While speaking to the publication about her new beauty campaign as the face of Givenchy's latest fragrance, the "Girl On Fire" singer opened up about the message she'd like to send with her forthcoming music.
"With this album, I find I have much more I want to talk about," Keys said. "This album is more about the concept, the thought I'm trying to get across, where in the past it's been more about the melody. This time it's more about what we're going through as human beings."
The 33-year-old singer went on to say she's bothered by the "boxes" humans are placed in "where we're only allowed to be one way."
"Like, 'to succeed as a career woman, you need to do it this way,' or 'to be a gay man, you have to be this way,'" she explained. "First of all, we're so much more complex than that."
Keys added that the new album would be about "breaking down those boundaries."
"The songs concentrate on concepts like that. As human beings, we like to identify with something, and as for me, I love people with a strong point of view," she said, adding that tracks like "Killing Your Mother," are not supposed to be taken literally.
In the end, the Grammy winner is simply excited to be creating "an entire body of work" for the first time in a long time.
"As artists, we stopped making albums and began making singles," she said. "Obviously record companies need to go where the business is, so we started making singles. Which is cool, but there's something so amazing about an entire body of work, a collective view, that sense that all of this music came from one artist."