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Alicia Keys Unveils 'New Day' Track From Upcoming Album

'It's like I'm a different person, a new person,' says singer of new LP

June 28, 2012 3:20 PM ET

Earlier this week, Alicia Keys posted a heartfelt video to YouTube in which she talks openly about the emotional crux of her new record, inspired by some major life changes including her marriage to producer Swizz Beatz and the birth of their son in 2010. "When it comes to sharing this music with you, I am like a caged animal that's dying to escape," says Keys. "We have a little bit of time to wait, but it's really approaching."

Keys fans did not have to wait long: on Thursday, the singer leaked "New Day," the first cut from her still-untitled follow up to 2009's The Element of Freedom. The track features rat-a-tat drums and steady, distant piano; lyrically, it seems to fit with Keys new outlook on life: "There's no limitation, no / Fill up your life/ Let me see your hands up."

In her video message, Keys says she has been working on the new record for over eight months now. "It's like I'm a different person, a new person," she explains. "Everything is new, from being married and having a baby, and what that's done for me in just giving me a sense of real stability, real connection, grounding, reason, and purpose. So much of the music that you're going to hear is talking about what that feels like, what we're all going through, all of us ... That empowerment, that freedom is definitely something that's reflected in this album."

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