Alicia Keys has been working on the followup to her ‘Element of Freedom’ since 2010 so it was only a matter of time before we heard some of her new material. Indeed, the singer hit the stage at MTV Upfront last evening and debut a new song called ‘Not Even A King’.
Belting from behind her trusty piano, Keys shared ‘Not Even A King’ for the first time with the Beacon Theatre crowd. There is still no word regarding when she will release her new album, if the song will be issued as a single or if her playmate Mariah Carey will be a part of the project.
Watch Keys perform ‘Not Even A King’ below:
Honestly, what makes ‘Not Even A King’ different from every other Keys song since 2007? This tune could have easily fit in on ‘As I Am’ or ‘The Element of Freedom’ so it’s difficult to see how her experiences of marriage or motherhood inspired artistic growth.
With R&B currently being in a very unfavourable position, Keys needs to push herself to try new sounds. Of course, by that I don’t mean copy Sade’s catalogue and claim that it is something innovative.
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