Alicia Keys has new music on the way. After releasing the Amazing Spider-Man 2 single "It's On Again" earlier this year, the New York singer announced she's planning on a whole new album for 2015.
In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, Keys admitted she was working on a new record, and this one is about the experience of breaking down the walls of humanity... quite the task.
"With this album, I find I have much more I want to talk about. This album is more about the concept, the thought I'm trying to get across, where in the past it's been more about the melody," Keys said. "This time it's more about what we're going through as human beings. We all experience similar things. I find that the world puts us in these boxes where we're only allowed to be one way - like, 'to succeed as a career woman, you need to do it this way,' or 'to be a gay man, you have to be this way.'
"First of all, we're so much more complex than that. It's about breaking down those boundaries. The songs concentrate on concepts like that. As human beings, we like to identify with something, and as for me, I love people with a strong point of view."
Keys noted that her forthcoming effort will be more of one cohesive piece instead of a collection of singles, and she lamented the single-focused music market.
"As artists, we stopped making albums and began making singles," she said. "Obviously record companies need to go where the business is, so we started making singles. Which is cool, but there's something so amazing about an entire body of work, a collective view, that sense that all of this music came from one artist."
Full details about the album have yet to be revealed, beyond the tentative "early 2015" timeline.
Keys' new album will be her sixth studio effort and the immediate follow-up to her 2012 album Girl On Fire.