"I definitely found a freedom within the music that totally comes out for me," the singer — who will perform "Empire State of Mind" with Jay-Z at the opening game of the World Series on Wednesday — told MTV News last week about the forthcoming album. "I just want to break my own mold. I want to break my own rules. I want to break my own box. So, if you think of me a certain way, I want to move outside of that."
The singer wants her fans to know that she's still the singer they know and love, but she's hoping to step up her sound a bit. She explained, "I never want to do what I already did. I want to stay true to who I am and push and push it farther than I ever did before."
Keys also wants her music to push fans to experience her music in new ways with this album. "You can expect, like, to be moved," she said. "You can expect to really be into a zone. I think you can expect the unexpected cause there's going to be things that you're going to be like, 'Wow, is that her? Is that her?' And I love that about it. You can definitely expect to see major growth, but you're going to fall in love with this album."