Alicia Keys Debuts Passionate ‘Hallelujah’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’
Plus, "Roy Orbison" sings Justin Bieber
Alicia Keys is back with her second new single, “Hallelujah,” a smoky, passionate number she debuted on Saturday Night Live last night. Opening with humble solo piano, “Hallelujah” builds into a string-filled ballad with a gospel-inspired chorus and closes on Keys’ show-stopping final notes.
On Wednesday, Keys hit us with the sultry, tropical “In Common,” and she performed it during her SNL appearance as well. The follow-up to her 2012 album Girl on Fire is expected later this year. Catch both performances (introduced by host Brie Larson) below.
Last night’s SNL also featured skit called “Hologram Album”: a laser-beam version of Bing Crosby shilling a Kidz Bop-style compilation of Top 40 covers by long-dead stars. Holographic Roy Orbison (Taran Killam) sings Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and holographic Eartha Kitt (Sasheer Zamata) tries out Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Some covers are better than others; watch them all below, via Stereogum.