Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Three colours Alicia Keys

Talk about indecisive: Alicia Keys has just released three versions of her new single, which she'll be performing at the MTV VMAs this Thursday.

The song finds Keys in default power ballad mode but the title - Girl On Fire - is likely to make fans of The Hunger Games sit up and make this noise.

As far as I can see, the track isn't officially linked to the book/film (whose protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is nicknamed The Girl On Fire) but there's nothing to suggest she wasn't inspired by it. Certainly, the lyrics would fit the story of the determined-but-troubled heroine perfectly:

Everybody stands, as she goes by
Cause they can see the flame that's in her eyes
Watch her when she's lighting up the night
Nobody knows that she's a lonely girl
And it's a lonely world
But she gonna let it burn, baby, burn

The three versions of the song aren't vastly different, but fans will find it difficult to choose a favourite. Here they are, complete with handy colour-coded artwork.

1) Version One - Red

Featuring a surprisingly subdued Nicki Minaj, "Inferno" is the urban mix.

2) Version Two - Blue

Much less bombastic. Sounds a bit like Phil Collins. Destined for Radio 2.

3) Version Three - Full colour mix

This is the "original", and is essentially the Nicki Minaj version minus Nicki Minaj. It will be played on rural radio stations who still insist that rap never happened.

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