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8 Things We Learned About Alicia Keys from Her 'Wendy' Interview

Today, Alicia Keys juggles many hats as a mom, wife, singer, philanthropist, and actress. Honestly, we're not even sure how she does it so well all while remaining her humble and poised self.

The R&B chanteuse took some time out of her schedule and stopped by the "Wendy Williams Show" yesterday (Nov. 12) to promote her new children's book, but of course being the gossip and hot topics queen that Wendy is, she saved questions regarding the book for last. From the due date and sex of her burgeoning bundle of joy to married life and successfully maintaining a blended family Keys was an open book— somewhat.

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The Deans may have a New Years baby.

With the glow of motherhood radiating over her already naturally beautiful face, Alicia announced that the baby is due at the end of December. She also revealed to Wendy that, "They said New Years Eve. I really think it's an adorable date but we'll see."

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The sex of the baby is a secret. 

"We know. We're not sharing yet, but we're super excited," Keys laughed. The Harlem native dodged Wendy's questions regarding the sex of the baby wittingly answering "Egypt is ready to be a big brother."

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She compares her relationship with husband, Swizz Beatz, to one of kindred spirits.

The Carters who? After four years of marriage it's safe to say that the Deans are crazy in love, and having known each other for what feels like a forever to Keys they were truly meant to be.

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Birthday competitions are big between Alicia and Swizz.

"We've come to start doing competitions. I don't know how it started but we now have birthday competitions. It's fun because I want to outdo him and he wants to outdo me," she said.  This year, Alicia surprised Swizz with a grandeur Coming to America themed birthday party.

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Alicia is co-founder of the Keep a Child Alive Charity.

"It's a big deal for me. It's like my child. It's like my baby. It's one of the first things I got involved with when I was only 21," Alicia told Wendy. The singer is also a true renaissance woman as the charity provides the medicine for children and families with AIDS that can't afford it.

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Having more kids isn't necessarily on her radar right now.

"I'm not sure. We should probably get through this one first," Alicia hesitantly laughed.

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Alicia credits simply being an adult to her successfully blended family.

There is no secret that Alicia and Swizz's ex-wife Mashonda have come together as two strong women for the sake of their kids and we appluad that. Alicia dished, "It's about the kids, and so when everybody is able to be an adult, which we all are able to be, there's actually a beautiful value about the way we can influence each other's lives and the lives of the kids."

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Her new children's book Blue Moon: From the Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee builds upon the important relationship between child, mother, and grandparent.

Alicia revealed, "We really modeled the relationship after myself and my grandmother." With an absentee father for most of her life she has built very strong relationships with her mother and grandmother who have been her support system since day one.

 

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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