Alicia Keys releases ‘New Day’ track from her upcoming album

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys (via Keys' Facebook page)

Yesterday Alicia Keys took to Twitter to allow her fans to preview “New Day,” the first single off of her forthcoming album. “Here’s that first taste of what I was talking about… It’s a #AKNewDay!!! Let’s fly!” the singer tweeted. The upbeat track produced by her husband Swizz Beatz is the first cut from her still-untitled follow up to 2009’s The Element of Freedom.

Earlier this week, Alicia Keys posted a personal message to her fans on her YouTube channel, where she talked candidly about the emotional elements of her new album. She revealed that she has been working on the new record for over eight months now. “It’s like I’m a different person, a new person,” Keys said. “Everything is new, from being married and having a baby, and what that’s done for me in just giving me a sense of real stability, real connection, grounding, reason, and purpose. So much of the music that you’re going to hear is talking about what that feels like, what we’re all going through, all of us … That empowerment, that freedom is definitely something that’s reflected in this album.”

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