EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Keys reveals why she's stepping away from 'The Voice'


Alicia Keys is focusing on new music.

As the "Blended Family" singer continues to coach Stephanie Rice, Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue towards The Voice Top 10, she's also announced that she won't be returning alongside Miley Cyrus for the show's next season. Though Keys hasn't ruled out an eventual return to her big red chair, she told ET on Monday night to expect a follow-up to her 2016 album, Here, very soon.

"I'm about halfway," she said of the process.

"I'm ready for the next one already, which was kind of the plan the whole time," she said. "I wanted to put out Here where they have a statement body of work, and my next body of work is already in the works. I'm excited!"

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Portrait of singer Alicia Keys, New York, 2001. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)
Alicia Keys (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage for The Recording Academy)
Alicia Keys, winner of multiple NAACP Image awards, including Outstanding Female Artist (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Eli Harris and Alicia Keys at the Lower East Side in New York, New York (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: Alicia Keys performs during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama is hosting ten Inaugural Balls this eveing. Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States today, becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the US. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Alicia Keys attends the Chanel Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on March 6, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Alicia Keys attends the 98th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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US singer Alicia Keys performs during the 13th music festival Mawazine in Rabat on June 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats attend the 8th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys attend 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala on April 2, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys attend the screening of 'Five' at Skylight SOHO on September 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz peform at Webster Hall on December 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 04: Alicia Keys attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
RABAT, MOROCCO - JUNE 7: American singer Alicia Keys performs during the last day of 13th Mawazine Music Festival on 7 June, 2014. (Photo by Mustapha Houbais/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Alicia Keys performs during the outside broadcast of the MTV EMA's 2014 at on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images for MTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Alicia Keys arrives at Unite4good And Variety Host 1st Annual Unite4:humanity Event on February 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys attends the 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' New York Premiere on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz speak onstage during Keep A Child Alive's 11th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Child2014/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Singer Alicia Keys attends the 2014 DVF Awards on April 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alicia Keys' 'Blue Moon: From The Journals Of Mama Mae & LeeLee' Book Release at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on November 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 7: Alicia Keys appears on CBS This Morning with Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 for the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
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"I can't wait for you to hear new music, and so that's one of the reasons why I won't be able to come back next season," she continued. "But I love writing. It's just the most beautiful, exciting things, and every time I get better. That's the blessing and magic of writing."

Blake Shelton, however, seemed skeptical of Keys' exit from The Voice.

"I know she's not going anywhere," he joked. "It's all just a media thing, a ploy. She'll be back next year and the year after that. They are going to wait and do some, you know, Carson [Daly] is going to be in the Orange Room at the Today show and be like, 'Oh, what? This just in! Wow!'"

The Voice Top 10 will be revealed on Tuesday night's broadcast on NBC.

FLASHBACK: Watch Alicia Keys Serenade a 'Voice' Hopeful - Is This the Coaches' Favorite Contestant Yet?!

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The Voice - Season 12
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THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 11' Episode: 1216B -- Pictured: (l-r) Hunter Plake, Gwen Stefani, Brennley Brown-- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semi Finals' Episode 1218B -- Pictured: (l-r) Brennley Brown, Hunter Plake, Jesse Larson -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semi Finals' Episode: 1218B -- Pictured: (l-r) TSoul, Vanessa Ferguson, Hunter Plake, Brennley Brown, Jesse Larson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semi Finals' Episode: 1218B -- Pictured: (l-r) Aliyah Moulden, Chris Blue, Lauren Duski, Jesse Larson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- "Live Semi Finals" Episode: 1218B -- Pictured: (l-r) Brennley Brown, Hunter Plake, Jesse Larson, Carson Daly -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- "Live Semi Finals" Episode 1218A -- Pictured: Aliyah Moulden -- (Photo by:Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semi Finals' Episode 1218B -- Pictured: Jesse Larson -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semi Finals' Episode: 1218B -- Pictured: DNCE -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semi Finals' Episode: 1218A -- Pictured: Aliyah Moulden -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1215B -- Pictured: (l-r) Troy Ramey, Mark Isaiah -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Playoffs' Episode: 1214B -- Pictured: Troy Ramey -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Playoffs' Episode 1214B -- Pictured: (l-r) Brennley Brown, Hunter Plake, J Chosen, Johnny Gates, Quizz Swanigan, Troy Ramey -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1215B -- Pictured: (l-r) Blake Shelton, Aliyah Moulden, Lauren Duski, TSoul -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1215B -- Pictured: (l-r) Lauren Duski, TSoul, Aliyah Moulden -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode: 1215B -- Pictured: Alicia Keys -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1215B -- Pictured: (l-r) TSoul, Stephanie Rice, Troy Ramey, Mark Isaiah -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode: 1215B -- Pictured: Adam Levine -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1215B -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark Isaiah, Lilli Passero, Adam Levine, Jesse Larson -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode: 1215B -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark Isaiah, Lilli Passero, Adam Levine, Jesse Larson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode: 1215B -- Pictured: (l-r) Aliyah Moulden, Blake Shelton, Lauren Duski, TSoul -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode: 1215A -- Pictured: Chris Blue -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode: 1215A -- Pictured: Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode: 1215A -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode: 1215A -- Pictured: (l-r) Aliyah Moulden, Lauren Duski, Lilli Passero, Vanessa Ferguson, Brennley Brown, Troy Ramey, Hunter Plake, Stephanie Rice, Chris Blue, TSoul, Mark Isaiah, Jesse Larson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1215A -- Pictured: Lauren Duski -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode: 1215A -- Pictured: Aliyah Moulden -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 10' Episode: 1217B -- Pictured: Gwen Stefani -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semi Finals' Episode: 1218B -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- "Live Top 10" Episode: 1217B -- Pictured: (l-r) Hunter Plake, Gwen Stefani, Brennley Brown -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 08: (L-R) Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys attend 'The Voice' Season 12 coaches red carpet at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 8, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images For NBC)
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