RCA RecordsAfter a long wait, Alicia Keys’ new album will be Here November 4.
The album, titled Here, is Alicia’s sixth studio album, and her first since 2012’s Girl on Fire. In a statement, the Grammy-winner says, “On this album, I’ve arrived HERE…a place where I’m willing to truthfully look at myself in the mirror and to also see the reality of who we have become in this world. The good, the ugly, the shadows and the light.”
She adds, “I’ve come to realize that in order for us to grow and to understand and accept each other we have to recognize the complexity of ourselves. We have to be able to talk about it and meet each other where we are, HERE.”
The new single, “Blended Family (What You Do for Love),” featuring A$AP Rocky, was “my family’s personal journey to cultivate deeper understanding, compassion, support and love,” according to Alicia. “To me, family has no singular definition and the modern family is made up of all kinds of beautiful people willing to put love first.”
“Even though I married your father/That’s not the only reason I’m here for ya,” sings Alicia. “I think you’re beautiful/I think you’re perfect/I know how hard it gets/But I swear it’s worth it/’Cause what you do for love/There ain’t nothing I would do for us.”
Alicia’s husband, Swizz Beatz, has three children from previous relationships; the couple have two sons together.
Here is produced by Alicia, Swizz Beatz, songwriter and producer Mark Batson, and Alicia’s longtime collaborator, Harold Lilly. She’ll debut her new music live this Sunday in New York City at a “secret, iconic location.” You can pre-order Here now at the usual retail outlets.
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