Alicia Keys reveals the official title of her next studio installment. "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 gushes in a newest blog post on her official website.
"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!' "
Alicia Keys is set to debut one of her new songs at 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6. "Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special. I debuted 'No One' at the VMAs - it was the first time anyone in the world heard 'No One'," she says. "And there's no better place in the whole wide world than the VMAs to do that, so it's gonna be crazy!"