Alicia Keys’ “New Day”

Say ayyy.

“Party people say ‘ayyy, it’s a new day.'”

So sings Alicia Keys on her latest track which seems to herald a new era for the songstress best known for empowering ballads. “New Day” is more woo than womp, replete with rolling snares and a banging beat reminiscent of Swizz Beatz-produced Eve “Tambourine” (rumor has it AK’s hubby Beatz got behind the mixing desk on this one, too.) There’s no doubt AK can sing, and her vocals here channel late J. Lo and Rihanna over the requisite Keys piano jabs.

The music industry will be doing itself a discredit if this video does not feature sun-kissed babes with their arms up in a convertible interspersed with shots of a summery block party and Keys on the beach as the sun rises. Just sayin’.

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