bend. Who knows, with any luck, we’ll be dancing in the streets again. Marci Bird, who ran’s Cole’s fan club back in the day is hosting it. I'm currently reading this book for the second time. I've never met him before and I’ll be honored too … more on Monday!

Aretha Franklin

ARETHA MOVIE --- Reports have surfaced about award-winning director Taylor Hackford prepping a film bio on singer Aretha Franklin. Well, he did "Ray" so magnificently, so why not? Question: Will he be using the terrific Mark Bego-bio for the film; Aretha's own book ... or, something entirely new. It was brought to my attention that Franklin is still working with Dick Allen ... brother of the late-great-Cotillion Records president Henry Allen. This relationship dates back decades to when the singer was on Atlantic. Notoriously-finicky and not a joy-all-around to work with, this will be interesting. My guess is that the so-called pre-production time will be lengthy. Stay tuned.

Photos By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Alicia Keys

Yung Joc

Miri Ben-Ari

Pretty Micah Jesse

Melanie Fiona

Catherine Malandrino

Jason Binn

Jessica Gomes


Phillip Bloch

Tim Morehouse

Swizz Beatz With Alicia Keys

Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys strike a pose at Gotham Magazine's Annual Gala hosted by the sexy star, and presented by Bing at Capitale in New York City. We love the clambake Magazine king Jason Binn throws in The Hampton's every summer, we only hope he brings it back to the beach this year and not in some club where he switched it too last summer. Nothing beats his beach parties and the food that Tim Burke caters every year. Come on Jason, bring us back to the beach!
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Friday, February 20, 2009


Leigh Lezark


Sandra Bernhard

Rachel Bilson With Joy Bryant And Claire Danes

Nicole Richie And Alicia Keys

Nicole Richie and Alicia Keys were at the Zac Posen Fall 2009 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park in New York City. Rachel Bilson was With Joy Bryant And Claire Danes at the famed show. Leigh Lezark and Estelle also showed up to watch all the high fashion.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Giorgio Armani

Caroline Kennedy And Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Victoria Beckham

Mira Sorvino

Milla Jovovich

Josh Hartnett

Alicia Keys

Ricky Martin

Chace Crawford

Leonardo DiCaprio

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend was at the Armani 5th Avenue Store Opening in New York City. The stars really came out for this. Victoria Beckham along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Chace Crawford, Ricky Martin, Alicia Keys, Josh Hartnett, Milla Jovovich, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Mira Sorvino and the legend himself, Georgio Armani.
Photos By: RD / Johnson / Retna Digital