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New Music: Alicia Keys - 'New Day'

By July 24, 2012

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Alicia Keys - New DayThroughout her career, singer-songwriter-musician Alicia Keys has always released a power ballad as the first single from each of her albums. First there was her debut single, "Fallin," which led the way for her first album, 2001's Songs in A Minor. Then there was the melancholy "You Don't Know My Name" from her sophomore album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, in 2003. And who could forget the soaring "No One" in 2007 off her third album, As I Am? But apparently, Alicia's more than willing to break with this trend, because the first single from her upcoming fifth album is a far cry from anything she's ever put out before. The song, which is appropriately called "New Day," could either be an official first single, or a buzz track put out there just to get people talking and gauge their reactions. The most striking thing about it is the hard-thumping hip-hop production, which is handled by her husband, Swizz Beatz. Unfortunately, the upbeat, fast-paced backing music overpowers the vocals throughout much of the song, but the positive, optimistic vibe in Alicia's voice is pretty clear. No word yet on the upcoming album's title or if this is the official lead single or not, but once more info becomes known, it'll be posted right here. In the meantime, the song can be streamed via the link below.

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