Alicia Keys’ next album to be titled ‘Girl On Fire'; was it inspired by The Hunger Games?
Last week, singer Alicia Keys announced the titled for her next project, Girl On Fire. The problem? There’s already one Girl On Fire in this world and her name is Katniss Everdeen.
Ever since Keys revealed the album name, fans began speculating whether or not she was inspired by The Hunger Games at the time she defined the name, but the artist didn’t made any reference to it during the announcement. She explained the title as coming from a personal process of change: “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!!”
In a recent interview, EW.com was the first one to directly ask Alicia Keys what everyone was wanting to know: if the title was influenced by the popular saga. Here’s what she had to say:
Alicia Keys: “You know, the funny thing is that it’s actually not. It was such a shock when I heard about The Hunger Games — I wasn’t aware of the book at that point. And I didn’t realize that, I guess, that’s what they call the one girl. So we tried very hard to make it all work and put the song in — and to put parts of what I was developing in with the movie. Anyway, obviously it came out way too early, so the timing wasn’t right. But, no, it has nothing to do with The Hunger Games. That powerful feeling is what it’s all about.”
So this is the story. What do you think? Do you believe the title was completely inspired by something else? Or do you think even Alicia’s outfit on the album cover could be a reinterpretation of the charcoal outfit Katniss wore for the Tribute Parade? Sound-off in the comments!