Alicia Keys sits down with the New York Times for an intimate breakdown session on her new single/girlpower anthem “Girl On Fire” telling the story of the songs creation from the initial inspiration in an aside from an unnamed interviewer (go ‘head, fellow music journalist) to the studio session with secret musical weapons Salaam Remi and Jeff Bhasker, where the chords and “loud, obnoxious, destructive drums” were put in place. Nobody could tell this story quite the same way and, of course, Ms. Keys can illustrate each chapter by playing the actual chords and then singing the soaring vocal in her husky morning-voice, accompanied only by a classically trained pianist who also happens to be named Alicia Keys. Which kinda makes you think that NYT interviewer Zachary Wolfe–who got to be there in person for this private concert–has got to be just about the luckiest fool in the universe. But then you realize, No. Swizz Beats is the luckiest fool in the universe. Girl On Fire–Keys’ fifth studio album–is slated to drop on November 27th. Stay tuned for more.
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