Girl on Fire- Top 1 Brilliant Girl Story

Girl on Fire

Girl on Fire- Top 1 Brilliant Girl Story
Girl on Fire- Top 1 Brilliant Girl Story

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Girl on Fire” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys for her fifth studio album of the same name. Keys co-wrote and co-produced the R&B ballad with Jeff Bhasker and Salaam Remi. The song contains an interpolation of the drums from the 1980 song “The Big Beat” by American rock guitarist Billy Squier, who received a writing credit on “Girl on Fire”. Released on September 4, 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 the main version in addition to two remixes. The first remix, titled “Inferno”, adds two new verses from American 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.

“Girl on Fire” opened to extremely positive reviews from critics, with many praising Keys’ vocals and the song’s production. Keys performed “Girl on Fire” for the first time at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2012, where she was joined by Minaj and American gymnastics gold-medalist Gabby Douglas. The song has sold over 4 million paid downloads in the United States.

Girl on Fire Lyrics

She’s just a girl, and she’s on fire
Hotter than a fantasy, longer like a highway
She’s living in a world, and it’s on fire
Feeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away
Oh, she got both feet on the ground
And she’s burning it down
Oh, she got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down
This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She’s walking on fire
This girl is on fire
Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you’ll never forget her name
She’s on top of the world
Hottest of the hottest girls say
Oh, we got our feet on the ground
And we’re burning it down
Oh, got our head in the clouds
And we’re not coming down
This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She’s walking on fire
This girl is on fire
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 gon’ let it burn, baby, burn, baby
This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She’s walking on fire
This girl is on fire
Oh, oh, oh,
She’s just a girl, and she’s on fire

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Main version

“Girl on Fire” is a midtempo song written by Emily Isbell, Jeff Bhasker, Salaam Remi and American rock guitarist Billy Squier.  Squier earns a writing credit for the inclusion of an interpolation of the drums from his 1980 song “The Big Beat”. Composed on the key of A major, “Girl on Fire” uses common time and is set to a “heavy beat” at a tempo of 93 beats per minute.[4] Keys’ vocals range in the song over an octave from a low note of C4 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 centre around toasting the “achievements of women everywhere”, particularly with the hook “She’s just a girl and she’s on fire”, which according to MTV’s Rob Markman is delivered with a “calming-yet-commanding wail”. Markman also spoke of the pace of the song, describing it as “pulsating”. LA Times Gerrick Kennedy expanded further describing the songs components as “a fierce battlecry over a fast-building simplistic hook”.Critics likened “Girl on Fire” to Keys’ previous singles “No One” (2007) and “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” (2009). Throwing “If I Ain’t Got You” (2004) into the list of comparisons, Erin Thompson from Seattle Weekly said “Girl on Fire” compares to previous Keys’ ballads with its “quiet, unassuming verses leading into big, empathic choruses.”

Inferno version

Nicki Minaj is featured on the Inferno version of the song.

The Inferno version features Nicki Minaj, who wrote and rapped two new verses on the song. Minaj’s vocals were recorded at Chalice Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.The inferno remix uses the same production and sample as the main single however, the first two verses of the song were described as “understated” by Carl Williot from Idolator, with Minaj leading the remix with a new rap verse.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 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.” Markman noted that in this verse, Minaj switched her delivery style to “more of a whisper”. Entertainment Weeklys Kyle Anderson described Minaj’s verses as “more prominent” than Keys’ and noted that the production was influenced by garage music.

Bluelight version

By contrast, the Bluelight version features a slower production and re-recorded vocals. According to the Los Angeles Times Gerrick Kennedy, the Bluelight remix has a production based on “dripping” synths and “light” chord progressions. Kennedy particularly noted a difference in Keys’ vocal tone, describing it as “smokey” and comparable to that see on Keys’ 2009 single “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”.

Mark Edward Nero from About.com also compared the “Girl on Fire” to Keys’ single “You Don’t Know My Name” (2003). Idolator’s Carl Williot described how on this stripped version, “gone is Minaj, gone are the piano plinks and gone are the martial drums” completely changing the composition of the Bluelight version. Williot described how Keys’ vocals take on a “more emotional performance” while the melody is replaced with “faint bass drops and a hushed drum machine”.

Live performances

Keys performed “Girl on Fire” for the first time at 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.She was joined by Nicki Minaj who rapped her verses from the Inferno Remix of the song as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas who performed during the second half of the song. The Team USA female gymnasts performed a brief routine while Keys was introduced to the stage. Keys was dressed in a “pewter-colored top and black form-fitting tights.”Minaj was dressed in a “black hooded top and bright blonde wig”.

During the performance, Keys began stood up at a keyboard before walking down the steps to the main stage. It was only after Minaj rapped the line “But I got ’em aggy, cause I win the gold like Gabby”, Douglas appear on stage with a brief routine containing cartwheels, jumps and back hand springs. American Superstar magazine described the performance a “true TV performance” thanks in part Minaj and Douglas, as well as “Keys hit[ting] many high notes — and then some”.

The magazine concluded that the performance was “sexy, yet intimate”. Jack Antonoff, guitarist of indie band fun., said he thought Keys’ performance could be “that performance that people will be talking about for 10 years”. VH1’s Sabrina Rojas Weiss agreed, stating that it was “just due to Keys’ soaring vocals” but also Douglas’ surprise appearance.

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