Alicia Keys Performs Free Concert in Times Square To Celebrate New Album HERE2:58 AM
Set outdoors under the bright lights of the iconic Times Square, this historic concert experience was free for fans and a never been done before evening in honor of her forthcoming album.
Alicia brought out special guests throughout the night including John Mayer for a mash up of "If I Ain't Got You" and his song "Gravity" with Questlove playing drums.
For the encore, Alicia celebrated the music and activism of John Lennon in honor of his birthday.
This performance will air as a concert special on BET on November 3, the eve of her album release.
ALICIA KEYS NEW ALBUM HERE ON NOVEMBER 4
Alicia recently released the beautiful new song "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)" featuring A$AP Rocky from the upcoming album. Co-written by Alicia Keys and produced by Keys and Mark Batson, the song is a reflection of the honesty portrayed throughout all of HERE.
"My new song "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)" is inspired by my family's personal journey to cultivate deeper understanding, compassion, support and love," says Keys. "To me, family has no singular definition and the modern family is made up of all kinds of beautiful people willing to put love first." You can listen to "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)" here:
Urgent, intimate and musically daring, HERE is Keys' truth laid bare: each track a confession; every melody a prayer.
The majority of HERE's production credits belong to a creative force Keys calls theILLuminaries, comprised of herself; songwriter/producer Mark Batson; rapper/producer Swizz Beatz; and long-time Keys songwriting collaborator Harold Lilly. With this album, Keys made a list of things she wanted to talk about, themes she wanted to explore. The result is HERE speaking to Alicia's roots in NYC and hip-hop culture. The music on the album blends her perspective of the raw humanity of the world and who she is today as a woman and artist.
"On this album, I've arrived HERE," Keys says. "A place where I'm willing to truthfully look at myself in the mirror and to also see the reality of who we have become in this world. The good, the ugly, the shadows and the light. I've come to realize that in order for us to grow and to understand and accept each other we have to recognize the complexity of ourselves. We have to be able to talk about it and meet each other where we are, HERE."
HERE is available for pre-order now. A full track listing, list of performances and more information for HERE will be announced shortly.