Sam Smith | Get Familiar

You've probably heard of Sam Smith by now. This 21-year-old British singer's name has been on everyone's lips of late: the no-brainer of new music; President-elect for pop superstardom in 2014. 

You might've heard his star-making turns on Naughty Boy's "La La La" and Disclosure's "Latch" - the former remains one of the biggest selling singles of the last year whilst the latter is perhaps the best 'dance' song of the last ten. He can count Maxwell as one of his biggest fans, after the soul music titan spent the entire summer gushing about the Brit to his millions of fans online, and he's sold out shows in New York and LA; all without an album or even a proper single release to his name. Read more

Russell Simmons, Maxwell, Rick Ross and more raise money at Art For Life Gala


Russell Simmons and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation hosted the 14th annual Art For Life: Field of Dreams Gala on Saturday, which brought out high-profile collaborators and raised a ton of money.

Out in the gorgeous playground named Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, Anthony Anderson, Melanie Fiona, Al Sharpton, Tichina Arnold, Star Jones, Angela Simmons, Michael Strahan, Nicole Murphy, journalist Soledad O'Brien, who co-hosted the event, and more rich and famous friends were out supporting a good cause. Thanks to everyone who participated in the event, RPAF, which helps inner city youth engage in art education, raised over $1.5 million. Guests were provided with delicious dinners, along with live performances from Maxwell, Estelle and Rick Ross.

Simmons is also hosting an online silent auction via Charitybuzz (going on until August 7). So in case you're looking for a tax write off and help the world at the same time, check out my recommendations below.

- Private dinner for 10 with Russell Simmons prepared by Chef Todd English at Your NYC home (current bid: $1,350)

- Lunch with Sarah Jessica Parker in New York City (current bid: $7,833)

- Meet Robin Thicke and Be a Roadie for the Day at the Concert of Your Choice (current bid: $2,250)

- Meet LL COOL J & Receive 4 VIP Tickets to the concert of your choice (current bid: $950) -- UMMM, ladies... this is pretty cheap.

- Dine with Magic Johnson & Enjoy 6 Tickets to Sit with Him at a LA Dodgers Game (current bid: $7,500)

That's not all, folks. Feel free to watch the mini recap of the event and some footage of Maxwell performing at the star-studded gala. Enjoy!

Alicia Keys f/ Maxwell - "Fire We Make" | Music Video

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Alicia Keys and Maxwell take the temperature up by a few 100 degrees for the official visual accompaniment to their bedroom ready duet "Fire We Make", a standout track from Ms Keys' most recent album release Girl On Fire.

The video, which was shot in New Orleans by director Chris Robinson, features the collaborating duo putting on their acting hats as two 'strangers' in the hot and sexy visual narrative. press play below...

Watch: Alicia Keys f/ Maxwell - "Fire We Make"

Let us know what you think of the "Fire We Make" video in the C-Section.

Alicia Keys f/ Maxwell - "Fire We Make" | Music Video Teaser

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Alicia Keys and Maxwell take the temperature up by a few 100 degrees for the official visual accompaniment to their bedroom ready duet "Fire We Make", a standout track from Ms Keys' most recent album release Girl On Fire.

The video, which was shot in New Orleans by director Chris Robinson, is set to be premiered later today but for now we have a 1 minute teaser of the very steamy clip which features the superstar singer and pianist and some ice cubes...

I think I just had a moment there. Press play below...

Watch the full video HERE.

Raekwon f/ JD Era - "Whatever Baby" | New Music


While we wait for the Wu-Tang Chef's forthcoming sixth solo album F.I.L.A, Raekwon continues to keep us well fed with a steady stream of music, with the latest being this smoothed out loosie titled "Whatever Baby".Read more

Dirty Sanchez x Capital STEEZ x Rockamouth - "Maxwell" | New Music


The Pro Era Crew continue their run of great music releases this week with another dope cut from members Dirty Sanchez, Rockamouth and the dearly departed Capital STEEZ. "Maxwell" features a superbly looped eponymous sample and some truly smooth drum kicks that the emcees use to lay down lyrics about the women ala The Pharcyde's "Passin' Me By".

It's mature work from the crew and their growth is obvious with every new single. This could be a really good year for them if they can keep this level of effort up. Unfortunately, the track is also a stark reminder of the talent we lost with Capital's passing. Rest in peace kid.

Peep the fresh track below.

Raheem DeVaughn remixes Alicia Keys x Maxwell's "Fire We Make" | New Music

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After bringing us his takes on Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything", Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" and Chris Brown's "Don’t Judge Me", Raheem DeVaughn is back at it and today brings us this refix of "Fire We Make", Alicia Keys' duet with the legendary Maxwell from her recently released long player Girl On Fire.

Give Radio Rah's refix a spin below...

Listen: Raheem Devaughn remixes Alicia Keys x Maxwell's "Fire We Make"

I'm quite impressed with this remake, Raheem's soulful vocals definitely did this one justice to my ears. Let us know what you thought in the C-Section.

Maxwell - "GODS" (Snippet) | New Music x Lyrics

After giving us a look at the partial tracklisting for SUMMERS his forthcoming and highly-anticipated (understatement of the year?) follow-up to BlackSummers'Night, the one and only Maxwell gives us a taste of what we can expect from the new LP.Read more

Maxwell reveals partial tracklist for 'Summers' LP

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Grammy Award-winning RnB crooner and neo-soul pioneer Maxwell is due to drop the second instalment of his Summers trilogy in the coming months, and to build interest for the project, he's unveiled a 'partial tracklist' for our viewing via Instagram. Read more

Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire | Album Review

Returning to the frontline and ready to offer up some of her signature sound, Alicia Keys puts out her RCA Records debut Girl On Fire. Her fifth studio album overall, it’s the first time she’s released any new material since 2009’s Element of Freedom. With her marriage to producer Swizz Beatz and the birth of their first son, Egypt, part reason for the delay, there’s also been a shift in record labels, some sneaker designing, and a bit of charity work thrown in to the mix for good measure. Refocusing her energies on the music, her most recent ongoing promotional campaign has seen her very much stroll back in to the limelight, and to a good reception. Read more

Alicia Keys premieres 'Girl on Fire' LP in G+ hangout session [Full Video]

Alicia Keys made history yesterday (November 20th) by debuting her new album, Girl on Fire, live on YouTube in a Google+ hangout. With one week until the album's official release date, Alicia decided to live-stream her fifth studio album straight from her New York studio, joined there (on webcam or in person) by a few special guests such as Emeli Sande, Maxwell and Miguel, and a handful of lucky fans. Read more

Alicia Keys x Maxwell - "Fire We Make" | New Music

With her fifth solo studio album Girl On Fire set for release in seven days, one of the most eagerly anticipated tracks from Alicia Keys latest long player has appeared online.Read more

Maxwell cancels all summer concert appearances for health reasons | Music News

Bad news for all those who managed to get tickets for Maxwell's summer concerts this year, as the GRAMMY award winning R&B and soul singer/songwriter has unfortunately been forced to cancel all of the announced concert dates on the advise of his doctors after developing definitive vocal cord edema and a vocal cord hemorrhage.Read more

Maxwell to release new song 'Of All Kind' very soon | Music News

The soulful Don known as Maxwell has revealed that he will be releasing a new song titled "Of All Kind" in just a matter of days. Read more

Maxwell to perform entire discography on new tour | Music News

Iconic soul singer Maxwell is set to perform his entire discography on his upcoming six-date American tour. Read more

Chris Dave drum medley f/ "Find A Way" x "Flashing Lights" [Video]

Drummer Chris Dave has made a name for himself working with artists like Robert Glasper, Adele, Maxwell and D'Angelo, not to mention as part of his own trio, The Chris Dave Trio.  Read more