Monday, November 26, 2012

For Alicia Keys, a House Divided Can Still Stand

In Alicia Keys’s new video for “Girl on Fire,” the title track for her new album, we see her helping an elder, preparing food for kids, and doing some light housework.

In “Everyday Birthday,” the latest video from Keys’s husband Swizz Beatz, we see the producer/rapper cavorting about Cannes, France with Chris Brown and Ludacris, hitting clubs and getting into all manner of mischief.

In a recent interview with Keys, we had to ask her about the contrast in styles. With such radically different musical messages, how do Keys and Swizz Beatz make it work?

“We’re two whole completely different artists,” Keys said, laughing. “He’s always made a more high-octane frenetic kind of music. And I’ve always made a more soulful, passionate music. So naturally the two sounds are going to create different visuals.”

The two combine their talents in other ways–Beatz helped produce Keys’s new album, and the two both do work for Reebok.

For more on Keys go to Singer Gets Down to Business.

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