The album, which shows the many sides of Alicia at this current point in time in her life, offers a 15-song tracklist, including collaborations with the likes of Jill Scott, Khalid, Miguel, Snoh Aalegra, Tierra Whack, Sampha, and Diamond Platinumz. See the full tracklist below.
“This album has such special energy! It embodies everything I love about music and art at this time in my life,” Keys said. “I’m so excited to connect with people from all over the world with these sounds, lyrics, and melodies. I called this album ALICIA because it’s the most me I’ve ever felt while in the studio. I got comfortable with all my different sides while creating it. I hope everyone who listens can vibe along as the truest version of themselves.”
Fans will get a chance to watch Keys premiere live performances of the new songs through American Express’s UNSTAGED series tonight, September 18 at 6:00 pm ET. The singer/songwriter/producer calls the special live stream event an emotional, musical experience that cannot be missed. The event will be streamed on Keys’ Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and on TIDAL.
Keys celebrated the album’s release yesterday live on Good Morning America. During the show’s broadcast, she performed the album’s new anthemic single “Love Looks Better” in a surprise concert at Brooklyn’s Skyline Drive-In. The event was dedicated to its audience of real-life heroes: essential workers in this current pandemic (all in cars, socially distanced).]
Keys is set to open this weekend’s iHeart Radio’s iHeart Music Festival with a must-see celebration of music. The event kick-offs at 9 pm ET tonight, September 18, at 9:00 pm ET.
To add to the excitement, The Late Late Show with James Corden announced earlier this morning that Keys will be doing a week-long residency on the show next week, September 21-24, bringing the album to life each night with performances of ALICIA songs, including some very special guests. Keys will also appear in-studio for various segments on the show throughout the week.
Following the release of ALICIA, TIDAL will share track-by-track visual commentary from Keys and exclusively release the debut episode of the ‘Credit Due’ video series, in which she and her expert contributors explore her songwriting, recording, and production process while breaking down select ALICIA tracks. The episode will premiere on Friday, September 25.
Praise for the music of ALICIA has been coming for the past year, with Keys’ steady stream of hit singles and deep album cuts. Last month saw the release of “So Done,” a smooth, cathartic R&B collaboration with Khalid, which was met with critical acclaim; iHeart called it “An anthemic godsend for the times if there ever were one.” Keys kicked off 2020 with the release of the album’s smash hit “Underdog,” which received raves reviews upon its release with E! calling it, “The power anthem you’ll play on repeat,” and Hypebeast writing, “The heartfelt anthem sees Alicia tell stories of humility and humanity.” In late 2019, Keys offered the first sampling of ALICIA with “Show Me Love,” featuring Miguel. The song earned Keys a record-extending 11th number 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs airplay chart. Upon its release, BET wrote, “Keys embodies what it means to be “an artist,” in every sense of the word with her latest project.”
The album, which shows the many sides of Alicia at this current point in time of her life journey, is also preceded by three other already-released masterful tracks: “Time Machine,” a supersonic four-on-the-floor anthem about the freedom that comes with letting go; “Good Job,” a powerful ballad praising unsung heroes and frontline workers, which premiered in April during a special COVID-19 global town hall on CNN; and the emotional “Perfect Way To Die,” which Keys dedicates to innocent Black lives lost due to police brutality. She gave a moving performance of the song during the BET Awards broadcast in June.
Keys plans to bring the new album to life in the summer of 2021, during rescheduled dates of her upcoming ALICIA: The World Tour, originally scheduled for summer 2020 before the global pandemic put a pause on live music gatherings.
The album is a counterpart piece to Keys’ New York Times Best-selling book More Myself: A Journey, which was released in March as the first title on Oprah’s new imprint with Flatiron Books.
- Truth Without Love
- Time Machine
- Authors Of Forever
- Wasted Energy (featuring Diamond Platinumz)
- 3 Hour Drive (featuring Sampha)
- Me x 7 (featuring Tierra Whack)
- Show Me Love (featuring Miguel)
- So Done (featuring Khalid)
- Gramercy Park
- Love Looks Better
- You Save Me (featuring Snoh Aalegra)
- Jill Scott (featuring Jill Scott)
- Perfect Way To Die
- Good Job