MUSIC NEWS// Alicia Keys Talks About Her Upcoming Album, Mary J. Blige Breaks The Silence About Her Burger King Ad & Berry Gordy-Inspired Motown Musical to Hit BroadwayPublished by Blair Bedford on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:22 am.
1. Alicia Keys: “I’m an All-New Woman on My New Album”
Alicia Keys is on the verge of a new album, and the Grammy-winning chanteuse says she feels like a new woman. In a recent video message to fans, Keys gave an update on the album’s progress and said she’s entered an all-new phase of her life and career.
“I’ve come to this place that the album is about to be ready and I feel just so crazy excited,” she said. “It’s like I’m a different person. I’m a new person. Everything is new, from being married and having a baby… I’ve become so much more intelligent and I survey the landscape more and try to come up with what’s the best thing for me, what’s the best thing for [my son,] Egypt, what’s the best thing for our family.” [MORE]
2. Mary J. Blige: I Was Hurt By Public Reaction to Burger King Ad
It’s been two months since R&B great Mary J. Blige received a hail of criticism for her participation in a Burger King ad that went in her words “terribly wrong.”
Aside from a standard statement from her public relations team, Blige has been quiet until today, when she sat down with Hot 97’s radio personality Angie Martinez to discuss the much-lampooned commercial that was characterized by many as offensive to African-Americans for its presumed promotion of the stereotype that Blacks love chicken. The Grammy Award winner admits the advertisement was a mistake, but she was certainly misrepresented in the version of the ad that leaked online. MJB swore she went into the opportunity with good intentions, but things did not work out was planned. [MORE]
3. Berry Gordy-Inspired Motown Musical to Hit Broadway
Berry Gordy made a great decision when he went out on a limb and borrowed $800 from his family to fund Motown Records in 1959. In the years to come, he would break a lot of raw talent, including the world’s greatest pop star, Michael Jackson. These artists, in turn, went on to produce an era of timeless R&B and soul music and become superstars in their own right. Gordy’s story is legendary and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be told in a big ticket Broadway show next spring. [MORE]