In February 2009, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé filmed the music video for “Put It in a Love Song,” a cut from Keys’ The Element of Freedom, in Brazil. Keys subsequently visited The Oprah Winfrey Show on March 5, 2010, to promote the video, yet it never was released.
Two years after the video shoot, people are still asking her: “where the hell is the ‘Put It in a Love Song’ video?” Essence caught up with the Grammy winner and presented her with the question yet again.
Essence: Fans have been dying to know what ever happen to the “Put It In a Love Song” video you shot with Beyoncé?
Keys: Ohhh man! Y’all aren’t going to leave me alone about that! Sometimes with creative things [it] all comes together and it’s (makes perfection kissing noise) and sometimes things almost come together and it’s better to just leave it. So we love that song. We had a ball shooting the video. It just so happens that the whole thing, for some reason or another, didn’t quite come together so we just decided to leave it. And that’s what happened.
Well, there you have it. She didn’t like the final product, so it never saw the light of day. Maybe Alicia and Bey will compensate fans yearning to see the video with a grand duet at this year’s Black Ball fundraising gala. Until then, revisit the video’s behind-the-scenes footage and re-watch the fan-captured footage of a pregnant Alicia “butter churning” live with Beyoncé.