Alicia Keys' "Unplugged" CD/DVD, due this week via J, has no shortage of special guests, including Common, Mos Def, Damian Marley and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.Alicia Keys' "Unplugged" CD/DVD, due this week via J, has no shortage of special guests, including Common, Mos Def, Damian Marley and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. But the project nearly got a major lift from rock legends Bruce Springsteen and Keith Richards, who had to back out at the last minute.
"I was going to cry," Keys says with a laugh. "Bruce and I were going to do 'New York City Serenade' but the schedule just conflicted. And with Keith, the day the show taped was the day the Stones started rehearsal for their tour. But it was really lovely to reach out to people I admire and for them to be so down to do it."
At the taping, Keys used the opportunity to premiere a new song, "Unbreakable," which was originally intended to appear on her 2003 studio album, "The Diary of Alicia Keys." It's No. 14 this week on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
"We set the crowd up and the vibe was just perfect, and then I walked over to my piano and I asked them if they wanted to hear something new, and they just went crazy," Keys enthuses. "It was so great to perform that song there for the first time."