August 15, 2012 5:23am PT by Erin Carlson
Alicia Keys Names Upcoming Album 'Girl on Fire'
Question: is Alicia Keys a fan of The Hunger Games? Because she's named her new album Girl on Fire, a phrase also used to describe heroine Katniss' flame-emitting, "girl on fire" costume in the first installment of the book-to-film franchise.
(No word on whether Keys is a Katniss copycat.) However, as the singer-songwriter writes on her official website, "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!!!"
She continues: "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!!"
The 31-year-old Grammy winner has been recording her fifth studio album in New York as well as other unnamed locations "on some cool and memorable occasions," she writes.
Earlier this summer, her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, teased the record, telling THR: "My wife's album's coming out. It's an amazing, amazing album full of timeless pieces -- which is what music needs now."
Keys' previous effort, 2009's The Element of Freedom, spawned such tracks as "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart" and a pared-down version of her "Empire State of Mind" hit with Jay-Z.
Girl on Fire does not yet have a release date.