New Music: Alicia Keys – ‘Brand New Me’

Brand New Me

Alicia Keys discovers herself on the introspective ballad “Brand New Me,” co-written by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé. The Grammy-winning songstress debuted the piano-driven song live at the iTunes Music Festival in London, and it will appear on her upcoming album Girl on Fire, due November 27.

“It’s been awhile, I’m not who I was before/ You look surprised, your words don’t burn me anymore/ Been meaning to tell you, but I guess it’s clear to see/ Don’t be mad, it’s just a brand new kind of me/ Can’t be bad, I found a brand new kind of free,” sings Alicia, who explained the song’s premise.

“‘Brand New Me’ is about the journey it takes to get to a place where you are proud to be a new you,” she told The BoomBox. “There is nothing wrong with growing. There may be people in your life that knew you for a long time and they think of you only as the person you used to be and not the person you now are. And this song is a conversation introducing them to the new you, where nothing can hold you back and no one can hold you down.”

In addition to Sandé, Girl on Fire features contributions from Maxwell, Nicki Minaj, Babyface, Pop & Oak, Salaam Remi, John Legend, and more.



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41 Comments

  1. J. V.

    I LOVE IT!

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    MinajRules2013too Reply:

    @J. V., So, what’s Brand New about this homewrecker? Not a thing. Still a tramp and have lost the talent she had!! Bye Alicia.

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    Curt Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, Please don’t come here repping tacky-assed Nicki Minaj to come diss Alicia Keys… You’re on her personal shit, while everyone else is checking for her music. When you know what talent is, you can come back. Until then, GO SIT DOWN, TROLL.

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    LAnena Reply:

    @Curt, For real! why do you guy continue to entertain this Troll! Ignore it! Its like going to the Zoo and feeding the bears even though the sign says “Don’t feed the bears”.

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    OMG Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too,

    Same story as you. Still hating… still broke!

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    ICANT Reply:

    @MinajRules2013too, Holy ****, you are STILL here talking ****. STILL spending ALL those thoughts on Alicia. Just sad.

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  2. Nicole

    Wow!!!!!!!!

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  3. ManMan

    AMAZING. THE BRIDGE>

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    Stephanie Reply:

    @ManMan, Yeah, the bridge is niiiiiice!!! :-)

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  4. Jay-Me

    This track is simply incredile.

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  5. deeJAY

    Love It. Perfect.

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  6. Troy

    This is a really good song!

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  7. Sonya

    Love this song, but still don’t believe she’s changed that much. From what I’ve heard from the new album this is the best and I don’t see how anything could be much better.

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    Asa Reply:

    @Sonya, I agree, that I don’t think she’s changed that much as an artist. I’m sure as a person and individual she’s changed a lot though, and that’s probably more what it’s about.

    I would assume. I don’t know if the new album will be her ‘best’, don’t really care. I’ll probably love it though, it’ll be hard to top Songs in A Minor for me.

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    Sonya Reply:

    @Asa, I think Alicia is growing as an artist and I do think her music is changing as she grows. What I don’t believe is that she herself has changed that much. She’s more just growing and facing a lot of different changes but deep down I feel she’s the same person she’s always been. Maybe a little more in control but the same. ??? Can’t wait for the album.

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  8. Arno

    i wanna marry her!!!!!

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  9. AZ BANKS-TRICK

    BORING

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    Mimi Reply:

    @AZ BANKS-TRICK, keep the negative ish to ya self.

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    roy Reply:

    @Mimi, this isnt a fan site she has just as much right to an opinion as you do

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    kelvin Reply:

    @AZ BANKS-TRICK, clealry u need to listen closer and get motivated

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  10. LOL

    Alicia is Class Act…..great song!

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  11. Yasmine

    Emeli Sande is so damn talented. Love this song!

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  12. Mimi

    Love it,, keep doing yo thang girl!!!

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  13. Stephanie

    “Simply” beautiful…her vocal delivery & the lyrics on this song & Not Even The King are spot on…GOF is shaping up to be Alicia’s best “lyrical” album yet…can’t wait to get this album!!! :-)

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    roy Reply:

    @Stephanie,most of her lyrics are written by other people so i dont understand this comment

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    Benny Reply:

    @roy, Alicia has a writing credit on every single song on every album whether it’s solo or co-written. The only tracks without her name on the writing credits are her covers – how come you don’t call my name, if I was your woman, wild horses, every little bit hurts.

    You TRIED though.

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    kelvin Reply:

    @roy, silly, she wrote most of her songs on songs in a minor when she was just fifteen, tell me that aint fucking talent

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  14. bibi93

    Great song!!

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  15. Jay Zee

    LIFE.

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  16. Manj

    Very nice song

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  17. E.Dot

    I like the lyrics of the song. It’s still a little boring like the rest of her new music tho.

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  18. JeRome

    Awesome … A beautiful song

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  19. Kayla

    Boring. I’m not here for her new stuff.

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  20. Justdr

    This mess is horrible.! WTF is Beyonce at.!?!

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  21. Kyle

    This song is lyrically spot on. Very inspiring and uplifting. I can’t wait to get my hands on her new album.

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  22. Jay

    LOVE IT!!! Music really needs Alicia!!! Very powerful song and message. This right here is gonna be my new anthem. Can’t wait to get this album!!!! Don’t be mad. It’s a brand new kinda me… :)

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  23. Jayla

    Love this

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  24. Ice

    I’m liking her singles from this album, much better than her last album.

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  25. koko

    Love it!!!!!! Very powerful. 11-27!

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  26. Mariana

    U rock

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  27. Curt

    I love the fact that she’s taking a different approach with her single choices. her last three album promos went like this: First single- radio-friendly, cute and lovey. 2nd single- heartwrenching, expressing the pains of love. 3rd single, upbeat, funner song that gets no airplay. Way to change it up!

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