Confirmed: Keys’ ‘Element of Freedom’ To Feature Beyonce Duet

Published: Tuesday 17th Nov 2009 by Sam
alicia element cover

The ever-reliable folk over at Urban Bridgez have unveiled the official track-listing for Alicia Keys‘ eagerly awaited 4th studio album ‘The Element of Freedom’ (due December 15th). Rumours of an Alicia / Beyonce duet had been gathering momentum for a few weeks now, and according to this tracklist, it’s true. Check it out!

1. The Element Of Freedom (Intro)
2. Love Is Blind
3. Doesn’t Mean Anything
4. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
5. Wait Til They See My Smile
6. That’s How Strong My Love Is
7. Unthinkable (
I’m Ready)
8. Love Is My Disease
9. Like The Sea
10. Put It In A Love Song
feat. Beyonce Knowles
11. This Bed
12. Distance And Time
13. How It Feels To Fly
14. Empire State Of Mind (
Part II)

First Ms. Keys’ had me amped with ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’, now a Bey duet – which is interestingly the album’s only feature.

I’ve got to hand it to ol’ Bouncy she’s venturing into the collabo territory a lot more these days (see: Lady GaGa, Usher, Justin), yet picking the best of the best to work with. Here’s hoping the track itself is gonna be worth the hype.

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  1. Kay-T November 17, 2009

    Cant waittt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Ro November 17, 2009



  3. Veebz November 17, 2009

    Sooo excited : D My 2 fav artist on the same song

  4. MG November 17, 2009

    ak + piano + beyonce singing along = angels singing in heaven!

  5. BEYGAGA November 17, 2009

    This will be a vocal MASTERPIECE! Hands down….i cannot wait to hear this song…omg. I’m so glad Beyonce is starting to venture out into the world of collaborations. And making Great Choices. Not just collabing with any ol h**… (KERI HILSON). She’s doing it with people with CREDIT STATURE POISE AND STAYING POWER.

    Justin TImberlake
    Alicia Keys
    Lady Gaga
    Missy Elliot
    Jamie Foxx
    Jennifer Hudson

  6. BEYGAGA November 17, 2009

    this isn’t the only feature. Alicia is a fan of the Carters. Because Jay has an extra whole new verse on “Empire State of Mind II”

  7. Derrick T. November 17, 2009

    NOT quite sure how I feel….to be honest, it’s mixed feelings. As much as I LOVE Alicia and I admire Beyonce, it just doesn’t seem right to me. Something about it says NO, in fact HELL NO! (even as wrong as that sounds) I’m increasingly worried that Alicia is moving to a pop sound that’s made for radio without substance. Additionally, I think this song with Beyonce may even fuel the fire that one may be better than the other. Will they both try to outsing each other? Will Beyonce try to prove she’s queen? WIll Alicia try to out-do her? I just don’t want them to compete…and I feel as though the song won’t be as good as it can be because they are 2 majorly great artists/performers. Sigh….I guess I’ll have to see what it will actually sound like. Just as well, when I get the CD I have to resist the urge to skip right to that track…

  8. dAWON November 17, 2009


  9. MaZ November 17, 2009

    There’s also rumours about a Mariah & Beyoncé duet on the next remix album of Miss Carey.
    You people forgot the Beyoncé+Shakira Duet!!!!

    Hope it will be more relevant than a Lady Gaga collabo.

    Can’t wait!!

  10. TheSource November 17, 2009

    This isn’t official. Her 3rd single is Dreaming and isn’t up here…Drake and her just finished a track that I’m certain wouldn’t be left off…Jay-Z IS featured on the album…finally, she JUST turned the album in yesterday. A label would not turn over a tracklisting THIS soon… considering she turned in more than 5 new songs!

  11. gina November 17, 2009

    Just saw Alicia on Dancing with the stars…gosh, she’s thick and hippy

  12. Kirk November 17, 2009

    I hope it’s a ballad in their lower register. Both have amazing tones and are brilliant singers.

  13. Michelle November 17, 2009

    I’m sorry but I have not liked ONE Beyonce collabo yet. The one with Shakira sucked. The GaGa video was some overhyped mess….she didn’t fit on Justin’s song and….just on and on.

    The real deal is, Beyonce doesn’t want to go away. She doesn’t want to go away between CDs is the problem….always there–ALWAYS. But this project for Alicia does not look like a winner so she should be thankful for Beyonce’s help in this case.

  14. gina November 17, 2009

    CreActionMedia: 7. Alicia Keys – Unthinkable (I’m Ready) [Produced by AK, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers & 40/40] (Co-Written & Background vocals by Drake) = HUGE
    32 minutes ago from web

    Just saw this tweet about Drake’s collabo.

  15. KIKI November 18, 2009

    Drake is also on the album. He cowrote track #7 and sings background vocals. The Empire state of Mind w/ JayZ is on the album too.

  16. Mr.727 November 18, 2009

    I’m not worried about Beyonce taking the shine from Alicia, cuz you just can’t come on her records and make it a mess! Alicia will have this w**** really singing like she needs to! Alicia is a smart women! I see why she has 12 Grammy’s cuz she actually wants to win, and she wants quality! So when ya’ll they the track with her on it, it will be proper and classic, not this high school s*** she been making!

  17. Whew!!! Chile…. November 18, 2009

    @727 Really??? Come on Really…With her one active having 3 notes on a piano banging stilling music samples from the early 70’s philly sound talent.
    What on earth can she teach a master of the craft? SMDH . All that child Beyonce gotta do is open her mout and sing and that will shut everthing else down….imho.(In my best Kanye voice) how can a master ask someone who’s only a student for adviseOmg Bee don’t need to listen to that ……LOL

  18. koko November 18, 2009

    If it is true, I don’t know how this will sound. To me they are very different musically, Alicia has more mature music and Bey is still more trendy. It doesn’t surprise me since Alicia was working with J no wonder Bey figured let me get on in there, you know her and Matthew never stop making deals and such. I love big collabos but they can go very wrong, as long as they focus and play up each of their strengths it could be huge. Whitney and Deborah C** did it right, ‘Same Script Different Cast’ is still my jam. Whitney and Mariah did it right. Whitney, Faith and Kelly Price was good. Monica/Brandy was good. So I guess we will see.

  19. Mr.727 November 19, 2009

    Please Alicia is a master at her craft! If Beyonce is so damn talented, they why she won’t stop shaking her ass and start being a singer? Your looks only last so long, and imo she is starting to look old to me real fast! I just feel that Alicia is a way better artist than Beyonce! Trust and believe Alicia will have her name in the history books, as well as Beyonce! In Alicia’s case she will at least have her dignity and respect, and not be known as a video h**, that had to sell out to stay on top!

  20. Nessiee November 22, 2009

    Mr.727 you got your nerves aha I love Alicia but I im a HUGE fan of beyonce.
    Beyonce is not a ho,her voice is so gracious and beautiful as well as Alicia’s.
    Two big,huge r&b stars the queen and the princess(beyonce and Alicia) finally doing
    a song together is so freaking awesome. I know it will sound good cause Alicia
    knows what sound good and what doesn’t. The whole beyonce and gaga vid was
    too seductive never seen her like that before she could have made that so much better but the song was good. Happy she is coming in to the collab. thing. So many people want her to settle down and have babies,leave her alone she loves to sing goshh! But i guess she can take like 1year off maybe. Whatever I love the fact that their doing a duet though. I cant Waitt!

  21. ZIZIBH December 2, 2009

    it well be amazing colation ……
    all ARAB PEOP:E LOVE Beyonce & ALICIA g L)

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