Alicia Keys may be a “Girl On Fire,” but she exposes an androgynous edge on the single cover. The song is the lead single and title track from her forthcoming fifth studio album. Prior to the album’s November 27th release date, Keys will perform the ‘empowering record’ at the MTV VMAs. The audio is scheduled to be released on September 4th.
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Upon the album title’s announcement, fans of The Hunger Games quickly assumed that it was a reference to Katniss Everdeen. EW caught up with the 14-time Grammy winner and asked her about the title.
“You know, the funny thing is that it’s actually not. It was such a shock when I heard about The Hunger Games — I wasn’t aware of the book at that point. And I didn’t realize that, I guess, that’s what they call the one girl. So we tried very hard to make it all work and put the song in — and to put parts of what I was developing in with the movie. Anyway, obviously it came out way too early, so the timing wasn’t right. But, no, it has nothing to do with The Hunger Games. That powerful feeling is what it’s all about.”