Alicia Keys: I want to sing with U2

ALICIA Keys revealed last night that she is hoping to follow her worldwide hit with Jay-Z by teaming up with even bigger names.

The singer spoke to The Razz ahead of her sell-out show at Glasgow’s SECC after appearing at the Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Wales.

And she is determined to eclipse the success of Empire State Of Mind by working with other rock legends.

Alicia said: “I have a little list. Prince is on it, M.I.A., Kings Of Leon and Maxwell. But I’ve always wanted to do something with U2.

“We are good friends and if we were to do something together, I think that would be really special.”

Alicia was thrilled to be back in Glasgow - her mum is half-Scottish - and insists her down-to-earth attitude is due to her mother’s heritage.

She said: “My mum and my gran are really wonderful. They gave me an example in the way that I was raised, to be considerate of others.

“That has given me a balance of how to be in this crazy world.

“I am most proud of being able to maintain who I am as a person.

“Of course, I have grown and changed in the way that comes with age but the actual person, who I have always been, I still am.

“There are places where the people are really good - Glasgow is one.

“There is a great vibe and the people are really open to what I do.”

Alicia recently sparked mania on the internet by launching an online search for a new blogger to work closely with her via website I Am A Superwoman.

She feels it is important to give women opportunities.

She said: “It is exciting to watch the site develop and come to life.

“We have been searching for our main head blogger, now we have thousands of people to look through.

“I am very excited about that coming together and becoming a part of people’s lives.

“I want to be a positive role model. There is so much negativity, in every story and in the news. Very rarely do we give anyone the good news.

“I’ve always wanted to be one of those bearers of good news. You can be a positive person, you can have a good life, it just depends on your outlook.”

Alicia has found herself thrust into the World Cup this year because of her Keep A Child Alive foundation, which helps AIDS-stricken kids and their families.

She said: “I am looking forward to going to Africa as part of the World Cup.

“So much of the work we do with Keep A Child Alive is based there. I am bringing five Americans and they will experience all the things that we have been able to do.

“It will be especially inspiring to see how it changes their lives.”