Alicia Keys is promising a lot of things for her next album, due out Nov. 27: It's an "evolution." It's "explosive." It's a whole "new" Alicia Keys. So what's the name of this mind-blowing record? Girl on Fire.
Holy baker's boy, is someone a Hunger Games fan?! Surely you'll remember that Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss—after donning some faux flames in the opening ceremony of the first book-turned-movie—nabs the nickname "Girl on Fire."
"You know, the funny thing is that it's actually not," Keys told Entertainment Weekly about whether the dystopian saga influenced her work. "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."
But that's not to say there isn't a connection between Gary Ross' film and Alicia's album.
"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," Alicia continued. "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."
Instead, there was a different person who influenced Alicia's newest work: her son, Egypt.
"You get an immediate perspective shift…all of a sudden, it's like you're a full-on f--king grown up," she told the website, revealing that most of the songs were written after she gave birth. And, like her friend Jay-Z did with his daughter Blue Ivy, Alicia might even give baby Egypt a cameo.
As for play dates between the superstar babies?
"I'm telling you, I think that they're going to have a big future," Alicia said of the tots.