Hot Music Video – Girl On Fire (Inferno Version) – Alicia Keys ft. Nicki Minaj

Girl On Fire” is the title song from singer-songwriter Alicia Keys fifth studio album, Girl on Fire (2012). Primarily written by Alicia 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. Rock guitarist Billy Squier also earns a writing credit on the song for the inclusion of drum beats taken from his 1980 song “The Big Beat”. Released on September 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 reorganization 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 a main version in addition to two remixes. The first remix titled “Inferno” adds two new verses from 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, where she was joined by Minaj and American gymnastics gold-medalist Gabby Douglas. Check out the hot music video below…

Video Synopsis: The music video for the song, premiered on BET‘s 106 & Park on October 19 and was directed by Sophie Muller. The video portrays Keys as a working mother caring for her kids and an elderly mother, has received wide acclaim from critics. Nicki starts things off with her wild rap verse, before Alicia does her thing with her fairytale like on-screen family. They’re FIRE together. I really like the track…

The Inferno Remix features Nicki Minaj. Based on the same melody and production as the main single, the remix contains two verses from Minaj. She raps “Took me on the balcony, telling me to jump with her/ Yeah I’m in the ghost but I ain’t doing stunts with her/ I ain’t trying to be that, haters want to see that/ But I got ‘em aggy, cause I win the gold like Gabby.” Minaj also talks about being haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. In the second verse from Minaj, the songs subject matter switches to her fans the “Barbz” with the lyric “And to my core fans, keep reppin’ me/ Do it till the death of me/ ‘X’ in the box, cause ain’t nobody checkin’ me.”

“Girl on Fire” is a mid-tempo R&B and hip hop track composed on the key of A major, that uses common time and is set to a “heavy beat” at a tempo of 96 beats per minute.  Key’s vocals range in the song over an octave from a note of C♯3 up to a high note of E5. On the main single, Keys opens the songs with the lyrics, “She got both feet on the ground and she’s burning it down. She got her head in the clouds and she’s not backing down. This girl is on fire.” Keys’ lyrics center around toasting the “achievements of women everywhere”, particularly with the hook “She’s just a girl and she’s on fire”, is delivered with a “calming-yet-commanding wail.” Critics likened “Girl on Fire” to Keys’ previous singles No One” (2007), Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” (2009) and also If I Ain’t Got You” (2004) into the list of comparisons of previous songs of the same caliber that have been released.

Alongside the main single, Keys recorded two other versions of the same song. First of the songs is a Bluelight Remix which heavily strips back the vocals and production from the main single. By contrast, we notice the Bluelight Version features a slower and a much softer production beat and re-recorded vocals. Keys performed “Girl on Fire” (Inferno Remix) which featured new verses from Nicki Minaj, also the Team USA female gymnasts, who had performed a brief routine while Keys was introduced on to the stage. During the performance Keys was dressed in a “pewter-colored top and black form-fitting tights.” Nicki was dressed in a “black hooded top and bright blonde wig.” During the live performance, Keys began and stood up while at a piano keyboard before walking down the steps to the main stage. It was only after Nicki Minaj rapped the tag line “But I got ‘em aggy, cause I win the gold like Gabby,” Douglas appeared on stage with a brief routine containing cartwheels, jumps and back hand springs. But Keys didn’t have Douglas in the Inferno Remix video. Which of the three versions do you like better? Let me know your thoughts below…

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