R+B singer Alicia Keys welcomed the beginning of autumn last week (begs01SEP05), because she has had such a "lousy" summer.

The New York beauty usually loves the summer, but admits she hasn't enjoyed herself over the past few months.

She says, "My summer has been lousy, I have to say.

"Not because of any particular thing, but because I haven't really honoured the summer tradition of really having a good time. I kinda suck, I do!"