Is there anything that Alicia Keys CAN’T do?? The “Girl on Fire” is stepping into a new role as BlackBerry’s Global Creative Director. In her new position, Keys will work closely with app developers, content creators, retailers, carriers, and the entertainment industry to further shape and enhance the BlackBerry 10 platform through music, books, film, and apps. “Alicia Keys has come to BlackBerry because she believes in the product and technology, and subscribes to our overriding philosophy to ‘Keep Moving’: to empower people through mobile computing and communications,” said BlackBerry President and CEO Thorsten Heins. “We are excited she will be bringing to us her enormous capabilities, as well as a vast network of relationships in the entertainment, social media and business communities, to help shape our brand and grow our business.” Alicia shared her excitement over her new job. “I have been using the BlackBerry 10 for a few weeks now, and I’m truly inspired by its innovation,” she said. “It has entirely revolutionized the experience. I know the potential this platform has to help creative people be more productive, and help productive people be more creative. This is such an incredible age to be living in, with such profound advances in communications and technology. As Global Creative Director, my goal is to inspire creativity with this platform, and I’m so excited to jump right in.” As part of BlackBerry’s “Keep Moving” Project, she plans to use the device to create a music video for each city she tours in on her “Set the World on Fire” tour, launching this March. Even though I don’t use Blackberry, I’m still excited to see what new ideas Alicia has in store for them and what apps she creates for their phones. But one thing is for sure, there are no limits to what Alicia Keys can accomplish.
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