As we first reported to you on August 24th R&B singer/song writer/producer, Alicia Keys will be giving her premiere performance of her new single. “Girl On Fire” tomorrow at MTV’s 2012 Video Music Awards. However before Alicia takes the stage, you can actually take a listen to the studio versions of the song below. Yes you read that right, RCA has actually officially released two different versions of the song. These are not even just two different mixes of the song, but two different complete arrangements of the song with two different descriptive names attached to each. The first of the two is called the “Inferno Version”, and its sound fits the name. It has a hard hitting beat and a rhythm that brings plenty of heat. Adding to the “fire” of this version of the song are two additional rap verses from Hip Hop’s Reigning black Barbie, Nicki Minaj. The second version of the song, the “Bluelight version”, is an arrangement meant for a Jazz club. It still has a nice beat to it, but everything about it is much more stripped down and smooth. The delivery injects a calm soul that can be heard on a classic soul radio station, showing that Alicia continues to have a little something for everyone. The two versions of the song were released on ITunes September 4th.
Alicia Keys Featuring Nicki Minaj
“Girl On Fire” (Inferno Version)
From Girl On Fire
“Girl On Fire” (Bluelight Version)
From Girl On Fire
“’Girl On Fire’ is about finding your voice, about being unleashed and about trusting your instincts and trusting yourself,” says Keys. “I can’t wait to share it with the world.”
The album of the same name will be released by RCA Records on November 27th. It features powerful anthems and intimate ballads, led by Keys’ signature soulful voice and personable and relatable lyrics. Keys collaborated with acclaimed and emerging talents, including longtime song writing partner, Krucial, Grammy Award-winner Babyface, renowned writer and vocalist Jeff Bhasaker, critically-acclaimed artist Gary Clarke Jr., up and comers, Pop and Oak, as well as emerging talent from the U.K., Emeli Sandé and Jamie XX, among others. The songs on Girl On Fire are anchored by Keys’ powerful vocals and trademark piano, but are sonically broadened by heavy drums, electric sounds, reggae and future soul, which gives the album an evolved, modern-day feel while simultaneously sounding like a classic body of timeless music. The album features an inspirational mix of the rich sounds Keys discovered while recording and traveling the world, particularly time she spent in London and Jamaica, layered within her New York City roots.