Sunday, 7 October 2012

Alicia Keys Ft. Nicki Minaj - Girl on Fire

"Girl on Fire" is the title song from American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys' upcoming fifth studio album, Girl on Fire (2012). Primarily written by Keys, Jeff Bhasker, Salaam Remi with production helmed by Keys, Bhasker and Remi, the song is a R&B ballad which combines elements of hip hop. American rock guitarist Billy Squier also earns a writing credit on the song for the inclusion of drums taken from his 1980 song "The Big Beat". Released on September 4, 2012, as the lead single from the album of the same name, "Girl on Fire" is Keys' first release under RCA Records following the closure of J Records, after a reorganisation at Sony Music Entertainment. "Girl on Fire" was inspired by Keys' giving birth to her son Egypt and marriage to husband Swizz Beatz. Keys recorded a three-track suite for the song, consisting of the main version in addition to two remixes. The first remix titled "Inferno" adds two new verses from Trinidadian hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj whilst the second mix titled "Bluelight" strips back the drums and piano leaving a sparse bass-led production and re-recorded "smokey" vocals. Keys performed "Girl on Fire" for the first time at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2012, where she was joined by Minaj and American gymnastics gold-medalist Gabby Douglas.

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