Alicia Keys kicked f Labor Day weekend by bringing her soulful sounds to New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza on Friday morning.
As part the “Today” show’s “Citi Concert Series,” the R&B powerhouse delivered a series hits, including her latest single, “In Common.” However, instead just performing the new joint, she fered a twist.
“I want to do it in a way that’s a completely different way than you’ve ever heard it,” she said, before walking to a piano to provide a mellow, stripped-down iteration the infectious cut.
From there, Keys took things back for a medley “Girl on Fire” and “No One.” Going from the piano to simply rocking the mic, the songstress was her usual soulful and charismatic self.
As if that wasn’t enough, Keys also performed a rendition “You Don’t Know My Name” for the outdoor crowd. Backed by Young Guru, the “Back to Life” singer asked the crowd to join her in celebrating life. “It’s the last days summer,” she said. “We’re feeling so sad, but what we can do is we can dance it f.”
Beyond performing, Keys also joined the “Today” hosts for an interview. During the talk, she described her new album as an ode to her upbringing and hometown.
“This album is so much about life, New York City, us as people, all the stories I saw growing up,” she said. “It sounds like the New York that I know. It’s aggressive, it’s raw, it’s me being my most truthful…It is such powerful music. You are going to go crazy.”
During the interview, she also addressed her decision to leave make-up alone for the time being, calling it “empowering” and “freeing.” This motivated “Today” hosts to join Keys by taking their make-up f, as well.
Despite that, Alicia said she doesn’t actually hate make-up. “I love makeup,” she explained. “I love my lipgloss, I love my blush, I love my eyeliner. It’s not about that. At the same time, I don’t want to feel beholden [to it].”
Alicia Keys’ sixth album is due this fall.