Fresh off the American Music Awards with two unforgettable performances of “Empire State of Mind” with Jay-Z and her new single “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart,” 12-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys goes into high gear with a whirlwind of activities in support of her fifth album The Element of Freedom out December 15 on MBK Entertainment/J Records.
In addition to “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” and “Doesn’t Mean Anything,” The Element of Freedom features Keys soulfully soaring solo version of “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down,” a beat-driven duet with Beyoncé on “Put It In A Love Song,” “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” with background vocals provided by Drake, the reggae-tinged “Love is My Disease,” a 80’s funk jam “This Bed” and more sonic gems. The album features production by Alicia Keys, her longtime collaborator Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Jeff Bhasker, Swizz Beatz, and Noah “40” Shebib. Complete track listing below.
Keys recently made her national TV debut performance of “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” on Dancing With The Stars and recreated that magic Sunday night on the 2009 American Music Awards. Up next are performances on The Today Show Outdoor Concert Series (11/24) and Oprah (11/30) where she joins country music superstar Tim McGraw for a duet performance of John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” for the holiday show. She’ll continue to spread holiday cheer on NBC’s Christmas at Rockefeller (12/2), followed by performances on Late Show with David Letterman (12/14), The Colbert Report (12/15), The View (12/16), BET 106 & Keys Live Special (12/16) and a return visit to The Today Show (12/17).
The Element of Freedom track listing:
01 Element Of Freedom (Intro)
02 Love Is Blind
03 Doesn’t Mean Anything
04 Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
05 Wait Til You See My Smile
06 That’s How Strong My Love Is
07 Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)
08 Love Is My Disease
09 Like The Sea
10 Put It In A Love Song (featuring Beyoncé)
11 This Bed
12 Distance And Time
13 How It Feels To Fly
14 Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down