September 30, 2013
Celebrities Flock to TAO Downtown Grand Opening in NYC!
Hollywood heavyweights Katie Holmes, Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vergara, Gerard Butler and Brooke Shields were just some of the notable faces who came out to celebrate the grand opening of TAO Downtown in New York City. It was a star-studded evening to celebrate TAO’s second location in NYC. The new 30,000 square foot venue was designed by architect David Rockwell with art murals created by HUSH.
KEEP READING for more HOT SHOTS and details of the night…Read More
September 29, 2013
Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Kings of Leon & Stevie Wonder Headline Annual Global Citizen Festival
Musicians, politicians, celebrities and other public figures came together on Saturday afternoon (Sept 28) to help end global poverty at the annual Global Citizen Festival in NYC’s Central Park. This year’s headliners included Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Kings of Leon and a much-hyped finale by Stevie Wonder who performed for 60,000 people at The Great Lawn. Janelle Monae, Elvis Costello and Will.i.am also made appearances.
“Together, we can put every girl and boy in school,” said secretary Ban Ki-moon. “We can stop diseases. We can empower the world’s women and and protect our environment, this beautiful planet that is our only home.”
Or, as Wonder aptly put it: “We can end extreme poverty in our lifetime—because together we can work it out, and we will reach our higher ground.”Read More
February 8, 2013
Clive Davis: Billboard Power 100 Issue “Record Breaker”
To know Clive Davis is to love him. And most of America’s top selling artists have worked very closely with him, including the late Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Tony Bennett, Alicia Keys, Usher and many more!
The legendary music man was celebrated this week at an event at L.A. hot spot The Redbury, where Billboard revealed their 2013 Power 100 List at an exclusive event, presented by Citi®, with leading music industry professionals.
The evening culminated with Clive Davis being honored with the Billboard Musical Visionary Award for his A&R work. The award will be renamed to Billboard’s Clive Davis Musical Visionary Award for future recipients.
This weekend, at the annual GRAMMY Awards, Clive will hold his annual party and will honor the life of Whitney Houston. After the jump, the Power 100 list and video of Clive and R&B artist Miguel talking about about Whitney.Read More
February 4, 2013
Super Bowl 2013 Celebrity Hot Shots: Where Did They Party & With Who?
KEEP READING FOR MORE SUPER BOWL HOT SHOTS AND SIGHTINGS!Read More
November 27, 2012
VIDEO: Alicia Keys Lights Up New York City Skyline — WATCH THIS!!!!
New York City just got soooooo much cooler… all thanks to megasuperstar Alicia Keys!
At 9:00 p.m. ET on November 26th, Alicia helped kick off the most KICK ASS light show by flipping the switch on The Empire State Building, prompting a synchronized showcase of two of her hottest tracks—her single from her new album “Girl on Fire,” followed by (one of my ultimate favorite songs ever) “Empire State of Mind.”
This is the coolest part ever though– all Clear Channel radio stations—Z100, 103.5 KTU, Power105, and 106.7 Lite fm—all simultaneously played the music to the light show. (Apparently the new state-of-the-art LED technology the building has installed features 16 million colors. Incredible.)
Big lights will inspire you. Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York!
Watch this amazingness!!!!!!!!!Read More
September 26, 2011
Five Best “HOT SHOTS!” From The iHeartRadio Music Festival!
Missed the iHeartRadio Music Festival over the weekend?
MJ was in the house and on the red carpet backstage at the MGM Resort and “peach picked” these five photos until our video footage is ready for your viewing pleasure.
The music fest, which was dubbed “the biggest live music event in radio,” was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and brought out some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Steven Tyler, The Black Eyed Peas, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Sting, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Rascal Flatts, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Sublime with Rome and Jeff Beck.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival weekend was filled with exclusive performances from a star-infused lineup, with many special guest attendees and presenters including Emmy and Grammy Award winning superstar Justin Timberlake (who introduced Lady Gaga); Twilight’s Ashley Greene; Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D; “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson and others.
Video footage from the red carpet coming soon!
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September 22, 2011
Can’t Make It To The iHeartRadio Music Festival? Watch It Online!!!
They’re calling it the “biggest live music event in radio history” so if you can’t make it, you won’t want to miss it!
We have all the deets for you so that you don’t miss any of the action. In fact, MJ just landed in Las Vegas and will be live tweeting all the action (from backstage!) so be sure to follow @MicahJesse for live #sweeTweets!
To view the live stream, go to www.iHeartRadio.com/vegas to catch the live stream during the two-day festival!
Friday, September 23rd @ 7 pm PST
Performers Include: Alicia Keys, The Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Coldplay, Jane’s Addiction, Jay-Z & Kelly Clarkson
Saturday, September 24th @ 7 pm PST
Performers Include: David Guetta, Jennifer Lopez, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts, Steven Tyler & Sublime with Rome
Special Guest Performances By: Sting, Usher and Jeff BeckRead More
August 17, 2011
Alicia Keys Presents: ‘Stick Fly’ On Broadway!
“I’m beyond excited about being a part of the magic of Broadway! May we find magic in everyday ;-)” singer Alicia Keys wrote on her Official Facebook fan page on Tuesday night (Aug 16) about her upcoming Broadway production debut.
“Stick Fly” chronicles the interactions and revelations within a well-to-do black family at its home in Martha’s Vineyard. Ms. Keys said in a statement that the play “is so beautifully written and portrays black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment.”
Performances begin at the Cort Theater in NYC on November 18th! Check out the Official “Stick Fly” website for more information and to get your tickets now.
Watch the teaser video for “Stick Fly” featuring commentary by Alicia — after the jump! (more…)Read More
July 27, 2011
John Legend: Dropping Out Of School Is Not An Option!
Micah Jesse sat down with John Legend at the P&G GIVE Education “School the Nation” campaign where the 9-time Grammy award winning recording artist was on hand to help fight the drop-out crisis in schools.
Micah Jesse: Obviously education is extremely important to you…what would your advice be to a student who is contemplating dropping out of school?
John Legend: My advice to them is, ‘it’s just NOT an option!’ There is no logical incentive for anybody to drop out of high school because the options that you have coming out of high school early without a degree, without a diploma are so limited in this country. We already have high unemployment… The unemployment rate is 9% but its only 4% for college graduates…so it makes big difference weather or not you graduate from college and the only way your going to get there is if you graduate from High School.
So, to me, as a student, it’s a no-brainer. Dropping out of high school is not an option. If you look at it that way you have to say, “ill do whatever it takes!” Ask for help, get tutoring, get mentoring, whatever it takes.
But that doesn’t let adults off the hook. Because adults have to do the right thing to provide support to kids to make sure they don’t drop out of school. To make sure they’re not that frustrated to the point where they feel like they have to drop out. That starts young. That starts with great teaching, great principals, everything. We need school systems that are set up to give kids the support they need to graduate and Communities and Schools is filling in the gap. Where maybe schools don’t have all the resources to do these things, Communities and Schools are doing all that, which is why we are here to support them.
To read more from out chat with the “legend” himself…keep reading! (more…)Read More
May 22, 2011
Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak’s Summer Workout Tips! – EXCLUSIVE
It’s Summertime, so the beaches are heating up, and MJ‘s favorite stars are bearing their bikini bods for the pages of the magazines. But so many people want to know how they, too, can look like the stars… Well, who better to ask than trainer-to-the-stars Harley Pasternak (trainer to stars like Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Halle Berry, and Alicia Keys)?
MJ: What is the biggest misconception (or what are the biggest misconceptions) about how to lose weight the right way?
Harley: I think the biggest misconception that people have about losing weight the right way is that you have to spend three or four hours a day at the gym or that they have to starve yourself. The truth is, it’s not necessary. You can spend as little as 25 minutes a day at the gym and eat five times a day and still get fantastic results. The key to losing weight the right way, is not about maximizing the amount of exercise that you do, but optimizing it. It’s not about starving yourself, but eating the right foods and the right amount. When you starve yourself, you’re actually slowing down your metabolism and setting yourself up for future weight gain. So don’t starve yourself, don’t spend hours a day at the gym and whatever you do, ask yourself, ‘can I keep this up for the rest of my life?’ If the answer is no, don’t start.
MJ: You train Lady Gaga (among many other stars) and I have always been impressed with her endurance while on stage. She’s singing like crazy while dancing like a maniac. What’s the key to having good endurance? How does one “build up” their endurance?
Harley: Endurance isn’t about maximizing your intensity or increasing the amount you can lift. You need to gradually build up your endurance and work on increasing the length of time you do an exercise at a certain intensity. So don’t get discouraged if your endurance isn’t at the level as Lady Gaga…yet! Just keep training and keep a positive attitude.
MJ: Jennifer Hudson looks incredible but she couldn’t have lost all the weight on just Weight Watchers alone. She had to do some serious training in the gym. How many hours would you estimate J-Hud spends working out nowadays to maintain her bod? What kinds of exercises did you do with J-Hud to slim down her figure?
Harley: Many people overestimate the amount of time celebs train at the gym. Often times, many celebrities are just as busy as anyone else. Jennifer Hudson is an incredible woman and a great client. To get Jennifer in the shape that she’s in now, she gradually increased the amount of cardio that she did on a daily basis. We got her taking walks with her baby and we slowly added in resistance training. She started doing these 25 minute 5 factor workouts daily and adding that in along with her nutrition program. And she went from doing one a day once a week resistant workouts to two, three, four, five times a week and now exercise is just a part of her everyday life.
MJ: It’s Summertime so people are headed to the beach. What are some of your favorite beach (or poolside!) workouts ala Matthew Mcconaughey?
Harley: The beach is a great place to do exercise! There are many different exercises you can do on the beach. You can go for a walk or go running. You can put a towel down, get a suntan and every once in a while do some abdominal movements or squats. What’s great about the beach is it’s not a flat surface, so simple exercises can challenge different muscles and different parts of your body.
Text the word “Centrum” to 89800 for a chance to fly to LA for a personal training session with Harley and check their Facebook page for more special offers.
February 2, 2011
UNSTAGED REWIND! AmEx to Rebroadcast Grammy Nominee Performances!
“Music’s Biggest Night” is just around the corner!
In honor of GRAMMY nominees John Legend & The Roots, Alicia Keys, and Arcade Fire, American Express will rebroadcast select performances from their American Express “Unstaged” concert series from February 7th to the 16th.
Mark your calendars!
Launched in August 2010, “Unstaged” allows fans to live-stream concerts from some of the most talented musicians in the business. To see these rebroadcasted performances from these nominees, you can log on to the artists’ dedicated VEVO pages on YouTube:
MJ can’t wait to attend the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13th, and what better way to get excited then to re-live performances from these talented nominees?
December 1, 2010
QUIT TWIT! Celebs Quit Social Media For Charity!
As part of the Digital Life Sacrifice, a campaign benefiting Alicia Keys‘ AIDS charity Keep A Child Alive, a handful of celebs will say “BYESIES!” to their social media accounts until the charity has raised $1 million dollars — and that’s starting today!
Yes, today, Wednesday (Dec 1). But don’t worry, once $1,000,000 (yes, that’s six 0′s), the participants will sign back on!
Celebrities taking part include Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Seacrest, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Elijah Wood, Serena Williams, Janelle Monae and of course, Alicia’s hubs Swizz Beatz.
For the campaign, the stars have filmed “last tweet and testament” videos and will appear in adverts showing them lying in coffins to represent their ‘digital deaths’. Keys said no one she has approached had turned her down, explaining: “Once I got people on the phone and I was able to paint the concept for them, everybody was in.”
How long do you think it will take to raise the money? And which celeb do you think will make the most money?? MJ‘s bet is on Gaga!
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November 22, 2010
Beyonce Debuts “I Am…World Tour” Concert Film! – VIDEO
While many of Hollywood’s heavyweights were out in Los Angeles at the American Music Awards last night, the New York celebs were at Beyonce‘s “I Am… World Tour” screening!
The 90-minute special will be airing on Thanksgiving night at 9:30 on ABC, and will be a combination of performance clips from the tour as well as backstage moments.
We can’t freakin’ wait!!!!
Beyonce, who rocked a Naeem Khan dress, Lorraine Schwartz jewels, and Christian Louboutin shoes, got up on the mic before the screening and thanked everyone for coming out!
Celebs spotted at the event included Mary J Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Amel Larrieux, Tyson Beckford, Alicia Keys and TV host AJ Calloway.
Both of Bey’s parents were also there. Love that! Put those divorce rumors to rest!!!!Read More
October 17, 2010
It’s A Boy! Congratz To Alicia & Swizz!
Congrats to the happy couple on the newest addition their family… a baby boy!
Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz “Kaseem Dean” Beatz, “joyfully welcomed their first child,” son Egypt Daoud Dean, on Oct. 14 in New York City, reps for the couple confirm in a statement to PEOPLE.
Swizz tweeted, “I’m so thankful for everything I been blessed with in my life wowwwwww! #realtalk” and Alicia later tweeted,”There is no word to properly describe LOVE, to describe BLISS, to express a FEELING like this!!! Thank U 4 your love, support & prayers! ;-)”
May 12, 2010
MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE! Alicia Keys – “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”
Glamazon Alicia Keys has a new video and it’s scorching hot!
The heat factor is turned way up in her new video for “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” with a cameo by the delish Chad Michael Murray!
“Un-Thinkable” is the fourth single from Alicia’s newest album, The Element of Freedom.Read More