Butta of the Week!: Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart


A few weeks back we premiered Alicia’s first single, Doesn’t Mean Anything from her new album, The Element of Freedom (great title!) arriving December 1st. The song had yet to grow on me, or on the charts in general so Alicia’s second single has been prepared in a hurry. Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart is a great song! It has a totally different sound for Alicia, with eerie keyboards that give it a cheesy 80s sound – but in a good way. Alicia’s voice is timidly quiet as she sings, “I’m gonna find a way to make it, without you…I’m gonna hold onto the times that we had” The lyrics are especially poignant as she sings about being strong enough to get through the lonely, sleepless nights without her lover no longer being in her life. The song is produced by 808 & Heartbreak collaborator Jeff Bhasker and Alicia.

Of course, all over the Internet, Alicia is catching flack left and right for her personal issues involving her relationship with producer/artist Swizz Beatz who was once (still is!) married to singer Mashonda. Mashonda and Swizz have two children together and Alicia is being viewed as a home-wrecker for being involved with a married man. People are going as far to say they will not support Alicia nor purchase her music because of her love life. They are condemning this song as a slap in the face to Mashonda who is possibly going through the same situation Alicia is singing about.  Hmmmmm. Hard for me to say, I’m no fan of home-wreckers, but as my girl Cinnamon will say, “Life is complicated” so we never will know what had transpired between the three of them involved. That being said, at the end of the day, I like the song and the ChokLitFactory is about the music so I will continue to post on Alicia’s new project. Enjoy!

Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart


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6 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. The second single is DOPE!!! It’s refreshing, and more upbeat in comparison to her other songs. “Doesn’t mean anything” was way too predictable (and alicia’s comfort zone).

  2. I think she can do a bit better than Swizz anyway….

  3. I really like this song…but I htink the 80’s pop sound may take a little getting used to.
    I’m sure this will be remixed…I would’ve liked to hear more piano…but change is good 🙂

  4. *think

  5. […] the past couple weeks, you may have picked up on my obsession with Alicia’s second single, Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart.  Since I heard it the first time, I knew it would become a number one hit! I even provided […]

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