Dre gives "New Day" a drum-line-inspired snare stutter; Keys delivers a powerful, hushed vocal on "Not Even the King." The disc was mostly recorded in New York, but Keys also spent time working in Jamaica, where she wrote "Listen to Your Heart," an eerie piano ballad co-written with John Legend.
Other partners on the disc include longtime collaborator Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Babyface, Nicki Minaj and guitarist Gary Clark Jr.
"The album has so much variety – there's crazy frenetic energy, and moments where it's totally intimate." Last year, Keys went on a four-city solo tour to mark the 10th anniversary of her smash debut, .It also placed at number 48 on Billboard's "Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs".The song won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 2008 Grammy Awards on February 10, 2008.During the ceremony, Keys performed it in a duet with John Mayer."No One" was also the most listened song on US radio of 2008 with 3.08 billion listeners.