Friday, 7 October 2016
Alicia Keys Announces New Album ‘HERE’
Alicia Keys is HERE. The R&B songstress has announced a title and release date for her long-awaited sixth album.
The follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire will arrive at retailers on Nov. 4 and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. The stunning black-and-white cover art features a makeup-free Alicia with natural curly hair.
HERE serves as an ode to her hometown of NYC. “This album is so much about life, New York City, us as people, all the stories I saw growing up,” Alicia said during a recent appearance on the “Today” show. “It sounds like the New York that I know. It’s aggressive, it’s raw, it’s me being my most truthful…It is such powerful music. You are going to go crazy.”
The 16-track set features the single “Blended Family (What You Do for Love)” featuring A$AP Rocky. The song, dedicated to Swizz Beatz’ son, Kasseem Dean Jr., celebrates her and her husband’s ex Mashonda’s “commitment to each other with support and true growth.”
Alicia also released the single “In Common” earlier this year, but it’s currently absent from the iTunes tracklisting.
She will perform a free concert for fans in NYC this Sunday (Oct. 9) and host her annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball on Oct. 19 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Plus, she is set to take the stage at the TIDAL X: 1015 show on Oct. 15 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.