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Alicia Keys drops 'Girl on Fire' video and album tracklist: See it here

We almost thought that this might be the extended director’s cut of that ubiquitous Citibank commercial. But no — it’s the actual “Girl on Fire” video, ready for your eyeballs.

As Keys told us back in August, the title “Girl on Fire” — which is the name of her upcoming fifth album as well as its lead single — reflects “evolution and becoming more conscious and aware of who I am and what kind of life I want to have. You don’t just have to take the s— they dish out to you; you don’t have to take it.”

As for the song’s Sophie Muller-directed video, it features Keys looking more like a woman on fire as she lounges around her bedroom bathed in vividly deep colors. Treat your rods and cones with the striking clip below:

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On the Charts: Matchbox Twenty earn first No. 1, Imagine Dragons take flight, Alicia Keys not yet 'On Fire'

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Straight up, what did you hope to learn about here?

Oh, you wanted some chart news? Well, then you’re in the right place.

Sixteen years after the release of their debut album, Matchbox Twenty earned its first number one album on the Billboard 200 this week. Their latest set, North, sold 95,000 copies in its first seven days. The album’s success is a  testament to the rockers’ loyal fans, considering the disc’s lead single “Shes So Mean” peaked last week at No. 40 on the Hot 100.

The Rob Thomas-led crew formerly found massive success with their 1996 debut Yourself or Someone Like You, which peaked at No. 5 but was certified 12x platinum (oh, the how the music industry has changed…). North won’t likely reach those heights, but the No. 1 spot is still an impressive honor for the nostalgia-fueled act.

Time will tell whether fellow 1990s stalwarts Green Day and No Doubt can match Matchbox Twenty’s resilience, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

The 2012 MTV VMAs: Seven questions going into the show

About 20 years ago, everybody made the same joke: “How can MTV have a Video Music Awards when they don’t air videos anymore?” (And in our comments section, people still make that same joke every year.)

But think about it, has the show ever been about the actual Moonmen as much as it is about the zeitgeisty memes, outsized personalities, and general pageantry of the broadcast?

Think about last year’s show: While everybody remembers the Beyoncé baby-bump reveal, Lady Gaga’s drag show, and Adele’s tear-jerking triumph, does anybody recall what clip won Video of the Year? (It was Katy Perry’s “Firework.”) This year’s show, which beams live from Los Angeles’ massive Staples Center Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern, prides itself on first-run moments, including new tracks from Green Day and Alicia Keys and the first live performances of new singles by Taylor Swift and Pink.

But since there’s not a whole lot of investment in the winner of Best Male Video (unless you literally have invested something with your local bookie), here are the seven questions you should keep on your mind if you tune in. (And even if you don’t, you’re still invited to hang out with the Music Mix tomorrow evening, as we’ll have a live blog, photo galleries, and a full breakdown of the show’s best performances and biggest moments.)

How will host Kevin Hart do?
The VMAs have had some pretty big names host the show before, though there have really only been a handful of memorable ones (see: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and pre-Fox News Dennis Miller). In the last few years, the role of host has been either ignored completely (neither the 2011 or 2007 shows had hosts) or given to people ill-suited for the job (Russell Brand, Chelsea Handler, and Jack Black all sort of punted it). READ FULL STORY

Alicia Keys debuts new single 'Girl on Fire': Hear it here

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Let’s get one thing clear right out of the gate: According to the singer herself, Alicia Keys’ new single “Girl on Fire” has nothing to do with The Hunger Games.

Keys’ new single, from her forthcoming album of the same name, comes in two versions: A subtle, smokey “Blue Light” iteration, and a big, thumping, Nicki Minaj-assisted take called “Inferno.”

We prefer the latter, where Minaj steals the show (as she is wont to do), and the garage-influenced backbeat helps prop up a relatively weak hook. But give both versions a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Alicia Keys talks to EW about her upcoming 'Girl on Fire', reveals new album cover

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For our Fall Music Preview, on stands tomorrow, we spoke to Alicia Keys about her upcoming album, Girl on Fire, due Nov. 27  — and she had plenty to say about the recording process, getting the tiniest member of her family in the studio, and why that title is not a reference to a certain bow-and-arrow-wielding girl warrior. Read on:

EW: Let’s start with your album title, Girl on Fire. I know that you wrote that you wanted to make a change in your life and represent a new journey and a fresh start, but is the title also influenced by The Hunger Games?

Alicia Keys: You know, the funny thing is that it’s actually not. It was such a shock when I heard about The Hunger Games — I wasn’t aware of the book at that point. And I didn’t realize that, I guess, that’s what they call the one girl. So we tried very hard to make it all work and put the song in — and to put parts of what I was developing in with the movie. Anyway, obviously it came out way too early, so the timing wasn’t right. But, no, it has nothing to do with The Hunger Games. That powerful feeling is what it’s all about.

You found success at a relatively young age, and you’re only 31 now. Why did you feel the need for a fresh start?

It came more from a personal place. And when I talk about changing, I think I mean maybe more evolution. There was just a moment in my life where I was just realizing all of these things, and they just became really clear. All of a sudden, I realized that things that I had dealt with before, or things that I thought that I wanted in my life before, or things that I thought were acceptable to me before just started to be different. I didn’t feel that same way anymore. READ FULL STORY

Pink, Alicia Keys, and Taylor Swift next up for 'VH1 Storytellers' treatment -- EXCLUSIVE

VH1 Storytellers is hitting up Grammy-winning ladies for its coming season: Pink, Alicia Keys, and Taylor Swift are the next batch of artists to be featured on VH1’s long-running music-interview franchise, EW has learned exclusively.

“I have always loved Storytellers and, as a songwriter, how much fun it is to be able to tell your stories,” Pink told EW exclusively about being included in the line-up. Of her stories, Pink adds with a wink: “Everyone has heard mine before!”

The newest season of Storytellers launches Nov. 11, with VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift airing at 11 p.m. The episode roll-out is fast and furious after that, with VH1 Storytellers: Alicia Keys and VH1 Storytellers: Pink airing at 11 p.m on over the next two days, on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13, respectively. The episodes will also air on the Storytellers website.

As an additional bit of news on this front, Taylor Swift — always looking to connect with her fans in new ways — this morning announced a concert to dovetail with her Storytellers taping. She’ll tape her episode at a winning high school or college in the continental U.S. Through Sept. 23, students can vote for their school at a special website, which also includes more details about the contest. The schools with the top five votes will each receive a $10,000 grant for their music department from Swift and student hub Chegg’s philanthropic program, Chegg for Good.

The episodes, as always, will feature the artists performing and sharing stories in front of an intimate audience about their lives, lyrics, and careers. Over the years, artists as varies as Elton John, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, and Christina Aguilera have been on Storytellers.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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A 'New Day' for Alicia Keys: Listen to her brand-new single

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Is Alicia Keys back?  The R&B queen has been relatively quiet for a while — her last album, The Element of Freedom, was released in 2009, and her most recent production, son Egypt, arrived in 2010 — but today she returned with a bang (and a drumline).

The 31 year-old Keys, who first rose to stardom with her 2001 breakout Songs in A Minor, uploaded the first single off her upcoming fall album earlier today via her Twitter.

The upbeat “New Day” is a different sound for the usually more subdued Keys — a change undoubtedly due at least in part to her husband Swizz Beatz’s role as the track’s producer.

Listen to “New Day” here, and tell us what you think.  Are you a fan of the new Swizzy-influenced Alicia?

Read more on EW.com:
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Lady Gaga debuts ‘Princess Die’ — VIDEO

A$AP Rock and Lana Del Ray star in ‘National Anthem’ video — WATCH

2012 Billboard Music Awards: 20 essential takeaways from the show

Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.

Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:

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Alicia Keys to perform with Stevie Wonder at Billboard Music Awards -- EXCLUSIVE

Grammy-winning “Fallin'” singer Alicia Keys will present the Billboard Icon Award to Stevie Wonder — and perform with the legendary artist — at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, EW has learned exclusively.

There’s no word on what song — or medley of songs — the pair will perform. Wonder and Keys have had a long-running kinship and respect for each other, as they performed “Higher Ground” together at the 2004 MTV VMAs and presented together at the 48th Grammy Awards in 2006 (pictured here). Keys has won 10 Billboard Music Awards during her career.

Modern Family acting duo Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen are taking on hosting duties at the awards show, which will broadcast live on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas this Sunday at 8 p.m. Leading nominees for the awards include Adele, LMFAO, and Rihanna.

Just-announced presenters at the show include Whoopi Goldberg, Swizz Beatz, and Charlie Sheen. They join previously announced presenters Lisa Marie Presley, Wiz Khalifa, Luke Bryan, Robin Thicke, Brandy, Monica, Miley Cyrus, Taio Cruz, Gavin DeGraw, Gladys Knight, Julianne Hough, Natasha Bedingfield and Jeremy Sisto, along with musical acts Jordin Sparks, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, and The Wanted.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

Read more:
‘Modern Family’ stars Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen to host Billboard Music Awards — EXCLUSIVE
Adele, LMFAO, and Rihanna lead Billboard Music Award finalists

RCA Records retires Jive, J Records, and Arista

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that RCA Records has folded J Records, Arista Records, and Jive into parent label, RCA. The label issued a statement to EW explaining that the move was “an effort to refresh RCA Records,” and “all label imprints (J Records, Arista Records and Jive) will now be under the the iconic RCA Records label.” Among the artists who will be affected by the change are Jive tentpoles (Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake), singers from Arista (Alicia Keys, Pink, Usher), and J Records acts, including Pitbull.

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