Alicia Keys isn’t holding back anymore.
The music superstar sat down with Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe for Beats 1, where she talked everything from her new album ‘Alicia,’ to working with her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, and which album of hers is her favorite.
Full story below…
On how she got the name for her new album, she said:
“I feel so strongly about calling this work Alicia. Because I feel like I have, for the first time, been most fully myself now.”
The ‘Underdog’ singer also revealed what she has learned from working with her husband, saying:
“I mean, he’s taught me so much about magic. He knows how to access the magic in a way that’s so free. I know how to access the magic. Don’t get it twisted. But my access to the magic is from a more cerebral place. He teaches me about this openness to try whatever, whereas I’m quite mental. I’m like, ‘I’m want to make sure this sounds great. Let me make sure this is the right hook. Let me make sure my vocals are strong.’ He’s just like, ‘Who cares, who cares, who cares? This is what I feel. This is what I think. I don’t care. No apology. Bang.’ So, that’s what I think. That’s why I think you feel that rawness, and there is that difference. I feel safer, somehow, to just fail, to be off, to be wrong.”
She then discussed which of her album’s is her favorite and the significance it has in her life, saying:
“‘Here’ is maybe my favorite album. It’s so special to me. It carries with it such a magic, such a portal. It was the first time that I did something without compromise. And it lead me to here, Alicia, because I started to understand, ‘Wow, look at all these feelings that you have. Look at all these thoughts that you have. Look at all these opinions you have. Look at all these ways that you’re experiencing the world, look how you can verbalize, and look how you can put them into, something that means something.'”
Keys will release ‘Alicia’ on September 18.
The LP features the songs: ‘Underdog,’ ‘Time Machine,’ and ‘Show Me Love (ft. Miguel).’ It will be here first new album since 2016’s ‘Here.’