ALICIA KEYS

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That One Time We Interviewed Netsky at the Ultra Office

There were a lot of things to be depressed about after the cancellation of Electric Zoo's last day for the second year in a row, and Joonbug.com ranks missing Netsky's set that Sunday high on the list. While his appearance at Slake that night might have sated most of his New York City fans' voracious drum & bass appetites, we wanted to sit down and chat with the man behind one of dance music's greatest live acts, which just so happens to be hitting the road next month in the UK before coming back to the states for the Stay Up With Me tour in November.

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Alicia Keys Pregnant!

Summer 2014 has been filled with celeb mothers-to-be! Now joining the list is Alicia Keys. Key's and her husband Swizz Beatz just celebrated their 4 year anniversary and revealed that she’s expecting baby number 2!

The Grammy award winning singer made the huge announcement on Thursday, July 31, via Instagram with the cutest picture ever! The 33-year-old shared a photo of herself and her husband cradling her growing baby bump. “Happy Anniversary to the love my life @therealswizz !!” she wrote. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!”

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Album Review: Pharrell - G I R L

Pharrell Williams’ return to prominence has come full circle with the release of his latest album, G I R L, the singer/producer’s first album in nearly eight years. The ten-track collection caps a year of the hits for the Virginian super-producer, and he continues his streak with his latest effort. Known for his high musical IQ and eclectic style, Williams taps into what has rapidly brought him to the top of the pop chats, uptempo production, live instrumentation and positively mature lyrics, and while the year is young, G I R L is easily a candidate for Album of The Year. Features from Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Daft Punk add to the allure of the album, and the chemistry between the artists elevates the album to stratospheric heights. Simply put, the album is an instant classic.

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Stream: Pharrell - 'G I R L' (Full Album)

The last year has been very kind to Pharrell 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!

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Tao Downtown Opens With a Bang

Any establishment Sofia Vergara, Alicia Keys, and Olivia Munn have dined at is a place I definitely want to go to. These sexy starlets and a handful of other stars showed up to the grand opening of Tao Downtown, the brother restaurant to the location in Midtown. Chef Ralph Scamardella promises to offer new and tantalizing dishes to the menu, flavors that the American palate has never tasted before. Take, for example, his “Snapper in Sand,” a flash-fried snapper covered with crushed peanuts and dried Chinese olives. The dish literally looks like a sandbox, but it is delectable and has become Tao’s signature dish.

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Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, John Mayer and Others Rock to End Poverty

The Global Poverty Project has joined the Cotton On Foundation to present a free-ticketed concert at Central Park called the Global Citizen Festival on September 28 to help fight extreme poverty.

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."

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Get EMPOWERED With Alicia Keys and National HIV Testing Day

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.

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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

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Jojo 'Demonstrates' A Comeback

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.

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Your NYC Weekly Party Guide

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?