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New Song: Alicia Keys – ‘Girl On Fire (Inferno Mix) (Ft Nicki Minaj)’

Published: Monday 3rd Sep 2012 by David

Get very excited!

Minutes ago, Alicia Keys’ latest single ‘Girl On Fire‘ surfaced online, three days before she performs the number at the 2012 VMAs.

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough to strike your fancy…. it features two verses from Rap Empress Nicki Minaj.

Heat up below…

Stunning!

Boasting clean vocals and moving theme from Alicia and Minaj’s strongest lyrical efforts since the ‘Pink Friday‘ era, it’s safe to say the girls have their hands on a with this one.

Here’s hoping it gets the radio push and ‘epic’ video it deserves.


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  1. TRUTH SERUM September 3, 2012

    BLAH, BORING…

    • MJ Lover September 3, 2012

      w****

      • KISS my a** September 3, 2012

        So was your mother 🙂

      • TRUTH SERUM September 3, 2012

        MAD??? THAT S*** WAS TRASH… BWAHHHAHHAHAHAHAA

    • Haute Hottie September 3, 2012

      Agreed. This sounds like a shelved track from Pink Friday featuring Alicia Keys. . . Nicki did kill it, and no shade on her part for being on that sinking ship Alicia NO MA’AM! I loved her on The Diary that was a SOLID album but this? looking bad already. . . That album cover? Her hair is slicked back like Memphis Blues back in 1921 it would be cool if you could sing like Whitney, or at least Beyonce but she just be yellin songs and the kids be over here clapping their hands like they gon make it number one on iTunes. . . .Oh well she better start sacrificing sheep, or cows, or whatever it is that she is doing to keep her on this record deal. . . there are other artist 10 times better but she still surviving. . . >.> no ma’am.

      • Haute Hottie September 3, 2012

        Matter of fact I just thought about it. . . this sounds like an old raggedy One Republic shelved track. . . . I don’t care who is pressed about the hate. . . this is wack.

      • TRUTH SERUM September 3, 2012

        Exactly… People need to deal with the truth…

    • RDK September 3, 2012

      TRUTH SERUM They thumb down your @ss in to the ground..you still on here trying to recover,you f-ck with the wrong b-tch this time,and the sad thing about this is you will never learn.

  2. Oggie ‘Singer’ September 3, 2012

    it’s classic Keys but its still damn good, the first single is always a safety net track, i look fwd to the album! 🙂

  3. What? September 3, 2012

    Lol I’m not a big fan ok Alicia But this sounds good People just hate for s***

  4. lol September 3, 2012

    ASHANTI #BRAVEHEART!

    • MJ Lover September 3, 2012

      Ashanti? irrelevant.

      • KISS my a** September 3, 2012

        LIKE you are

  5. Mya September 3, 2012

    meh.

  6. Magina September 3, 2012

    Im a Bey stan,but i dont think this song is that great. Nicki’s verse is dope tho.i think FlopTinas song has the most hit potential.

    • Rob September 3, 2012

      Yeah because she’s Legendtina.

  7. glum September 3, 2012

    Meh

  8. mimi September 3, 2012

    How can anyone hate this song? It was beautiful & meaningful. If you do hate it, I think you just hate Nicki and should give her her props.

    • Lax September 3, 2012

      @MIMI Because they don’t want to say something nice therefore they hate, plain and simple they are idiots!

  9. lol September 3, 2012

    Love it!

  10. Realest September 3, 2012

    It’s a decent track. But her and Nicki aren’t organic enough, it’s like they’re trying to make me believe and I’m almost there just quite not. It’s a B- track to me. but good!

  11. MonsterHive September 3, 2012

    This song is inspirational & catchy. I love it, & of course Nicki slayed this.

  12. HoneyB September 3, 2012

    it’s Okay!

  13. September 3, 2012

    Screamlicia Keys. She yelled her way through this song. Still not over her screaming for dear life at Whitney Houston’s funeral, she tried it… Only here for nicki tbh.

  14. BlowMe September 3, 2012

    Im SO OVER loud drums.

    • FAF September 3, 2012

      DEAD

    • BlowMe September 5, 2012

      I LOVE THE VERSION WITHOUT NICKI! Not that I dont love Nicki, just sayin.

  15. LOURDES September 3, 2012

    Not feeing it, shoot me…..

    • Acem September 3, 2012

      Put on this bullseye and standstill…

  16. Emmi3 September 3, 2012

    I agree its quit boring. I understand the lyrics are beautifull and stuff but still..i am not saying the song is wack or lame..its just quit simple boring and i dont see it eally rising on the charts. The song might mean a lot to her etc but its not really what will sell these daysm I love and miss the alicia keys from the first 2 albums .She was more urban back in the days maybe its that ?. And i am not a nicki hater cause i actually like Nickis parts

    • BitchICan’tEvenSpellWelfare September 3, 2012

      “I love and miss the alicia keys from the first 2 albums”

      I thought I was only one. I haven’t really felt connected to her work since those days except “Unthinkable,” which I loved.

      Oh well….I will definitely give the album a listen but this track, as inspirational as it is, is quite boring.

  17. plastic September 3, 2012

    Great job damn nicki go off

  18. Juize September 3, 2012

    First song I like from Nicki….
    The song overall is good, but it sounds a bit out of date..

  19. TJ September 3, 2012

    I prefer “New Day” …

  20. Anna September 3, 2012

    This song makes me wanna cry … I love Alicia keys always have and always will but it seems like she dumb down her music to attract a diff audience… I hope the rest of the cd gives me what I miss about her … Cause this pop s*** isn’t working

    • Gilberto September 3, 2012

      Sorry, but it sounds like any other Alicia Keys’ song.

  21. FAF September 3, 2012

    YESSS QUEEN NICKI <3

  22. Alvaro September 3, 2012

    immediate hit!!!!!! LOVE IT
    with would go OK without nicki as well…

  23. RDK September 3, 2012

    Nicki verse slays,Nicki can rap and that will always be a fact,over all it,s a great track Alicia Keys is doing her thing.

  24. TimTim September 3, 2012

    Yessssssssss! This is the Nicki that will become a legend, and unstoppable. Her next album needs to have this Nicki on it, no one i mean no one can say that Nicki Minaj CANNOT RAP!

    This kind of s*** will get Nicki Minaj crowned as queen, lets all pray and hope that Nicki’s new music is up too this level. Because, this type of consistant sound will shut her HATERS & CRITICS up!

    • POP ROYALTY ( RUDE BOY) September 3, 2012

      Stay Dreamin’

      • Girrrl September 3, 2012

        Nicki Minaj was the best thing about this song. I’m shocked.

      • TimTim September 3, 2012

        POP ROYALTY ( RUDE BOY) , Nicki kilt this song & no matter how hard you hate Nicki will continue to triumph!

    • Trini_Minaj September 3, 2012

      @PopRoyalty don’t u stan for an industry w****, who sounds like a goat when singing? You can never stop Nicki’s shine, like she said her core fans will rep her and we always will. Gurl bye!

  25. Outspoken September 3, 2012

    This song is just okay. I like Nickis verses but I can’t stand Alicia’s howling thoughout the track.

  26. Monstarebel September 3, 2012

    Nickis verse SLAYED!! And Alicia kudos to you, you didn’t put me to sleep with this song as u do with all your others

  27. @dirtyPEACHES September 3, 2012

    Blah.
    Boring.
    She’s straining.
    Still a homewrecker and that’s why she’s on fire.
    Nicki was good.

    • Anita September 3, 2012

      Such an idiotic remark. I feel sorry for you. It’s obvious you get nothing from music you supposedly listen to. You’ll be happy to know your remark actually makes me feel sick.

  28. Crow LeNs September 3, 2012

    Ok so wheres the other track without nicki i feel so disappointed she choose to release this one with nicki first im only here for Alicia keys without the side show gimmick

    • mimi September 3, 2012

      wow…

    • karen September 3, 2012

      I’m kind of feeling what you’re saying. Why let other artists take so much credi when most of her fans just really want to hear her? I loved her version of “New Day” and would have loved for her to release it, with just her and no rapping, but looks like that didn’t happen. I don’t know what the other version of this song sounds like so I really can’t give an opinion yet and I still don’t understand three different versions.??? Anyway I love Alicia’s voice on this. I guess I was just expecting something a little more up tempo. Still love Alicia and anything she puts out but I’ll have to give the other versions a few listens before I can compare it to her other music as to what I like most. I’m sure this will grow on me, in whatever version I listen to. I also like her version of ESOM more than the Jay-z version. Looking forward to the performance on the VMA’s.

  29. christinaslilfighter September 3, 2012

    I just don’t like when legendary artists like Alicia have to resort to people like Nicki so they can try and make a decent comeback and are desperate for a hit, sales, etc…they all resort to people like Nicki. Maybe I’m tired of hearing her annoying ass voice on somebody like Alicias song. Alicia, you’re better than that.

    Can we just hear the original version already please? Without Nickis psychotic ass voice attached to it.

    • Crow LeNs September 3, 2012

      I Agree i can only listen to 1:22 of it and i skipped Nickis verse i just rather not be bother with that nonsense -_-

      • Trini_Minaj September 3, 2012

        Oh plz your ass listened to every drop of Nicki’s verse. #HatersStayPressed

    • mimi September 3, 2012

      If you think Nicki’s verse is phsychotic in this song you must be out of your damn mind. Real s***.

      • Crow LeNs September 3, 2012

        Girrrrl you must have some low standards when it comes to rapping -__- i cant with the delusional stans

      • christinaslilfighter September 3, 2012

        You’re dumb. I didn’t say her verse was .psychotic I said her voice is. Gosh you’re such a dumbass.

    • mimi September 3, 2012

      How is her voice psychotic in this song?? Please explain.

      • KISS my a** September 3, 2012

        PLEASE B**** don’t act like you don’t know you know damn well this b**** be making retarded ass noises and s*** along with the dumb looking faces she makes GET OVER YOURSELF

      • christinaslilfighter September 3, 2012

        Her voice is psychotic in every song she’s on. Along with the faces she makes and her constant desperate attempts to out do Gaga in the outfit dept that fails over and over again. This is why Lil Kim can’t stand her. Nicki thinks she’s brought something new and special to music when all she’s done is make an ass out of herself and don’t give credit where its due.

      • TK September 3, 2012

        There was nothing psychotic about her voice in this song, she made no “retarded ass noises” & it’s a song with no video therefore no “dumb looking faces”. Stop hating where there is no reason to. I’m convinced y’all didn’t even listen.

  30. NICK September 3, 2012

    LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!

  31. I’m not throwing shade, but… September 3, 2012

    I find this boring…… sorry. Especially after New Day

  32. MJ Lover September 3, 2012

    cute. ^^

  33. Rockaby September 3, 2012

    I like Alicia Keys but I don’t care for this song.

  34. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) September 3, 2012

    I liked Nicki’s verse, even though dividing in two seperate verses was a silly idea and took away from the cohesion of the track. The rest of the song is not doing it for me because of the drums, but I’m going to wait for the main version of the track, because I’m sure this will sound beautiful 🙂

  35. dee September 3, 2012

    THIS SONG IS ON FIRE!!!!!!

  36. KING-BREEZYONCÉ September 3, 2012

    GOOD SONG BUT THE PRODUCTION IS SO 2009

    A HOT MESS !!!

  37. dee September 3, 2012

    I LIKE IT!!! I KEEP MOLESTING THE REPLAY BUTTON!!

  38. SHUH September 3, 2012

    I’m liking it but it will need to grow on me. In saying that, I feel like Nicki doesn’t even need to be on this song. She adds nothing to it for me, it’s all about Alicia

    • mimi September 3, 2012

      Listen to Nicki’s verse.. not just hear it but LISTEN to the lyrics.. I mean it must be only her fans but do you not FEEL it?

      • KISS my a** September 3, 2012

        WTF is you on

  39. Trini_Minaj September 3, 2012

    Why does Nicki have to outslay on her features tho. Lol. Love the song and Alicia rocks.

  40. HeavyHeavy September 3, 2012

    Please Alicia go back to the Diary era. That was music at your best. Soulful unique. NOT THIS MESS. Guess she’s reached her peak 🙁

    • POP ROYALTY ( RUDE BOY) September 3, 2012

      Karma >>

    • Girrrl September 3, 2012

      I hit like on your comment but it made it negative.

    • BitchICan’tEvenSpellWelfare September 3, 2012

      Right?! If we could only get a little of the spirit of the ‘Dairy” era….

      *sigh*

  41. PrettigurlrockD September 3, 2012

    Strong solid song! Nicki SLAYED. Improvement from her get low and b.o.b verse and 2chainz verse but she still a commercial w**** to me. Alicia keys had strong vocals in this one. I like the song. But I’m not sure how it will fare on the charts. It might do as well as fly but it’s not catchy as that song so I’m not sure.

  42. POP ROYALTY ( RUDE BOY) September 3, 2012

    The Typical Alicia Keys track if we are going to summarize it. And I don’t like Dicki garbaj being in it , how you wanna sound serious and u add a f*****’ benji/maraj/fakaj to the mix ?

    • mimi September 3, 2012

      … You must have not heard her verse yet.

      • IJUDGEFLIPFLOPS September 3, 2012

        Shut up you’re pathetic, you are the true definition of a flip flop stan. Your opinion doesn’t matter being that you stan for a new artist every other day.

      • POP ROYALTY ( RUDE BOY) September 3, 2012

        y u mad b**** ? did i forget to c** on ya ?

    • TK September 3, 2012

      You sound extremely pressed…

      • RDK September 3, 2012

        IJUDGEFLIPFLOPS That POP ROYALTY ( RUDE BOY) is a confused hating b-tch,don’t pay it no mind just continue thumbing it down any time you see it,it will eventually fade away,time takes care of everything.

  43. POP ROYALTY ( RUDE BOY) September 3, 2012

    but where the Original Version/The Album Version Tho ? since when they release the (Remix) Before The Actual Song ?!! Now that’s some f***** up Bs.

  44. Jer September 3, 2012

    Less can be more and the vocals are WAY too much. She’s at 10 on the first verse for no reason, she should only be hitting those giant belts on the second chorus. The song never builds, it just comes right out yelling at you. It’s virtually unlistenable. And it doesn’t need that little “shes just a girl but shes on fire” refrain at the very end, the song was already over. It’s a miss for me and i wont be checking for this song again. With the title, and promo pocs Iwas expecting something fresh from Alicia Keys but this is more of the same just with Nicki Minaj shoved on where she isnt needed

  45. Girrrl September 3, 2012

    Alicia Keys gets a girl bye for this song!
    I haven’t been here for her since she stopped singing within her range and getting voice lessons. But other than that, she keeps making songs about the same thing with weak lyrics. You would think with all that drama in her life she could come with something more inspired than this crap.That beat was recycled. I haven’t heard progression from her since the As I Am and lord knows even that album had major flaws. I never thought I would say this but I’m considering not buying this new Alicia Keys album.

  46. christinaslilfighter September 3, 2012

    And no I don’t have low standards when it comes to rapping. I come from a generation where rappers then their talent speak for itself and that goes for singers too. I hate this generation where talent is overshadowed by too many fake artists trying to be freaks. Like I said in another post, you either are or aren’t a freak. Theres no trying because you look even more stupid.

    • Crow LeNs September 3, 2012

      that comment was not intended to you it was for @Mimi don’t over do it boo check yo self

    • Trini_Minaj September 3, 2012

      Lol you know what you sound like, everybody’s parents when they say things like ‘Music was music back in my day, today’s music is crap.’ Lol every generation does this, they never seem to appreciate the growth of music and label music in their era as better. Thankfully I’m a 90s music lover who can GROW with music. This song rocks.

  47. MusicB September 3, 2012

    I criticized the snippet but after a whole listen, I find ‘Girl on Fire’ to be very inspirational. The track is different, while at the same time still holding on to what made us fall in love with Alicia Keys in the beginning. I’m sure the song will do very well. It’s a great song to start your day with.

    “THIS BOY IS ON FIRE!!!!!”

  48. Sonya September 3, 2012

    Alicia does not need other artists to make beautiful music. I have a hard time accepting rap music mixed with other, what I consider beautiful music. I didn’t care for the Jay’Z version of ESOM and I don’t like the 50 cent version of ‘New Day”. This is coming off as a little annoying, unless it grows on me a lot. I’d really rather just hear Alicia and plan to do that. It’s just a little irritating the rappers are getting their versions out first. Seems like that just leaves Alicia on the back burner, so to say. She is better than that. She should be first and out in front with HER music. Alicia is a very talented lady and I enjoy hearing her. If I wanted to hear the other artists, I would. I feel like they’re being forced on us because we love Alica’s music. So, yes it is good we can just enjoy Alicia’s music because there is more than one version. Thankful for that.

  49. JER September 3, 2012

    Ater reading all the comments, the reviews are in: the song is a DUD!!!

    Next single please

  50. Elijah September 3, 2012

    🙁 I like alicia keys but this song is very forgettable, and y must EVERYBODY throw nicki on a track?? i don’t feel too good about this song its just very boring to me kinda like a song u have on your phone and u skip to the next one

    • Trini_Minaj September 3, 2012

      Cause it won’t be FIRE, if Nicki aint on the track.

  51. Eric September 3, 2012

    Another unnecessary rap feature. And I like the song but I don’t love it. I’m leery of Alicia continuing to record songs that force her to strain her vocal cords in live performances.

  52. Chachanana12 September 3, 2012

    Its pretty good. I really like nickis verse. It’s about a B maybe plus put people want pop n that’s ok Alicia will b a legend for doing what got her noticed n not making dumb repititive stuff 6 year olds can sing. I mean what grown adult makes a song about cake pop royalty. Jp, IT’S A JOKE. Every artist had that bs dumb song that a lot of people like anyway it still was dumb though. Lol. I wonder who will be legends 10-15 years from now like seriously a couple are obvious like Alicia but I don’t know bout some of these pop artist. Some are just “in” right now. Soooo they better keep breaking records,

  53. A September 3, 2012

    not bad

    I thought it was going to be much much hotter

    but this feels like another The element of freedom trak

  54. yeah September 3, 2012

    it’s like no one it will grow on me!

  55. aishaaguilerakeys September 3, 2012

    Have I already mentioned that AK has never decieved me with her music ?! She promised a different sound, and this IS different. Some of NM’s best rhymes so far.

  56. dee September 3, 2012

    The song is a blah!

  57. The Music Prophet September 3, 2012

    I’ll be honest…. Huge Alicia Keys fan… But I’m really not feeling this song much at all. It feels like its been done over and over again. I dont see this one topping the charts :/

  58. Honey CHILD please September 3, 2012

    Could have done without the Nicki verse. The song is ok though. I need to listen a little more, but i have no interest in doing so…Bye GIRL

  59. MC the place to be!! September 3, 2012

    why the F*** is nicki on everyone’s track!!! like damn i wanna hear a new track without her ass on it!! shes worst than rihanna lil wayne and drake put together!!

  60. LaLa September 3, 2012

    Playing on Repeat!!! I Like the beat & all 😉

  61. That B*tch (would you like a rihfund with that)? September 3, 2012

    I’m really feeling this song. I’m an Alicia fan but some if her songs can sound a bit repetitive and I’m glad I don’t get that feeling with this song.
    Good job girls!

  62. Tasha September 3, 2012

    It’s a good song! Alicia quit screaming please!

  63. JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) September 3, 2012

    I don´t know. I thought I was going to like it more. It´s good don´t get me wrong. But I prefer “New Day”. By far. Just my opinion
    Was Nicki Minaj neccesary on this song at all? If you are going to include a rapper make him/her usefull
    Still waiting for the album, I know I´m going to like it overall

  64. JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) September 3, 2012

    I just heard the other versions of the song and like I said Nicki Minaj was not needed. It´s basically the same song

  65. Mykey September 3, 2012

    Not feeling this song at all. I feel she put Nicki on the track so people will at least give it time to listen and grow on them. The lyrics and the meaning of the song is awesome as always, but she needs to go back to her roots just her and her piano.

  66. random September 3, 2012

    This is not the alicia i love!! everytime she screams fire i get so nervous i wanna punch my computer screen! nickis verse was amazing but this is not songs in a minor alicia keys! the girl that made masterpieces and had a soulful voice! this is screaming desperate alicia! its catchy but the vocals are irritating! not my cup of tea

  67. Tbozfan10 September 3, 2012

    This Was annoying, especially the chorus

  68. Boss September 3, 2012

    Nicki’s verse >

  69. Brandy= DA TRUTH September 3, 2012

    Why is she shouting? -___- Goes back to listen to Brandy, wildest dreams 🙂

  70. Quetta September 3, 2012

    I like Alicia but this song just ain’t it. I was going to stop playing it until I heard the chorus and after that I just couldn’t stand to listen to it. Her voice or the lyrics does not fit this song. Nicki was alright though. But other than that this is song is wack to me.

  71. commanderofthedancefloor September 4, 2012

    to really sum this up, it isnt a bad song, but i just dont think that it should be the first single. more like the second or third single

  72. Peter Griffin September 4, 2012

  73. lol September 4, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!!

  74. THE LEGENDARY LAX September 4, 2012

    I like

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