I think it’s safe to say that Alicia Keys is still on fire.
After premiering her video for her new single, “Tears Always Win” last week, this week the soulful singer is looking beautiful on the cover of the June 2013 issue of Evening Standard Magazine. Inside she dishes on loving Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” attitude, while also showing concern that she is surrounding herself with the right people.
Here are some highlights:
What she loves about Rihanna
[I] love her ‘style’ and her boldness, and the fact that she is, no pun intended, so unapologetic. But also, it’s such a tricky, crazy business, and when people are a little bit younger than me, I’m always hoping that their soul is good ’cause it can be such a soulless space. Who’s really loving you and making sure that you’re OK? Because everybody wants to make sure you’re OK when they can get something from you, and they’re getting a percentage from you. But they don’t technically care if you’re OK. They just wanna make sure you can stand so you can go to work.
So naturally I am always thinking about people and hoping that in this very soulless place they can find completion.
Whether she thinks Rihanna is in good company
Um. I don’t know, because I don’t know her personally like that. But I do know there’s a lot of good people at Roc Nation [her management company]. And I do think that as we all get older, you start to be able to say, “No, I’m not gonna take that from you any more.” So,’ she smiles, ‘I’m proud of Rihanna. Because it’s not easy to stand up in this crazy world and make it and keep going and try new things. And find your way through it.