She hasn’t released a new album since 2009’s The Element of Freedom, but’s it’s been a busy few years for Alicia Keys, having married and had a child with Hip-Hop superproducer Swizz Beatz in 2010 (the jealousy still palpable in men everywhere). To hear her tell it (watch “A Message From Alicia” below), Keys can hardly wait to share her pent up emotions and stories with her fans on what is sure to be a very personal fifth album due out later this year. The appropriately titled first offering from the set, “New Day,” is a livelier, more celebratory record than we’re used to hearing from the piano-favoring star. With island vibe production by her better, err, other half, “New Day” strikes an uplifting tone sufficiently fit for warm summer night listening.
Alicia Keys – “New Day” (Prod. By Swizz Beatz)