After taking a hiatus as a mom to two sons (1-year-old Genesis and 5-year-old Egypt), Alicia Keys is prepping her musical return. According to Billboard, the NY-bred Grammy-winning songstress has hired new management in preparation for a career comeback.
After being signed to Maverick Management in 2014, Keys has ended their relationship and has appointed her longtime co-manager Erika Rose as her main manager. She’s been an active business partner with Keys and the star’s company AK Worldwide, being an integral part in Keys’ album releases, world tours, film and stage productions, as well as philanthropic projects.
In a statement, Alicia says, “Erika has played an instrumental role in my artistry since day one. She is a strategic manager who makes smart decisions and understands the balance between business and creative endeavors. I feel a great sense of trust and clarity knowing she will be holding the reins of my career as my business partner. This is the best music I’ve made yet and the best time of my life is yet to come.”
Billboard also reveals Keys plans to release a new album this year. It will be her first in four years following 2012’s Girl On Fire.