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Alicia Keys ‘Girl on Fire’ Album: Singer Debuts Title of New Project

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Alicia Keys has been adamantly promoting the phrase “New Day” on Twitter for quite some time. Besides being an ethos she stands behind, she recently revealed it was the title of a song that could appear on her fifth studio album. The New York City native unveiled the name of that forthcoming project Tuesday (Aug. 14) via her official website and provided fans with an in-depth note behind its inspiration.

Girl on Fire is the title of the new effort, which serves as a follow-up to 2009′s The Element of Freedom. The 30-year-old mother of son Egypt has collaborated with husband Swizz Beatz, singer Emeli Sande, songwriter Rico Love and producer Babyface, among others, on the highly-antiicipated LP. “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,” Keys wrote.

Read Alicia Keys’ letter in full below.

“Hey…

I’m in the studio right now working away on my new album and I am SO excited!!! I’m ignited!!! I’m like a match to a flame! 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!!! You’ll be learning more about it soon… but 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!!

During the recording process, I mostly stayed in NY but on some cool and memorable occasions, 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. I can’t wait to share this album with you. 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!”

Here’s to finding your power! Your FIRE!! Stay tuned for more.

In the meantime, thank you for all your love, strength and support.”

Watch Alicia Keys’ “You Don’t Know My Name” Video


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