Thursday, June 20, 2024

Juneteenth: Alicia Keys’ Gorgeous and Poignant New Song “Perfect Way to Die” Gets at the Heart of BLM


Alicia Keys is kind of on a roll right now. Waiting for her new album she’s released the great song, “Underdog,” and a couple of other new ones including “Gramercy Park.”

Today, for Juneteenth, Alicia has recorded a song she didn’t write– a rarity. “Perfect Way to Die” is gorgeous and poignant, written by Sebastian Kole, who should be a star already. He’s got a 2016 album out on Motown Records. Please, someone over there, do something for him.

I hope Alicia includes this on her album. Her performance, as always, is top notch. The song is incredibly relevant. It reminded me of the play and movie Kerry Washington starred in recently called “American Son.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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