Alicia Keys has revealed the name and details of her next studio instalment, titling it Girl on Fire, and explaining that it’s an album of “new beginnings, perspectives and fresh starts”. In a blog post on her official website,she explains the concept and workings around it, as well as admitting her anxiety to tell the world about what she’s been up to.
“I’ve had the title of this album in my mind for a long time… It’s been hard to hold it back and now I’m not holding it back anymore! It is called ‘Girl on Fire’!!! And that’s exactly how I feel!!!” she says, excitedly.
“Let me just say before making this record, in some ways I felt like a lion locked in a cage… I felt like a girl misunderstood that no one really knew, I felt like it was time to stop making excuses for any part of my life that I wanted to change. Once I made that choice I became a Girl on Fire, the lion broke free!!” she explains.
“I traveled to different places, and worked with many collaborators, (some old friends, some new). I discovered so many beautiful sounds, and meanings and a lot about the power of a song,” she adds. “I promise when you hear it, it’s a new me, I gave it my all: powerful, soulful, honesty and heart… With Girl on Fire, I want to move you and surprise you.”
“Girl on Fire is about new beginnings, new perspectives and fresh starts… stripping away all the bad energy in your life and taking full control of the reigns and how you want to live. There is something really empowering about finding yourself and your own inner strength. On one song, One of the lines I wrote says, ‘I’ll never be perfect, but at least now I’m brave!'”
She’ll debut one of the new songs this September, before an expected release around October or November. A 10th Anniversary special edition deluxe reissue of her debut album Songs in A Minor, was released last year.