After four years, Alicia Keys will put forth a new album.
Add Keys to the long list of mega pop stars eyeing a comeback to the music scene this year. We know Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson are crafting new records, and Keys wants in. Billboard reports the “Fallin'” singer amicably split from Maverick’s Guy Oseary and Ron Laffitte after two years of management, opting instead for longtime co-manager Erika Rose who will now act as Keys’ sole manager. Rose first started working for Keys in 2001 as the her road manager.
“Erika has played an instrumental role in my artistry since day one,” Keys says in a new statement, adding she plans to release a new album this year. “She is a strategic manager who makes smart decisions and understands the balance between business and creative endeavors. I feel a great sense of trust and clarity knowing she will be holding the reins of my career as my business partner. This is the best music I’ve made yet and the best time of my life is yet to come.”
The last major release from Keys was her fifth studio album Girl On Fire released in 2012, her lowest charting record ever. Let’s hope the new management arrangement proves beneficial.