While singing about love lost and loneliness, the R'n'B diva plays a woman who works as a showgirl and a nightclub singer in Las Vegas.
Alicia Keys has debuted music video for "Tears Always Win". The video opens with Keys waking up alone in her motel room in Las Vegas. The 32-year-old singer then heads to her first workplace, where she does her job as a dancer in a Vegas nightclub.
She keeps singing about loneliness and lost love as she ditches her feathery costume and transforms into a lounge singer. Accompanied by some backing singers, Keys plays the piano and sings the emotional ballad in front of some guests.
"It's a girl and her working two jobs and she's got all these things going on," Keys told MTV last month of the story behind her new music video. "But the whole time, she's totally distracted because she's only thinking about how she feels [about her ex], almost at the point [where] you're thinking about the person, but you're also thinking about, kind of, your loneliness and how you feel. How're you gonna get through it?"
"The video is totally beautiful, really unexpected. It has some Vegas pieces in it. I think the way it goes on, it really brings a relevance to the words and you'll really feel it. I'm loving it," she added.
Produced by Jeff Bhasker and written by singer Bruno Mars, "Tears Always Win" is the fifth single off Keys' fifth studio album, "Girl on Fire". The album, which was released last November, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200.
Keys will next release her CD and DVD "VH1 Storytellers" on June 25. The CD/DVD will feature 11 performances from VH1's special that originally aired last November.
"Being a part of VH1 Storytellers was such a fun and fulfilling experience," she recently said of her involvement on the special. "It allowed me to do what I love most when I perform and that's interacting with the audience and getting to share a little more with them in an intimate setting. There's a story behind every song and now I've been able to really tell a few of them."
Alicia Keys' "Tears Always Win" music video