Exclusive Access: 106 & Park with Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys drops off new video "Girl On Fire" at 106 & Park

Lets Roll - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Lets Roll - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Nice Sneakers - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Nice Sneakers - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Lets Roll - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Lets Roll - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Fire - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Fire - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Busy - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Busy - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Ready - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Ready - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Hugs - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Hugs - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Who Dat? You Know..

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Who Dat? You Know..

So Good - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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So Good - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Unreal - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Unreal - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Slim - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Slim - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Great - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Great - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

The Queen - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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The Queen - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Beauty - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Beauty - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

"101" - The two-part "101" starts as a melancholy piano-and-vocals ballad, but thankfully closes on an inspirational note, with massive drums, strings and Alicia Keys wailing "Halleulah, kick in the door, we gonna make it" somewhat randomly. But the Jeff Bhasker production ends the album with the epic, explosive tone you'd expect from an album with this name ? much of the record feels intimate and small instead. Alicia doesn't quite live up to the title's promise, but she's refreshed her sound by incorporating a wide range of outside producers and songwriters for the first time (her long-time collaborator Kerry "Krucial" Brothers" is nowhere to be found). Meanwhile, 10 years after her debut, she's somehow managed to improve her singing. Though she doesn't always break new ground here, and there are a few songs that snooze rather than sp...

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Hey You - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Line Up - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Line Up - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Who Won - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Who Won - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Go Ahead - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Go Ahead - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Bow Wow’s message to Paula Deen:  - “You’ve got a public invite, Ms. Paula Deen, to sit right on this couch. Right here at 106… You come here, holla at ya' boy." (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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So Cool - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Smart - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Smart - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Congrats - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Congrats - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Boss Lady - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Boss Lady - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Chillin - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Chillin - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Lets Go DJ Lyve - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Lets Go DJ Lyve - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Touch Mics - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Touch Mics - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET) - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET) - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park(Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

The Chosen One - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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The Chosen One - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

I See You - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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I See You - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

You Got This - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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You Got This - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

What A Beast - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)

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What A Beast - Alicia Keys visits 106 & Park (Photo: Randy Smith/BET)