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Back And Better Than Ever: The Diary of Alicia Keys 20

Back And Better Than Ever: The Diary of Alicia Keys 20

The Diary of Alicia Keys 20 is set to be released on December 1, 2023, the 20th anniversary of the release of The Diary of Alicia Keys, Keys’ second studio album which came out on December 2, 2003.

This previous album topped the US Billboard 200 chart upon its release, earning 3 Grammys in the 47th Grammy Awards and selling over 8 million copies worldwide. Keys worked on it with a palette of producers, including Kanye West who co-wrote “You Don’t Know My Name” and Timbaland, who helped produce the song “Heartburn”. Most of the album was recorded in New York City but parts of it were also worked on internationally, in Paris, London, and Amsterdam.

The new album will contain all of the original album’s tracks, as well as nine additional songs. Keys will perform a once-in-a-lifetime anniversary concert on the day of the release, and a part of the proceeds will be donated to Keep a Child Alive. Additionally, four new music videos for her songs will be released. 

A tracklist of The Diary of Alicia Keys 20 is listed below:

“Harlem’s Nocturne”

“Karma”

“If I Was Your Woman”/”Walk on By”

“You Don’t Know My Name”

“If I Ain’t Got You”

“Diary” (featuring Tony! Toni! Toné! And Jermaine Paul)

“Dragon Days”

“Wake Up”

“So Simple” (featuring Lellow)

“When You Really Love Someone”

“Feeling U, Feeling Me” (Interlude)

“Slow Down”

“Samsonite Man”

“Nobody Not Really”

Bonus Tracks:

“If I Ain’t Got You” (featuring Queen Charlotte Global Orchestra)

“Golden Child”

“You Don’t Know My Name”/”Will You Ever Know It” (Reggae Mix)

“Diary” (Hani Mixshow featuring Tony! Toni! Toné! and Jermaine Paul)

“Streets of New York (City Life)” (AOL Broadband Rocks – live at Webster Hall)

“If I Ain’t Got You” (AOL Broadband Rocks – live at Webster Hall)

“Diary” (AOL Broadband Rocks – live at Webster Hall)

“You Don’t Know My Name” (AOL Broadband Rocks – live at Webster Hall)

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Monika Jeraj is a senior and one of the Arts & Entertainment editors for this year. She has been a part of Sword & Shield since junior year and enjoys writing entertaining articles about various topics. Outside of school, she loves to be outdoors, read, play music, and spend time with friends and family.
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