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.”