New music from the follow-up to Alicia Keys ' 2009 disc "The Element of Freedom" has been hotly anticipated for months, and on Thursday (June 28), the R&B star finally unveiled a celebratory new cut, "New Day."
As the song's beat springs back and forth and piano flourishes add a bit of seriousness, Keys sings about touching the sky and not letting chances go to waste. If "New Day" is indeed the lead single to Keys' fifth studio album, the track is her most upbeat lead single yet, following cuts like "You Don't Know My Name," "No One" and "Doesn't Mean Anything."
"So, what are doing for the summer??" Keys asked fans on Twitter  on Tuesday, before answering, "Yes! I'll be putting the finishing touches on this journey I'm dying to share with you!!!"
Keys has been teasing fans with new music for nearly a year: the singer performed new cut "A Place Of My Own" at the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival last September, and unveiled a song titled "Not Even The King" in April. "The Element of Freedom" has sold 1.5 million copies since its 2009 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
During downtime between work on her new album, Keys helped honor Stevie Wonder  with the Icon Award at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards last month. Click here  to watch video of their awards show duet.
- Hip-Hop