This past year has been bit of a whirlwind for Alicia Keys.
She has collaborated with Jay-Z on the chart-topping single “Empire State of Mind”–including an electrifying pre-game World Series performance–and is currently enjoying her own hit record with “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” from her upcoming fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom.
In the forthcoming December ’09/January ’10 issue of Uptown, Keys discusses her professional and personal aspirations–from marriage, acting, music and gossip.
Keys addresses the rumors concerning her alleged affair with producer Swizz Beats, formerly married to singer Mashonda. “I felt I had to speak out about things and clear my name,” she says. “But as time went on I realized it was a waste of energy. I think it’s better to just keep things moving. People will take [your business] and run with it in whichever direction they choose.”
Rumors aside, Keys is focusing on the positives in her life, such her charity work with the Keep a Child Alive foundation, and her new company AK Worldwide.
Her album, The Element of Freedom, will drop on December 15. —Caroline Acosta