The concept behind the up-tempo single stems from an interview Alicia did early in the recording process for her new album. When the interviewer called her a "girl on fire," Alicia thought, "That's it. That describes everything I'm feeling. Now I need to figure out what a 'girl on fire' sounds like." Flash forward to a recording session with writer/producer Jeff Bhasker (Jay-Z, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and her own The Element of Freedom) and producer Salaam Remi (The Fugees, Nas, Amy Winehouse) and the sound was born.
She explains, "The song has a rock tinge to it. It has old-school piano and just ramps up with these hard-ass hip hop drums. We were trying for a big and aggressive sound...And it hit me, 'That's what a girl on fire sounds like!' The sound built from there and everything started to flow organically. It doesn't always happen that way, but it did that night."
Alicia became a household name after she performed her first single and first No. 1 hit song, "Fallin'," from her debut album Songs in A Minor on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2001. Since then, she's won 14 Grammy awards, has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, is a New York Times best-selling author, an accomplished actress (The Secret Life of Bees), and philanthropist. Another claim to fame? She became the first R&B artist to have three consecutive No. 1 album debuts on The Billboard 200.
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