Listen to Alicia Keys' first single in four years

Alicia Keys has come a long way from being name-checked in a Bob Dylan song. Since her first album, “Songs in A Minor,” was released in 2001, Keys has gradually (and at times, suddenly) made the jump from neo-soul and R&B to a far more polished pop sound. After all, why singĀ “If I Ain’t Got You” if “No One” is what got her into arenas in the first place? However, after four years of making guest appearances on soundtracks and NBC singing competitions, Keys has released her first single in four years, “In Common.”

Thankfully, the time away seems to brought back an older sensibility to her music. The song immediately feels at home among currently popular dancehall-based hits like Drake’s “Controlla” and Rihanna’s smash “Work.” It’s not hard to imagine that public pools, skating rinks and theme parks the country over will have a field day this summer with the song. Take a listen below and stay tuned for the inevitable Keys album/tour announcement.



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Kevin Stairiker is a features writer for Fly. He is a graduate of Temple University and enjoys writing in third person. When he isn't writing, he's probably playing guitar for a litany of bands, reading comics or providing well-needed muscle at The Double Deuce.

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