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Alicia Keys Covers ‘Time Out’ Magazine Make-Up-Free Face

Singer Alicia Keys continues her make-up-free comeback campaign a-front of Time Out Magazine New York. 

It’s the latest in a long line of promotional spots lined up for the star’s return to the spotlight.


In her feature interview, it’s revealed that collaborators on the LP include Pharrell and Swizz BeatzIt’s also alluded to that ‘Common’ may not make the final tracklist. We wonder why.

Elsewhere, Keys said…

On The Album’s Theme

“It all started with uncensoring myself. We allow ourselves to become censored because we don’t want to offend people. We’ll be whoever everyone wants us to be. I didn’t want to be that anymore. This was the first time I created music with such intention. Coupled with the fire that’s in the world is the inescapable fire in myself.”

On Her Make-Up-Less Movement

“I promise you I had no idea that it would be such a touchstone. I was just sharing this revelation: I realized I’d been covering up in so many ways. What if I don’t want to put on makeup, heels, get all dressed up?

We’re trying to break out of our inherited stereotypes and misinformation. It’s screwing us all up. I’m trying to work on loving myself the best that I can.”

On Not Compromising & Finding Her Freedom

“I never thought I was artistically compromised. Between my first manager [Jeff Robinson], my former A&R [Peter Edge], who is now head of RCA, and Clive Davis, none of them told me what to do. At the same time, I didn’t have the knowledge I have now

But you’re absolutely right. I did have to find my freedom. There comes a time when you have to become a woman, stand on your own two feet. That’s why this music has such a surprising, relentless, raw New York energy.”

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