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Alicia Keys will perform ahead of the Champions League final in Milan as part of the opening ceremony.

Alicia Keys will debut new music from her next album during the first-ever live musical performance as a part of the opening ceremony for the Champions League final in Italy next month.

UEFA announced that Grammy-winning singer Keys will be the first musical act to perform as a part of the final, which is aired in more than 220 countries.

The singer has been working on a follow-up to her 2012 studio album "Girl on Fire," but she was coy about the new songs she will be performing on May 28.

"I have to leave it as a surprise for sure 'cause that's ... part of the fun of it," Keys said in a phone interview from New York on Tuesday. "But you're definitely going to hear some new music."

She will have a global stage to introduce her new music to millions of football fans worldwide from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan and, as the inaugural performance for the opening ceremony, she said wants to put her own creative stamp on the show.

"It's pretty insane. I know there is going to be 80,000 people there in person and people all over the world are going to witness it and watch this and celebrate," Keys said. "It's a huge space to fill."

Keys also said she is looking forward to returning to Italy, a place that feels like home to her.

"My mother's family is from Italy, so whenever I go, I always feel the most loved," Keys said. "I feel like it's a homecoming of love in a lot of ways."

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