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Alicia Keys says new album is a ‘homecoming’

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, winner of 15 Grammy Awards, has described her new album ‘Keys’ as a homecoming.

“I feel like I have come back to myself. It’s almost like it started here. I went all the way here, and then I found myself back there. “

She described a new confidence in the sound of the album.

“I feel like… it really emulates it. There is a certain confidence in it that it is really beautiful. The composition is powerful. The piano is amazing. And besides, since I’m a true New Yorker, I had to take that original and test it, turn it into something totally different in terms of sound. And now you have two perspectives. Then you have the originals and the unlocked version. “

Keys is her eighth studio album. The double album features all-new originals and an unlocked version showing the originals with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Mike Will.

“Keys is about letting go of inhibitions. It is about being the most majestic and magnificent, the most limitless. It’s like breaking free and being who you are, ”he told Euronews.

Keys was featured at Expo Dubai 2020’s Infinite Nights Series. The immersive concert had a live audience, but was also broadcast around the world on television, online and via virtual reality.

“I’m performing the night the album comes out, so we’re really going to release it here,” he added.

It has been 20 years since the release of his successful 2001 debut album Songs In A Minor. Keys has evolved as an artist and person at that time and said, “You know, I didn’t know anything when I started. I was just faking my way through it all and acting like I knew what I was doing, but I didn’t. Now I have an idea of ​​what I am doing. I know what I like … what I don’t like. I will not let people take advantage of me. I make sure to stay clear and firm in my vision and what I want to create and publish in the world. “

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After selling more than 90 million records and performing for more than twenty years, Keys says he doesn’t have a favorite song, but some stand out.

“Falling down, man. I don’t know what it is to this day every time I sing that song. It has a new life and a new feeling. It feels timeless. It’s never old. I feel brand new every time. So that’s one. So that’s one. And then there are so many great songs that I love, but it’s hard. It’s so hard to choose. One of my new favorites is called Wasted Energy, Underdog is also beautiful, really strong. And then one of my favorites that happened a while ago is called I need you, but I don’t interpret it much. “

During the pandemic, Keys has expanded her relationship with her fans, from live chats on social media to her YouTube documentary series, ‘Noted: Alicia Keys The Untold Stories,’ which includes intimate conversations with her parents.

“During the pandemic, I decided that there is a beautiful way to reach people, even when you are not in person. So I wanted to start exploring that more and opening up in that way because I’m more confident because I understand who I am. I’m not so concerned with connecting and sharing, and now I’m not so scared. So I love it and I feel so good. I’m so glad we have that connection. I’m so glad that you were able to see me grow in myself. “

In 2016, Keys shared a different journey with her fans when she stopped wearing makeup citing pressure to conform to social expectations and being tired of wearing both on stage and in magazine and magazine appearances. Fast forward to 2021, where his perspective has shifted to a more ‘do what I please’ approach.

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“You have to find what makes you feel good,” he said.

“You know, a lot of times we let our friends dictate it, we let the media dictate it. We let Instagram dictate. All of these things are in our heads about who we are supposed to be … how we are supposed to be. And then I think it’s a personal journey and you can discover yourself. And then I feel like I really know myself. I really understand that it is my world, it is my choice. No one can tell me what to do. I can do exactly what feels good to me, and you can too. “

Today’s Alicia Keys is comfortable in her own skin and is encouraging fans to feel the same through her Keys Soulcare skincare line.

“I would say keep looking for what suits you. That’s what Key’s Soulcare is all about. It’s about creating rituals and positive affirmations to really find, how do you take care of yourself in a world that quickly fires you and doesn’t think about you? How do you make sure to take care of yourself? ”.

Back on stage, Keys says she is eager to embark on her European tour and has missed the events in person with her fans.

“Honestly, that’s something I desperately missed. The connection is so special. It is something you can do that you could never duplicate. So I’m excited to be back on tour in 2022 to the whole world, really. Not only can I bring you Alicia, I can also bring you Keys now. So it will be bigger and better than ever. “

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