Alicia Keys is off the road until July, but fans can catch a glimpse of her live show in the upcoming video for “How Come You Don’t Call Me.”
The clip, which was filmed last weekend in Los Angeles, opens with Keys singing around the house, but the setting — and music — soon change.
“The interesting part is that halfway through the song she actually switches to singing the song live,” Key’s J Records spokesperson explained. “So you have the studio version and the live version as the scene changes. Pretty hot.”
Keys and director Little X (Jay-Z, DMX) filmed the live portion of the video at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
Along with the innovative use of music, the video also marks a historic moment for Keys — it’s the first time she will reveal her hair without braids, the spokesperson said.
“How Come You Don’t Call Me,” the third single from the acclaimed Songs in A Minor, is a reinterpretation of Prince’s 1982 B-side “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”
Keys debuted a year ago with her massive hit “Fallin’ ” and has been on a red-hot streak since. She won five Grammys at last month’s ceremony, tying Lauryn Hill for most wins by a female solo artist, and she was named Best New Artist at the World Music Awards in Monaco a week later.
Before launching a two-month tour July 2 in Milwaukee (see “Alicia Keys To Hit The Road In July” ), Keys will work on material for her next album, due by the end of the year or in early 2003.
After the Grammy Awards, Keys said she wasn’t feeling any added pressure to follow up Songs in A Minor.
“I’m not even one bit concerned about that,” she said. “How you top anything is by coming from your heart and doing what you have always done. Nothing has changed. I am ready for the next album.”