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Maxwell made sure to support his homegirl Alicia Keys during her 12th annual New York City benefit event, the Black Ball, which took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom Thursday night. The ball raises money for children and families in Africa and India affected by HIV. Maxwell told ABC Radio it was important for him to attend and support his longtime friend.
“It’s great for me because its Alicia, Alicia is one of my best friends and, you know, I’ve watched her rise throughout her career — we were assigned to Columbia Records together and then she moved to J Records, which obviously that’s when everything took off,” he said of their history together.
“We toured together on her first album, I mean, you know, we did a duet two years ago, which was thankfully number one forever, which was great,” he continued, referring to “Fire We Make.”
Back in 2013, the singer announced a duet project with Keys, which would rival Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell‘s string of duets with from the 1960s. However, the crooner hints their joint album has been put on hold so Keys can complete her “incredible” upcoming studio effort.
“We can’t wait, we can’t wait, right now, you know, she has so much going on with this event and with all the things that she’s going to do with her album, which is incredible by the way from what I’ve heard,” Maxwell says of Alicia’s follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire. “But yeah, I’m excited. The future is bright, the future is bright.”
“She’s family, she’s like my Tammi Terrell, that’s how I call her,” he adds.
Next year will see Maxwell releasing his fifth studio album, his first since 2009’s BLACKsummers’night, which served as the first installment in the singer’s SUMMERS trilogy.
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