Alicia Keys surprises music world: Releases first track from upcoming album

By Jim Donahue

Superstar R&B recording artist Alicia Keys has kept us waiting for quite some time, but the wait is over! On Thursday, new music from the follow-up to Alicia Keys’ 2009 disc “The Element of Freedom” was released. The still untitled album will be released shortly, and the new track unveiled, titled “New Day,” was inspired by some major life changes, including her marriage to producer Swizz Beatz and the birth of their son in 2010.

Keys revealed that she has been working on the new record for over eight months now. “It’s like I’m a different person, a new person,” she explains. “Everything is new, from being married and having a baby, and what that’s done for me in just giving me a sense of real stability, real connection, grounding, reason, and purpose. So much of the music that you’re going to hear is talking about what that feels like, what we’re all going through, all of us … That empowerment, that freedom is definitely something that’s reflected in this album.”

Don’t tease us, Alicia. Your fans can’t wait for the new album to be released.

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