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Alicia Keys Latest Lyrics Cause The World To Question Her Sexuality Once More

What’re they gonna do ’cause we’re the same sex?”

Do you remember the first time you hooked up with a girl? Your heart pounded, sweat dripped, you couldn’t tell where your body ended and hers began. Your head probably swam with questions: “Am I gay? Is she gay?” and, of course, “What do I do now?”

Alicia Keys asks the same questions in Where Do We Begin Now? a song that will make you nostalgic for the first time you woke up in a girl’s bed.

In Keys’ song, the confusion is somehow bittersweet. She enjoys the rush of not even knowing where to start. Her queer identity is unmapped territory.

“We ain’t even had a conversation,” sings Keys. This line is familiar to anyone who’s woken up too nervous ask, “What does this mean?” or “What are we?” (Or maybe even “What’s your name?”)

The song asks a lot of questions, but gives very, very few answers. Keys says, “All I know is that it feels right.”


This song is a quiet, but powerful piano anthem propelled by a steady drumbeat, which pounds like a heartbeat. Every beat of the drum takes you back to your lost love. Keys’ voice wavers all over the track, overcome with emotion yet somehow restrained – her voice never cracks, but you can tell she is close, as if singing through tears.

Listeners may have a question of their own: Is the song autobiographical? No one is quite sure, and Keys has not discussed the song in public.

The track is quietly slipped second-to-last on her most recent album, HERE, an eleven-song statement about peace and human rights. As of yet, the track has not gained traction in the queer community, but that’s likely to change.

Since the early 00s, Keys has been known for her trademark tomboy swagger and ambiguous gender presentation.

Although she is currently married to hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz, this song calls into question her perceived heterosexuality.

Perhaps this is Keys’ way of coming out as bisexual. Or perhaps she just needed an LGBT-positive song to fit with the humanitarian theme of her album.

She’s not the first female R&B singer to question her sexuality via music. If you like this song, check out Keke Palmer’s song I Don’t Belong to You, which features a love scene between Palmer and singer Cassie.

Ellen DeGeneres Among 133 Stars To Sign Billboard Petition Demanding Gun Control

Some of Hollywood’s biggest influencers have expressed their frustrations at the U.S. Senate rejection of the proposed measures gun proposals.

The Senate rejected four new gun control proposals on Monday.

Billboard magazine organised the petition following the rejection of four new gun control proposals by the U.S. Senate on Monday (20Jun16).

The appeal letter features on the cover of the latest issue of the magazine, released on Wednesday (22Jun16).


The cover reads

As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change,”

The names of all 133 actors and music stars, and 57 executives, that are backing the campaign also feature on the front and back of the publication.

Standing along side Ellen DeGeneres are Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Barbra Streisand, Beck, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, Calvin Harris, Carole King, Cher, , Elvis Costello, James Corden, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Lee Daniels, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meghan Trainor, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Selena Gomez, Tony Bennett, Yoko Ono and Zayn Malik also feature in the list.

The lengthy letter reads:

Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences – going to school or church or work – now is threatened, because of the gun violence in this country.

The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.”

The tragedies referred to in Orlando, Florida, include the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub by gunman Omar Mateen and the assassination of singer Christina Grimmie by shooter Kevin Loibl at a fan meet and greet in the city.

The letter continues to list the ways that Congress should be doing more to prevent gun violence in America, such as “require a background check for every gun sale” and “make it illegal for suspected terrorists to legally buy guns”.

Jay Z, Madonna, Rihanna and Beyonce Unite Music’s Biggest Stars to Launch Tidal

Some of the biggest names in music industry have joined forces to launch Tidal, an “artist-owned” music and video streaming service.

Rihanna, Madonna, Beyonce, Usher, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Jack White and Kanye West joined a host of other stars as they were revealed as co-owners of the subscription service, which is the brainchild of Jay Z.

The membership-based service will provide music and video content. However, unlike rivals Spotify, the service will not have a free tier – meaning the musicians stand to make more money from it.

Alicia Keys gave a presentation as the other artists stood side-by-side.


She said the artists hoped the new service would “forever change the course of music history” and ensure the viability of the industry.

“So we come together before you on this day, March 30th, 2015, with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history. For today we announce of Tidal, the first ever artist-owned, global music and entertainment platform”

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The membership-based service is being offered to U.S. users at two price points: about $9.95 for standard sound quality and $19.99 for ‘lossless high fidelity sound quality.’

In the United Kingdom the premium service will set users back £20.

Tidal streams at 1,411 kilobytes per second – well above the 320 for premium subscribers of Spotify, which offers lower levels for free users.

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The difference means that Tidal offers higher sound quality for audiophiles with advanced sound systems – but that casual listeners using simple laptops or smartphones may face slower connections.

Jay Z’s company, Project Panther, took over Sweden-based Aspiro for a reported $56m (£37m) on 13 March. Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Calvin Harris, who both appeared via video, are also co-owners.

The firm owned WiMP – which rivals Spotify in some countries – and TIDAL (which streams music in HD).

Before the announcement, big names including Madonna, Rihanna, Coldplay, Usher and Jay Z’s wife Beyonce changed their Twitter profile pictures to the teal blue colour of Tidal’s website to show their support.

Tidal operates in 31 countries, including Britain, France and the US and is to be launched in six more including Australia and Germany.

Spotify is the industry leader and says it has 60 million users with 15 million of them paying for its services.

It has 30 million tracks available on its service and charges £9.99 per month.

Tidal streams at 1,411 kilobytes per second – well above the 320 for premium subscribers of Spotify, which offers lower levels for free users.

The difference means that Tidal offers higher sound quality for people listening on advanced sound systems.

Tidal offers users access to 25 million tracks, in addition to 75,000 music videos and other content including artist interviews.

There are two options: £9.99 for “standard sound quality”, and £19.99 per month for “Lossless High Fidelity sound quality”.

There is said to be no free version of Tidal beyond the initial 30-day trial period.

Tidal will compete with Spotify, Deezer and other streaming services.

Apple plans to relaunch its own Beats Music which was founded by Dr Dre.