Keys' 'Diary' Delayed Until December

The highly anticipated release of Alicia Keys' next album has been pushed back a few weeks. Originally due Nov. 18, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," will be issued Dec. 2 by J Records in order to accommoda

The highly anticipated release of Alicia Keys' next album has been pushed back a few weeks. Originally due Nov. 18, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," will be issued Dec. 2 by J Records in order to accommodate the artist's as-yet-unannounced touring plans.

"It is very important to me to spend more time on the road playing for my fans," Keys explains in a statement. "In order to make it to all the cities I wanted to play, we needed to extend the schedule; therefore the release date has changed. I love my album and can't wait to share my new music with the people that have been so supportive from the beginning."

The album features production by Keys, as well as Kanye West and Kerri Brothers of Krucial Keys. Rappers Nas and Rakim collaborated with Keys on the ode to Gotham, "Streets of New York." The track samples "New York State of Mind (NY State of Mind 2003)" from Nas' 1994 Columbia debut, "Illmatic." Keys plays a piano lick over the loop, while the rappers open and close the track.

"Havin' Nas and Rakim together with me on one record is crazy," Keys says. "It's something so special and just truly unforgettable for me personally and anybody who grew up livin' and lovin' hip-hop. We were all born and raised in New York. This represents the real NYC! To me this is a New York anthem!"

The song, which recently appeared on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Bubbling Under Singles chart, can be sampled in the "In the Studio With Alicia Keys" section of her official Web site.

Other tracks that will appear on the set include "If I Ain't Got You," "If I Was Your Woman," "You Don't Know My Name" and "Diary." Missy Elliott appears on an unidentified cut.

Keys' debut album, "Songs in A Minor," debuted at No. 1 The Billboard 200 in July 2001. It spawned the hit singles "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth," and earned the artist five Grammy Awards.

As previously reported, Keys' "Someday We'll All Be Free" is among the exclusive tracks on the forthcoming "Sessions@AOL" compilation, due Oct. 14 via Atlantic. She's also due to guest star on a second season episode of NBC's nostalgic family drama "American Dreams."