Finally! The world is scorched by Alicia Keys‘ new single, “Girl On Fire.” She worked with Billy Squier, Jeff Bhasker and Salam Remi for the empowering record, which serves as the lead single from her fifth studio album of the same name. Nicki Minaj restrained Roman and delivered a tolerable verse. She even referenced the triumphant Gabby Douglas to complete the “Inferno Version.”
“She’s just a girl, and she’s on fire. Hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway,” Keys sings. “She’s living in a world and its on fire. Filled with catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away.”
“Original Version” (iTunes)
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“Inferno Version” (iTunes)
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Bhasker borrows the drums from Keys’ most experimental single to date, “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart,” and fuses a piano melody and a few guitar rifts for the production. Alicia (and Nicki) implements uplifting lyrics and soaring vocals to create the signature Keys package.
The notes throughout the chorus are quite high–notes that Keys hasn’t executed effortlessly in her live showings in recent times. Whether she’ll be able to transition the notes into a live performance will be answered this coming Thursday at the MTV VMAs.
Does the song fill your spirit like “A Woman’s Worth,” “If I Ain’t Got You” or “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”? No. But the mentioned songs were all follow-up singles, which should be a testament to Keys single release strategy. Time will tell what the original recording or Bluelight version offer, but expect a flaming hot second single.
Is Keys’ new single on fire?