Alicia Keys has officially announced her first album in two years, simply titled Keys. The double album will feature two sides containing different versions of the same songs. The “Original” side will consist of “laidback piano vibes,” produced entirely by Alicia, while the “Unlocked” side will feature “upbeat, drums, level up vibes,” produced by Alicia and Mike Will Made-It.
The follow-up to 2020’s Alicia has already spawned the single “LALA (Unlocked)” featuring Swae Lee. Alicia has also been in the studio with J. Cole and Raphael Saadiq.
“I do feel like this music that’s coming is very much like, I know my lane and I’ma drive in it. That’s the vibe of this music. There’s a confidence. There’s a swag. There’s an energy. There’s a feeling of just complete comfortable in my skin,” she told Apple Music.
“Wait until you hear the rest. There’s a very specific thing that’s happening. The vision is tremendously clear and it is something that I can’t wait to tell you. And the way that it all goes together is something that is, for me, makes this one of the most exciting projects I ever did, ever. It’s definitely the best one I ever did yet. It for sure has the most clarity, and it a million percent, the perspective that it holds is special.”
She has yet to reveal a release date, only saying that the project is “coming soon.”
Alicia will perform her new music at NYC’s famed Apollo Theater as part of the SiriusXM and Pandora Small Stage Series on Nov. 11.