It was also a critical success, with reviewers applauding her nuanced vocal performances and the balanced quality of her healing messages, as well as the music's accessibility. Artist: Alicia Keys. [16] On November 20, "Time Machine" was released as the album's next single. [5] She says that working on both projects served as "the best therapy" ever for her. [3], The album's direction, which Keys describes as "genreless", is oriented toward evoking a particular mood rather than conforming to a singular sound. [17], In December 2019, Keys revealed the album's title in an interview with Billboard,[6] and she formally announced Alicia on January 20, 2020, posting the cover art to her social media accounts. [9] Songs such as "Authors of Forever" convey more positive pleas for "hope and change". Alicia Keys is back with a new album and tour. [6], Musically, Alicia departs from the loose experimentation of Keys' previous album, Here (2016). Best Albums of September 2020: Alicia Keys, Neil Young, Toots and the Maytals, and More Here are the best albums of last month, from horn-driven reggae-funk blasts to autumnal pleasantness Download [4] While the album was being completed in May 2019, Keys also wrote her memoir, More Myself: A Journey (2020). Image via Publicist. Instead, the music revisits the styles of her earlier work, including piano-based ballads and bass drum-driven R&B songs, albeit with less emphatic hooks. Verified Purchase. Alicia (stylized in all caps) is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. Alicia Keys delivered the news today that she’s coming out with a new, self-titled album. Alicia's mostly low-tempo and subtly performed music is rooted in the R&B and soul styles of Keys' earliest work, while her lyrics explore sociopolitical concerns and forms of love with ideas shared in her memoir, More Myself (2020), written in the same period as the album's recording. Listen to Alicia Keys’ Seventh Album ‘ALICIA’. Alicia Keys' new album release has been postponed and twitter found out about the new date before she was able to announce it. Artists: Alicia Keys. Style: R&B. Alicia Keys had some good news and bad news for her fans on Thursday (March 19).. The planned March 2020 release date of Alicia Keys ' seventh studio album fell between the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Keys -- who also performed her new single, the strum-and-clap pop anthem "Underdog" -- and the publish date of her memoir More Myself: A Journey. [29][30], During Alicia's first week of release, Keys made appearances on Good Morning America and the iHeartRadio Music Festival,[31][32] as well as headlined a virtual concert in partnership with American Express to coincide with the album's worldwide release on September 18. 1 Among Women in Billboard 200's History", "Alicia Keys Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)", "Alicia Keys on Twitter: "My brother @inglewoodSiR buggin'!!!! The release was first postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The long wait for Alicia Keys' new album is over. [3], On September 17, 2019, Keys debuted the album's lead single, "Show Me Love", and its accompanying music video at Dolby Soho in New York City. However, earlier that month, streaming services listed the date as May 15. September 18, 2020. in Album Streams. 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[49] The Arts Desk journalist Joe Muggs singled out her performances on "Perfect Way to Die", "Wasted Energy", and "Time Machine", where her "multi-octave range is put to fantastic use harmonizing with herself". [13] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic (declared in March), the release was postponed for September 18. [18] The album was originally scheduled to be released on March 20. ALICIA (cover art shown above) is set to be released worldwide on March 20, via RCA Records. The recorded units included 51,000 traditional album sales, 10,000 streaming-equivalent units (or 13.6 million in on-demand streams of album tracks), and 1,000 track-equivalent units (sales of individual tracks). 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Nov 27, 2020. "[47] Will Hodgkinson, in a review for The Times, declared it "songs in the key of modern life from R&B royalty" and welcomed Keys' return to the sophisticated sounds of her first album, Songs in A Minor (2001). [2], "Alicia Keys Has Passion, Advice and Aplomb on 'Alicia, "Alicia Keys reveals the inspiration behind her new album in 'Essence' cover story". A more desperate sense of hope features in the album's closing series of unadorned piano-and-vocal performances, "Perfect Way to Die" and "Good Job", which thematize police brutality and essential work, respectively. Bitrate: 320kbps. [9] "Good Job" (released as a single on April 23, 2020)[17] and "Perfect Way to Die" (released on June 19, 2020)[17] were performed on CNN and the BET Awards 2020, respectively. [7] The former is written from the perspective of a mother in grief over her son, who was shot to death by the police, while the latter is written in tribute to "the mothers, the fathers, the teachers that reach us", and the like working an ordinary day. [35] She will also embark on Alicia – The World Tour in 2021, after the 2020 dates of the tour were postponed due to the pandemic. January 23, 2020 Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is dropping new music! At the aggregate website Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 77, based on 12 reviews. Year: 2020. [14] The first televised performance of the track took place that weekend as part of her set at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival. [42], Reviewing for NME in September 2020, Nick Levine was impressed by the cohesive musical feel throughout and the skill behind Keys' ballads, which he said emanate well-intentioned positive energy and empathic political engagement. Alicia Keys has released her latest, self-titled offering, ALICIA. While highlighting the more radically styled collaborations in "Wasted Energy" and "Me x 7", he concluded that Alicia is "at once her most accessible and forward-minded album in years". Ask and you shall receive, our special version of 3 Hour Drive is available to stream right now!! She posted a picture of the album art and captioned the post, “#ALICIA The Album 3/20.” Not only will Alicia give her fans new music, she will also be hitting the road for a world tour. [9] In the process, individual songs incorporate elements of particular styles, including downtempo R&B ("Show Me Love"), old-fashioned funk ("Time Machine"), folk-influenced soul ("Gramercy Park"),[9] dub ("Wasted Energy"), Caribbean music ("Underdog"),[7] and country ("Gramercy Park"). A post shared by Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) on Mar 19, 2020 at 6:02pm PDT Keys has previously shared three singles from the album, including “Time Machine,” “Underdog” and the Miguel-assisted “Show Me Love.” ALICIA will be the singer’s seventh studio album and … [9] According to The New York Times chief pop critic Jon Pareles, the music "often hollows itself out around her, opening deep bass chasms or surrounding sparse instrumentation with echoey voids". In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LP was pushed back to May, and ultimately to September, synchronized with Keys ' … [9] Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani also applauded the content and compared it to "the most effective political pop", saying Keys "strikes a careful balance between hope and despair". — Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) September 16, 2020 The long-awaited project, which was delayed from March due to COVID, marks Keys’ first album since 2016’s Here. Alicia Keys Announces New Album and 2020 Tour Dates Chanel Love. The singer’s seventh studio album ALICIA has been delayed two months. Sampha) 07 – Me x 7 (Feat. Size: 125 Mb. [33] Further promotional appearances included a week long engagement on the The Late Late Show with James Corden from September 21 to 24[34] and a performance at the 2020 Billboard Awards on October 14. The R&B songstress announced her new album’s release date on her Instagram account. 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