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Karl Anderson, Lio Rush, others cut from WWE amid Coronavirus

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WWE announced the release of Superstars Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, EC3, Lio Rush, Drake Maverick, Heath Slater, Eric Young, Curt Hawkins, Aiden English, Sarah Logan, Erick Rowan, Mike Kanellis, Maria Kanellis, Primo and Epico on Wednesday.

Also, WWE released Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, who had been serving as a backstage producer since losing his retirement match to Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35 last year.

Longtime WWE referee Mike Chioda, who had been with the company since 1989, was released as well.

The cuts were announced after WWE released a statement earlier in the day regarding measures that would be taken to dial back spending during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the statement, WWE noted that it would cut talent expenses in addition to reducing compensation for executives and board members, decreasing operating expenses and delaying construction of a new company headquarters for six months.

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WWE also stated that it would furlough some employees for an indefinite amount of time.

WWE said the cutbacks would create “an estimated monthly savings of $4 million along with cash flow improvement of $140 million primarily from the deferral in spending on the company’s new headquarters.”

According to WrestlingInc.com’s Raj Giri, on a conference call with employees Wednesday, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon said some employees would be furloughed and some would be released outright. He also told them they would be informed of their fate via text message

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Shazam hits 300 million monthly active users worldwide

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Apple today announced that Shazam has surpassed 300 million monthly active users worldwide, with more people than ever before using the app to discover the music they love.

Throughout the years, the music industry has relied on a number of signals to answer the question of what the world is listening to. And for the past 20 years, Shazam has been one of the earliest and strongest signals — and it’s one that’s growing even stronger.

With an increasingly global user base, Shazam is getting even better at truly answering what the world is listening to. African countries have been some of the fastest growing user bases on Shazam, and African genres have been some of the fastest growing genres, with many African songs topping the yearly global charts. On the Top 100 2023: Shazam chart, Rema’s “Calm Down” takes No. 1 after spending more time atop the global Shazam chart over the past year than any other song. “‘Finding’ takes strength and passion,” Rema tells Apple Music. “To everyone who took the energy to find this song I hope it’s giving you joy wherever you are today and I hope it sounds as beautiful as the first day you heard it.”
Ayra Starr also ends the year in the top 10 of the Top 100 2023: Shazam as she becomes one of Nigeria’s most-Shazamed artists.

The global reach of K-Pop has continued to increase on Shazam, and the app’s user numbers have also seen a notable growth in Korea. More K-Pop songs have made it to the Shazam global charts in 2023 than in any previous year, with emerging band FIFTY FIFTY reaching No. 3 on the Shazam global charts, marking the first time a K-Pop act other than BTS or one of its members has charted this high. Música Mexicana has also seen significant growth in the last 12 months, with the only five tracks from this genre to enter the US Shazam top 10 all doing so within the last year.

One of the longest-standing apps on the App Store, Shazam has also continued to innovate and introduce a number of new features to make it easier for users to discover music no matter how or where they are listening. Most recently, Shazam unveiled Concerts, a new space in the app where music fans can discover upcoming concerts that are happening in their area, providing personalized event recommendations based on their Shazam history or popular events around them. Fans can also discover events by filtering location, date and artists.

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Check out Shazam’s new Concerts space here and listen to the most Shazamed songs of the year on Apple Music.

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SXSW Music Festival – Second Round of Showcasing Artists Announced including Camidoh

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The South by Southwest® Music Festival (SXSW®) has announced the second round of Showcasing Artists invited to perform at the 38th annual event. The festival features compelling musical experiences showcasing rising talents and renowned artists from around the world performing in front of industry professionals, influencers, press and an abundance of engaged, open-minded fans. The first event on every music industry professional’s calendar, the SXSW Music Festival takes place March 11-16, 2024 in Austin’s iconic and offbeat venues.

SXSW Music Festival programmers present the best new artists and established acts from around the world offering a unique opportunity for national and international exposure. Artists in this announcement hail from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and Wales. Second round highlights include Glasser (New York NY), GRÓA (Reykjavik ICELAND), Gruff Rhys (Cardiff UK-WALES), Ho99o9(Newark NJ), Holly Macve (Brighton UK-ENGLAND), Kikuo (Tokyo JAPAN), LAIR(Jatiwangi INDONESIA), Pink Pablo (San Juan PUERTO RICO), PVA (London UK-ENGLAND), Pylon Reenactment Society (Athens GA), Ralphie Choo (Madrid SPAIN),  RUBIO (Mexico City MEXICO), Sinkane (Brooklyn NY), Sofia Kourtesis(Berlin GERMANY), Sycco (Brisbane AUSTRALIA), Tamera (London UK-ENGLAND), TENGGER (Seoul SOUTH KOREA), and 250 (Seoul SOUTH KOREA).

This is the second of several announcements of genre-defying showcases spanning six nights. Showcases are curated by SXSW programmers in collaboration with record labels, booking agencies, export offices, management and PR firms, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands and festivals. These showcases give attendees the opportunity to experience today’s and tomorrow’s headliners in small-stage performances. Showcase presenters include: Adult Decisions, All The Vibes, ATC Live, Atomic Music Group, Bayonet Records, Breakout West, CareFreeBlackGirl, Chicken Ranch Records, City Slang, Dear Life Records, Dedstrange, Don Giovanni Records, Everything R&B, Father/Daughter Records, Fierce Panda, FOCUS Wales, Island Wave, Italians Do It Better, Gorilla vs. Bear, High Road Touring, Jazz Re:Freshed, The Line of Best Fit, The Loyalty Firm, M for Montreal, Mint Talent Group, Music from Ireland, New West Records, Now Wave, Pop Montreal, Reeperbahn Festival, The Smoke Out, Space Agency, The Spanish Wave, Synásthesie Festival, Taiwan Beats, Tokyo Calling, Traffic Music and Wide Days Scotland.

The second round of artists invited to perform include:

250 (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Afternoon Bike Ride (Montreal CANADA)
Akira Galaxy (Los Angeles CA)
Ako(a子) (Himeji City JAPAN)
Alexander Biggs (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Alex Nicol (Montreal CANADA)
Amis du Teche (Breaux Bridge LA)
Angelo Moore and the Brand New Step (Austin TX)
Anna Smyrk (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Anna Vaverková (Prague CZECHIA)
Another Sky (London UK-ENGLAND)
Arches (Hong Kong HONG KONG)
Askew (London UK-ENGLAND)
Axel Flóvent (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Äyanna (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Ayoub Sisters (London UK-ENGLAND)
Bad Bad Hats (Minneapolis MN)
The Beatbox Collective (London UK-ENGLAND)
beccs (Warehan MA)
Bee Bee Sea (Castel Goffredo ITALY)
Being Dead (Austin TX)
Benjamin Walker (Chile MEXICO)
Bess Atwell (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Bleach Lab (London UK-ENGLAND)
BLK JKS (Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA)
Bloomsday (Brooklyn NY)
Blue Lake (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Boy With Apple (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
BROTHER DEGE (Lafayette LA)
Buffalo Nichols (Milwaukee WI)
Caleb Landry Jones (Garland TX)
Camidoh (Accra GHANA)
Carla Geneve (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Certainly So (Nashville TN)
Cha’keeta B (Austin TX)
Chalk (Belfast UK-N. IRELAND)
Chartreuse (The Black Country UK-ENGLAND)
Chelsea Carmichael (London UK-ENGLAND)
Chiaki Mayumura (Setagya JAPAN)
Chief Cleopatra (Austin TX)
China Bears (Bridgwater UK-ENGLAND)
Chxrry22 (Toronto CANADA)
CLT DRP (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Conchur White (Portadown UK-N. IRELAND)
CURRLS (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Danny Bonilla (Dallas TX)
Dasom Baek (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Daydream Twins (Austin TX)
Dead Tooth (Brooklyn NY)
Delights (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
DICE (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Dirt Buyer (Brooklyn NY)
Discovery Zone (New York NY)
Divorce (Nottingham UK-ENGLAND)
Dobrawa Czocher (Warsaw POLAND)
DOMICO (Tokyo JAPAN)
Do Nothing (Nottingham UK-ENGLAND)
Dream Nails (London UK-ENGLAND)
Dumb Buoys Fishing Club (London UK-ENGLAND)
dust (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Earth Tongue (Wellington NEW ZEALAND)
Eleni Drake (London UK-ENGLAND)
Elisapie (Salluit CANADA)
Elle Shimada (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Ellie Bleach (London UK-ENGLAND)
Emily Barker (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Emily Frembgen (Brooklyn NY)
Emma Aibara (Yokohama JAPAN)
Enola Gay (Belfast UK-N. IRELAND)
Etta Bond (London UK-ENGLAND)
fantasy of a broken heart (Brooklyn NY)
Fat Dog (London UK-ENGLAND)
FAZI 法兹 (Xi’an CHINA)
Field Guide (Winnipeg CANADA)
Folk Bitch Trio (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
FONTINE (Winnipeg CANADA)
Forest Claudette (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Friedberg (Berlin GERMANY)
Fust (Durham NC)
Gavin James (Dublin IRELAND)
Glasser (New York NY)
Glixen (Phoenix AZ)
Good Looks (Austin TX)
Grandbrothers (Berlin GERMANY)
GRÓA (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Gruff Rhys (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Gurriers (Dublin IRELAND)
HALLEY (Waseda JAPAN)
Harvest Thieves (Austin TX)
Hause Plants (Lisbon PORTUGAL)
The HawtThorns (Nashville TN)
HIEN (Budapest HUNGARY)
HighSchool (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Hinako Omori (London UK-ENGLAND)
HMS Morris (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Ho99o9 (Newark NJ)
Holly Macve (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Hooks & The Huckleberries (Albuquerque NM)
Hour (Philadelphia PA)
The Howdies (Athens GA)
Humour (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
HYPNOSIS THERAPY (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
IFE (New Orleans LA)
Iona Zajac (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Iris Jean (Alkmaar NETHERLANDS)
Izo FitzRoy (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jack Barksdale (Fort Worth TX)
Jack Harris (Cleveland OH)
JADA (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jad Fair and the Placebos (Manor TX)
Jaimee Harris (Nashville TN)
JÁNA (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Jazz re:freshed DJs (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jeannel (Berlin GERMANY)
Jeshi (London UK-ENGLAND)
JFDR (Reykjavík ICELAND)
JM Stevens (Austin TX)
Jon Muq (Austin TX)
Jon Vinyl (Toronto CANADA)
Juani Mustard (Viña Del Mar CHILE)
JUANPALITOSCHINOS (Mexico City MEXICO)
Justin Webb (Nashville TN)
Kali Claire (London UK-ENGLAND)
Ken Yates (London CANADA)
Kikuo (Tokyo JAPAN)
Kroi (Tokyo JAPAN)
LAIR (Jatiwangi INDONESIA)
Laney Tripp (New Smyrna Beach CA)
Larry Seaman (Austin TX)
Laura-Mary Carter (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Laura Misch (London UK-ENGLAND)
Lauren Housley & The Northern Cowboys (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
Lauren Lakis (Austin TX)
L E M F R E C K (Newport UK-WALES)
Library Card (Rotterdam NETHERLANDS)
Lindsay Beaver & Brad Stivers (Austin TX)
Lisa Morales (Austin TX)
Logan Crosby (Milledgeville GA)
Logan Halstead (Powell County KY)
Los Cogelones (Mexico MEXICO)
Lottery Winners (Leigh UK-ENGLAND)
Madam Radar (Austin TX)
Malugi (Berlin GERMANY)
Mama Terra (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
The Manatees (Southampton UK-ENGLAND)
maxime. (Montreal CANADA)
May Rio (Brooklyn NY)
Meagre Martin (Berlin GERMANY)
Mia June (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Mick Flannery (Cork IRELAND)
Minas (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Miranda and the Beat (Brooklyn NY)
Miranda del Sol (New York NY)
MØAA (Seattle WA)
Moody Bank$ (Austin TX)
Nagasaki Swim (Rotterdam NETHERLANDS)
Natalie Jane Hill (Asheville NC)
Native Harrow (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
néomí (Den Haag NETHERLANDS)
NeOne Wonderer (Wolverhampton UK-ENGLAND)
Neon Waltz (John O’groats UK-SCOTLAND)
Night Lunch (Montreal CANADA)
NOBRO (Montreal CANADA)
O. (London UK-ENGLAND)
Omni (Atlanta GA)
OSKA (Vienna AUSTRIA)
PAPISA (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Pelvis Wrestley (Austin TX)
Perennial (Amherst MA)
Pink Pablo (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
Planet Giza (Montreal CANADA)
Plastic Palms (Turin ITALY)
poolblood (Toronto CANADA)
Population II (Montreal CANADA)
Presence (Camarillo CA)
The Psychotic Monks (Saint-Ouen FRANCE)
PVA (London UK-ENGLAND)
Pylon Reenactment Society (Athens GA)
Rainbow Girls (Bodega CA)
Ralphie Choo (Madrid SPAIN)
The Rare Occasions (Los Angeles CA)
Redbud (Austin TX)
rEDOLENT (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Robby Hecht (Nashville TN)
Rodeo Boys (Lansing MI)
Rory James (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
RUBIO (Mexico City MEXICO)
Sam Williams (Paris TN)
San Gabriel (Austin TX)
San Saba County (Austin TX)
Seafoam Walls (Miami FL)
Selfish Sons (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
She’s In Parties (Colchester UK-ENGLAND)
Sinkane (Brooklyn NY)
Skateland (Austin TX)
SNACKTIME (Philadelphia PA)
Soda Blonde (Dublin IRELAND)
Sofia Kourtesis (Berlin GERMANY)
Sofi Paez (Berlin GERMANY)
Softee (Moorhead MN)
South Summit (Perth AUSTRALIA)
SPRINTS (Dublin IRELAND)
Stuck in the Sound (Paris FRANCE)
Styrofoam Winos (Nashville TN)
Sui Zhen (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
The Sully Band (San Diego CA)
Sultan Stevenson (London UK-ENGLAND)
Swallow the Rat (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Sycco (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Talia Goddess (Brooklyn NY)
Tamera (London UK-ENGLAND)
Teenage Sequence (Fort-Worth TX)
Telehealth (Seattle WA)
TENGGER (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
t e s t p r e s s (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Texas String Assembly (Austin TX)
TFD (Total Fucking Darkness)
(Vancouver CANADA)
This Is Lorelei (New York NY)
THUS LOVE (Brattleboro VT)
The Tiarras (Austin TX)
Tokyo Syoki Syodo (Shimokitazawa JAPAN)
TRACY DE SA (Sevres FRANCE)
Tufan Derince (Diyarbakir TURKEY)
twst (Barry UK-WALES)
Venus Twins (Brooklyn NY)
Vera Sola (Los Angeles CA)
The Vices (Groningen NETHERLANDS)
The View (Dundee UK-SCOTLAND)
VLURE (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Vulva Voce (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Water Damage (Austin TX)
William The Conqueror (Newquay UK-ENGLAND)
Wyldest (London UK-ENGLAND)
The XCERTS (Aberdeen UK-SCOTLAND)
Yb. (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
YHWH Nailgun (New York NY)
Yo Diablo (Valencia SPAIN)
Yogetsu Akasaka (Tokyo JAPAN)
YU-KA (Tokyo JAPAN)
Zheani (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Zoon (Winnipeg CANADA)
ZÓRA (Budapest HUNGARY)
zouz (Montréal CANADA)
(This list is subject to change. More performers will be announced at later dates.)
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Listen to the artists who will be performing at SXSW 2024 by subscribing to the official SXSW Spotify and YouTube Music Video playlists.

Navigating within the music business and meeting the people who know how to advance careers is the focus of the Conference. All SXSW Music registrants receive primary access to music-focused Conference programming with emphasis on Music & Tech and Music Careers, Music Mentor Sessions & Workshops, Keynotes and Featured Speakers, Music Festival showcases, the Comedy Festival, exhibitions, networking Meet Ups, the Flatstock Poster Show, Registrant Lounge, Festival Shuttles, and Closing BBQ & Softball tournament. Secondary access is available for most Interactive and Film events.

The online SXSW Schedule provides a complete rundown of 2024 programming, broken down by time and event category, with the ability to build a customized schedule. Please visit https://schedule.sxsw.com/.

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film and television, music, education, and culture. An essential destination for global professionals, the annual March event features sessions, music, and comedy showcases, film and television screenings, exhibitions, professional development, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2024 will take place March 8-16 in Austin. Learn more at sxsw.com. To register for the event, please visit sxsw.com/attend.

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Open-Air Festival Balaton Sound Announces 1st Phase Line-Up w/ Nico Moreno, Paul Kalkbrenner, Purple Disco Machine, James Hype & more

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The breathtaking Heineken Balaton Sound is one of the largest open-air events in Europe with a carefully curated and cultured mix of diverse electronic headliners who play an unreal location next to the gorgeous Lake Balaton in Zamárdi, Hungary. It returns from 3 – 6 July 2024 when people will be treated to the world’s most iconic EDM headliners and underground names from across the house and techno spectrum over more than five bespoke stages including James Hype, Purple Disco Machine, Paul Kalkbrenner, John Newman, Marshmello, Lost Frequencies, Timmy Trumpet, Ben Nicky, Will Sparks, Nervo, Switch Disco and Nick Moreno. 4-Day Passes are available for just €199 from www.balatonsound.com.

 

Since its first edition in 2007, Heineken Balaton Sound has provided great value for money and comes from the team behind the legendary Sziget Festival, so you can be sure that every single detail is taken care of with all of their experience. It is recognised for having breathtaking stages which are located right next to the glistening open waters of Lake Balaton. Heineken Balaton Sound is always bathed in hot sun so is more than just a festival – it is a unique holiday experience with a world class line up that covers the most interesting aspects of several different electronic genres.

 

For this reason, it is an epic showcase and supersized event with music lovers from all over Europe making an annual pilgrimage to experience the thrill of the Main Stage, with its vast LED wall; the beauty of the house and techno oriented B My Lake stage and many more intimate stages across the site, all with cutting edge audio-visuals, lights and serious sound systems.

 

Stunning location
Lake Balaton is a real holiday hotspot, offering the ideal combination of festival and holiday. You can relax in warm and sunny weather by day at the lake, then dance all night long to a diverse selection of the world’s biggest electronic artists in a natural location while there is also the option to take a roadtrip to explore the capital, Budapest. The festival offers superb VIP experiences which provide access to the fast lane and three or four VIP areas with extra services, sanitation, food and drink options.

 

Balaton Sound’s project manager Anna Filutás says: “In our very first announcement, we’ve been preparing with real world stars and crowd favourites. We’ll be joined by this year’s e.g. Grammy-winning Purple Disco Machine, one of the most charismatic figures on the current dance scene, James Hype, and Paul Kalkbrenner, the underground electronica superstar. Marshmello is coming with his new album and Timmy Trumpet, who always comes to the Sound with great energy. And also John Newman, showing his new era on the dance podium”.

 

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The 2024 line-up is bold once again, including mask wearing multi-genre DJ/producer Marshmello; one of the UK’s most prominent electronic artists, James Hype; chart topping multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, icon and producer John Newman and Germany’s Grammy award winning classic disco party starter Purple Disco Machine.

 

Also announced is techno maestro Paul Kalkbrenner; Belgian superstar Lost Frequencies; award-winning EDM hero Timmy Trumpet and Australian twin duo festival favourites Nervo. The likes of Ben Nicky, Will Sparks, Nico Moreno and Switch Disco make up the first phase line-up announcement for the festival’s 2024 edition with many more huge names still to be announced.

 

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There is an endless amount of adventure to be had at Heineken Balaton Sound 2024 with walkabouts, fashion shows, sports, dance workshops, techno yoga and much more. The festival has a wealth of food options to choose from including vegetarian, gluten free and lactose-free. There are plenty of different accommodation options to cover all budgets both on site but also in bigger local cities.

 

This most impressive open air celebration is a real must visit for festival lovers everywhere, so be sure to get your tickets now to Heineken Balaton Sound 2024.

 

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Alicia Keys Reflects on the 20th Anniversary of ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ With Apple Music,First Grammys Experience & Learning To Celebrate Herself

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Alicia Keys Reflects on the 20th Anniversary of ’The Diary of Alicia Keys’…

I’m reflecting back to “The Diary of Alicia Keys”. I’m reflecting back to this being my second offering to the world. There was so much that changed for me. There was so much that was different than it had ever been before in my life. Obviously a girl born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen in Harlem, never had travelled like that. You don’t travel like that. Where do you go? You go to Jersey. Maybe you’re going to get to Connecticut. There’s not really a tonne of places that I had gone at the time, but thanks to the Songs in A Minor. I travelled the whole world.

Here I was kind of coming back. I remember things like washing my dishes, doing my laundry, going shopping.

On ‘Nobody Not Really’ being the first song she started to work on and it being the last song on the album…

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I remember that moment so vividly. I was coming from whatever airport, because I was coming from whatever airport, getting into whatever car. There was a boy, a boy. He was selling candy. I was like, “Yeah, I’ll buy the candy.” You know what I mean? He was asking me if I would buy some candy. Then I was like, “Yeah, I’ll buy the candy from you.” I started asking him about himself. “What’s your name? Where are you from? Where’d you grow up?” I just asked him all these questions. His energy and his vibe at the time, I wonder if he remembers this the way that I remember this, but his energy and a vibe at the time, I could tell that things weren’t the easiest for him. He had been through a lot.

I also remember just feeling like who was asking him anything about his life? Who was asking him what he had experienced or caring about what he might be losing sleep over or scared about or anything like that? I remember leaving that moment with that young man, and that’s what made me write Nobody Not Really. The first line is, “Who really cares when I talk, what I think, what I feel? Nobody, not really.”

That was just what I felt, and even for myself, people care about what benefits them, but a lot of times people aren’t really actually interested in what you are really going through.

On Clive Davis…

Listen, I learned a lot from him. I’ve learned a lot from him and I really appreciate … He said to me one time, he interviewed me and he said to me that he always approaches everything with how can I, he’s talking, how can I ensure the win? He’s making sure that everything he puts his hand on is going to win. Every single thing. He’s going to make sure every dot is … Everyone one is dot, every T is crossed. He’s going to make sure that every … I learned a lot from when he said that because I think a lot of the times as a human, definitely as an artist, a lot of times we are just reacting to what’s happening to us as opposed to ensuring that whatever is coming our way is by design.

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On what happened after she won at her first Grammys…

We were so shocked that I don’t even feel like we celebrated like that. I remember after the Grammys, that first Grammys, I remember we all just went home. I remember I sat in my hotel room. I was just like … Because it just felt like that. What are you supposed to do? It’s shock. It’s shocking. It’s literally shocking. I don’t know that we celebrated as much as maybe we should have even because I think I learned how to celebrate myself more way later. Way later, I started to celebrate, and that was more …

On her husband Swizz Beatz teaching her to celebrate herself more…

Swizz taught me that. He definitely taught me that. You know, he’s right. You do have to have take a moment to give thanks and be grateful. And enjoy the times that you have to enjoy because it’s rare that you get those moments.

On the difference between her first two albums ‘Songs in A Minor’ and ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’…

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Man, so much was different between that first one and that second one between, ‘Songs in A Minor’ and ‘Diary of Alicia Keys’. The second one, I was just starting to discover who else I could be beyond what I thought that I already was. I wasn’t ready to really be fully that person because it was new. If you even notice down to the details, it was the first time I… The Songs in A Minor, my hair was all braided. In Diary, my hair was half braided. Again, that was just me even first experimenting with what does it feel like when I change this? People knew me so specifically for cornrows.

It was a big, big thing. I spent hours and hours in my day braiding my hair. It was like a special ritual. You know what I mean? To become who I already was, but this kind of presented version of myself. Then I started to undo that, and in a lot of ways I was undoing what I thought that I was and discovering who I was becoming.

On classical music and her classical training especially when she was younger in her career…

It’s a pain in the ass. It just is. I know. I feel it is, but there was also like, yes, the action of practice, practicing  anything, a practice that you’re dedicating yourself to and having to be dedicated to in order to find momentum in… Is definitely highs and lows. You have the joy of accomplishing something that you never thought you could at the beginning. The beginning when I would open these pieces or try to play them, I was so scared of them. I was terrified of them. You have to see the black and white notes on the page, and they look endless. There’s 16, 18, 25 pages of music that you’re needing to get through in order to complete this entire suite or this opus. Or whatever it might be, or these movements. At first I’d be terrified, but as you find yourself pushing yourself through one measure at a time, I’m going to learn these two measures. And I’m going to learn these next two measures, and then I’m going to put them together.

On the song “Heartburn” and working with Timbaland…

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I cannot believe this, but I’ve really only made one record with Timbaland. But Heartburn is such a special energy. It really does capture the soulfulness of Timbaland. I’ve always loved Timbaland’s songs, and I think that there’s such a frenetic energy that he captures in even the most soulful ways. It just doesn’t make sense. Today, Swiss will be on the phone with Tim and be like, “Yo, listen to this.” And Tim will be in the studio doing something crazy. I think just being in that space with him and being able to create and taking that moment, it was so simple. It was just-

On keeping the momentum from her first album and bringing that energy into ‘Diary’…

I definitely saw my own growth between ‘Songs in A Minor’ and ‘Diary’ vocally. Vocally, because I was the first time that I was toured so extensively, and the first time that I was able to really understand what it takes. Probably the first time I was able to watch myself and say, “Ooh, we got to be tighter with this or better with that, or.” You don’t get to see that if you’ve never done it before. And so I really grew a lot from that experience, and I saw myself really growing. And part of what I think is one of my own writer techniques is that the song is always going to be a little bit out of reach.

And ‘Diary’ was an anomaly. It was definitely writing itself on the ‘Songs In A Minor’ tour. And I would sit down every day and I would be like… And I knew it came naturally. And I couldn’t write it for the whole time, I couldn’t write it. The chorus were there and I knew they were so beautiful, but I didn’t know what they wanted to say.

On “You Don’t Know My Name” and working with a young Kanye West…

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It’s crazy, this record and I love this song so much. And I love how people have loved this song so much, even to the point where all over TikTok, you’ll see people reenacting the entire talking part of the record. It’s incredible. But working with Kanye at that time, he was a baby. We were both definitely babies. I’m still a baby. Exactly.But at that moment, we just were just all passion and all love and it was so cool to be able to experience that moment where we were both just finding out who we were. And so You Don’t Know My Name, which definitely was that vibe, I’ll never forget that day in the studio with him. That was the first time…

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