Alicia Keys on New Album: “It’s More About What We’re Going Through as Human Beings”

The buzz is slowing expanding around Alicia Keys’ forthcoming sixth studio album, which Pharrell called “groundbreaking” back in March (2014).

Keys, who is the new face of Givenchy’s Dahlia Divin fragrance, have already logged studio time with the hit producer as well as frequent collaborator Emeli Sande, and admits she will get more personal with this project.

“With this album, I find I have much more I want to talk about,” Keys told WWD. “This album is more about the concept, the thought I’m trying to get across, where in the past it’s been more about the melody. This time it’s more about what we’re going through as human beings. We all experience similar things. I find that the world puts us in these boxes where we’re only allowed to be one way… It’s about breaking down those boundaries. The songs concentrate on concepts like that. As human beings, we like to identify with something, and as for me, I love people with a strong point of view.”

With this creative mindset, Keys plans to make a full album and not an offering based on singles. She adds, “…there’s something so amazing about an entire body of work, a collective view, that sense that all of this music came from one artist.”

The new project is set to drop in early 2015.

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