Alicia Keys has been hard at work on a new album, and she was eager to offer fans something to hold them over at this weekend’s much-hyped iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas, which also featured sets from Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Coldplay .
“I’ve been in the studio working on some new music, and I thought tonight would be the perfect night to play something new for you,” the singer said during her Friday set. “Is it OK for me to play something brand-new? Yes, let’s do it.”
The R&B songstress then delivered “A Place of My Own,” an uplifting, piano-driven tune about building up the courage to overcome struggles and find happiness. Despite some hoarse vocals, Keys did her best to perform the cut and continue on with her set list, which included hits like “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart,” “Unthinkable” and, of course, “Empire State of Mind” with special guest Jay-Z.
” ’Cause I’m lookin’ for a place to call my own/ I’m lookin’ for a house to make a home/ I’m lookin’ for a seat upon a throne/ I’m lookin’ for a place to call my own,” the singer belted alongside her live band.
Keys had earlier taken to her Twitter to share her excitement over the two-day music fest, target="_blank">writing, “Summer n vegas! 2nights show is gonna b insane!! Kinda wish I was n the audience! ;-) the @iHeartRadio Music Festival!”
Earlier this summer, Keys’ husband and musical collaborator Swizz Beatz teased even more new music when he gushed to MTV News about a potential duet between Keys and British belter Adele .
“I just thought that, man, this would be a great moment for both of them, because they have amazing styles and they both respect each other,” he explained. “They’re fans of each other. So let’s make this good for music.”
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