The release of Alicia Keys‘ next album The Element Of Freedom was pressed back from December 1st to the 15th, but the songstress didn’t put the extra time to waste, as she used it to work on “the most exciting collaborations of my career yet.” Exciting is one way to put it, but incredible is more like it, as the 28-year-old singer will now have the bragging rights to say she’s worked with Beyonce and Drake.
Billboard.com reports on the collaborations saying:
“Put It In A Love Song” features Beyoncé, while “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” has background vocals by Drake. There’s also the reggae-tinged “Love is My Disease;” the 80s-inspired “This Bed;” and first and second singles “Doesn’t Mean Anything” and “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart,” which are at No. 18 and No. 41 on this week’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, respectively.
The thought of Beyonce and Alicia working together is astounding, I cannot wait to hear what they end up doing, but their vocal prowess let’s me know that the collaboration is going to blow people away.
Here’s a sneak peek of the tracklist for The Element of Freedom:
“Element Of Freedom (Intro)”
“Love Is Blind”
“Doesn’t Mean Anything”
“Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart”
“Wait Til You See My Smile”
“That’s How Strong My Love Is”
“Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)”
“Love Is My Disease”
“Like The Sea”
“Put It In A Love Song” (featuring Beyoncé)
“Distance And Time”
“How It Feels To Fly”
“Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down”
Then watch her 2009 American Music Awards performance of “Trying Sleeping With A Broken Heart”:
And her duet with Jay-Z, “Empire State Of Mind”:
After listening to both songs, are you excited about the direction Alicia’s decided to go in her next album? Let us know what you think so far and if you like either song, you should request to hear them on the radio. Then you could enter to win tickets to the Jay Z concert!