Exclusive: New Alicia Keys Album Coming This Year

Alicia Keys’ current priority may be motherhood, but she’s ready to get back to music. The R&B songbird has returned to the studio to work on her fifth studio album for release this year, Keys’ longtime producer Kerry “Krucial” Brothers exclusively revealed to Rap-Up TV.

“We do got a release coming this year, but I can’t speak on it yet,” said Krucial at last weekend’s ASCAP 2nd Annual Grammy Brunch at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood.

“Last week we was in the studio working on stuff,” he continued, sharing that the collaborators will once again be working hand in hand on the follow-up to 2009’s The Element of Freedom. “Don’t fix it if it’s not broke.”

While their chemistry in the studio hasn’t changed, one thing has following the birth of Alicia’s son Egypt. “The writing is the same. The only thing changed is the schedule. We leave earlier now. No more to-the-crack-of-dawn stuff—at least not for now.”

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28 Comments

  1. Taty

    Yaaayyyy! Even though from what he said, it could be a new single this year, not the actual album. Either way, can’t wait.

    It’s funny, because Krucial also got married last year and had a baby boy, one month before Alicia had Egypt, so both of their lives have changed. Can’t wait to see how that works into the music.

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  2. @RonaldRanier

    Best music news of 2011.

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  3. HAS BEEN

    Who cares about this homewrecker. Janelle Monae just took her spot at the grammy so Granny can stay with her kid

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    loz Reply:

    @HAS BEEN, homewrecker?

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    loz Reply:

    @HAS BEEN, wow! you obviously havnt been educated to know what such a word means, Alicia Keys is one of the most innocent and pure souls to live on this earth, she doesnt just contribute to the music world , she gives her life to charity. She is beautiful inside and out, she cares about the world and everyone in it. she has pure and raw talent that cannot be affected by stupid lowlife comments .. as hard as you try she will ALWAYS be a music legend. its just a shame that people like you have to critise the most amazing people in the world, .. look in the mirror , now lets not critise.

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    Karen Reply:

    @loz, Right, it seems like some people like to criticize the kindest, most caring people for some reason. It’s like they can’t stand it because those people aren’t as unhappy as them. Strange.

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  4. Jeon

    Newsflash: IT IS BROKE! Alicia’s last 2 albums are criminally boring and don’t match the beauty of her first 3 (including Unplugged). Maybe her giving birth has restored her creative spark, because it’s been missing for a while now…..oh…and Alicia…please don’t try and rely on any gimmicky collaborations to sell records. WE DON’T WANT THEM.

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    Anita Reply:

    @Jeon, Speak for yourself. I’d be happy to hear anything Alicia chooses to sing and whoever she decides to sing with. All her albums are great, including, As I Am and The Element of Freedom. News Flash: Everyone doesn’t agree with you!

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  5. muzikfiiend

    Finally something refreshing! I am not here for all of these techno/pop releases in 2011!

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  6. firefly

    I don’t know why, but this made me feel really happy lol I love unthinkable and sleeping with a broken heart.

    I can’t wait to hear this new album <3

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  7. muzikfiiend

    @Jeon As I Am didn’t have any collaborations (John Mayer doesn’t count) and The Element of Freedom only had one (Drake doesn’t count).
    And obviously she didn’t use Put It In A Love Song with Beyonce to sell albums… she won’t even release the video. Now sit YO boring dumbass down!

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  8. Brandon

    GREAT NEWS! But really, does anyone know why “Put It In A Love Song” wasn’t released???? I’m still waiting for that video!

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  9. lost1wons

    should be interesting at the next Grammy’s, with some female heavy hitters, like Britney-Gaga-Beyonce, and now Alicia releasing albums this year, don’t know if i should include Jhud, but the competition is crazy -talent wise and sales wise.

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  10. Dante

    NEW MATEO MIXTAPE

    Mateo’s voice is AMAZING.
    If you’ve never heard of Mateo, youtube “Get To Know Me.” All Alicia Keys fans will love it!

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    Anita Reply:

    @Dante, Yes it is amazing.

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  11. Mely B

    Hot damn, make me scream like Summer Jam!!!

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  12. Brandon

    LOL @ Mely B! Truth!

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  13. Whoa Now...

    I’m sofa king excited!!!

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  14. GangsterA

    thats great a new alicia album will be dope nov or dec is perfect for a release date

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  15. Gladis

    Jeon and HasBeen can’t sit their ASSES down. How did Janelle take Alicia’s spot? Alicia won 2 grammys Sunday boo, totaling her to 14. Stop..and As I Am was not boring nor was TEOF. It was just not dumb and angry like you people like it nowadays. Alicia Keys>>>>>>>>>>>> period

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  17. Lovable

    Alicia Keys always puts out quality songs and albums.
    We all look forward to great music from her.

    The “Element of Freedom” is a dope album. It should have won a Grammy award for “Unthinkable” and “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” both were fiyah.

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  18. Alicias certified homewrecka

    @ jeon & hasbeen preach! Lol, she maybe doing krucial again. I feel bad for his wife

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    Anita Reply:

    @Alicias certified homewrecka, I feel bad for your family.

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  19. YoEarn

    This REALLY made my night. What a perfect ending. This is the news I have been waiting for. Keys never disappoints. Quality music at its best. Ppl are so focused with celebs lives, thats why ppl can’t even get their lives together.

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  20. alicia's a homewrecka

    @yoearn….the last line is such a blanket statement. too bad we all know alicia’s a homewrecka

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  21. Enji

    Soooo when are yall going to come up with another negative statement to call Alicia other than homewrecker. That shit is seriously old.
    Yall take one bad thing and run with it like it’s new.

    Anyways, back to the subject, which is about the release of new music. I doubt it’s an album, a single yes!! Can’t wait to see what they have in store.
    For as the “Put It In a Love Song”. That song could not live up to the hype of “Unthinkable”. For the Beyonce fans, maybe. And blame Gaga for releasing her “Telephone” video the same day that “PIIALS” was suppose to release. That pushed the release date back, then “Unthinkable” took over.

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  22. CagedBird

    This is great news! Alicia always release quality music. I hate that people associate slow/love songs to boring music. AK continue to bless us with your warm spirit and soul!

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