New Music: Alicia Keys f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Girl on Fire (Inferno)’

Girl on Fire (Inferno Remix)

It’s getting hot in here. Nicki Minaj adds some fuel to the fire on the remix to “Girl on Fire,” the first single off Alicia Keys’ album of the same name. The empowering female anthem kicks off with a blazing verse from the Young Money diva, who name checks Marilyn Monroe and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas.

Alicia carries the flag for her fellow superwomen on the drum-heavy record, written and produced by Billy Squier, Jeff Bhasker, and Salaam Remi. “She’s got her head in the clouds and she’s not backing down,” she belts.

The Grammy-winning songstress will perform the song live at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, while her fifth album is due November 27 featuring contributions from Swizz Beatz, Babyface, Pop & Oak, Rico Love, Jeff Bhasker, Gary Clarke Jr., Emeli Sandé, Jamie xx, and Sevyn.

Feel the burn.

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117 Comments

  1. Marsha Sea

    Great song

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    YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5 Reply:

    @Marsha Sea, Barbie Killed This sh**! cuz Keys Still the Worst Rnb Singer Ever, if it wasn’t for Nicki this Song would be a trash like her songs of her last 3 albums. Real Talk
    *YMCMB MMG We Rich 4 Eva*

    Keys Please Hang it up.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5, you are a real idiot, you must have bumped your ignorant head this morning. Alicia Keys is one of the best in the business, and with or without Nikki this song is fire, her albums guarantee you at minimum 9 to 10 solid hits, whether they are played on radio or not, her music is timeless, you can play any song from songs in A Minor today and it still resonate, lets see how well Nikki does 10 years later. you are just plain out disrespectul. Have a seat before I take my belt off.

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    queen bitch baby!! Reply:

    @Lisa, thank u, took the words right out my mouth, these lil kids are so dumb

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    RDK Reply:

    @Lisa,you are a certified Nicki hater,so don’t be using YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5 as an excuse to hate on Nicki, because either way you would fine some sh-t to use to hate on Nicki,Alicia is a class no need to fling nicki under the bus to put Alicia up,i rock with Nicki and her.

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    gggrrriiisss Reply:

    @YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5, hellooooooo, with anybody wondering. I can assure you this is MinajRules 2012

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    Me Reply:

    @YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5, I hope you getting paid for all the clit u lickin… The music industry was here BEFORE and will be here AFTER Nicki. And this is coming from someone who likes some of Nicki’s music.

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    Mr Nice Watch Reply:

    @YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5, oh little boy. please grow up soon.

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    Bapai Bulieez Mer 4/9/2013 Reply:

    @YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5, Go get an Education & Grow the hell up Bitch

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    Sonya Reply:

    @Marsha Sea, I agree, this is a great song. Had to listen to it a couple times because I somehow expected it to be a little more upbeat, but I’m loving it, especially Alicia’s vocals. I’m looking forward to hearing just alicia’s version although I still like Niki’s second part, I’m just not crazy about the beginning.
    @Lisa, Thank you and you are right. Alicia was and is a huge talent and nothing can change that. I still listen to EOF and love it more every time.

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    Trina's Back Reply:

    @Marsha Sea, Sh*t is horrible. Nicki needs to sit. Alicia is desperate for a hit, so she got on the Nicki bandwagon. What has music come to?

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    Roman Emperor Reply:

    @Marsha Sea, Alicia needs to step that creative game up, it’s not crunch time.

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  2. BEEN A FAN

    YUSSSSSS IM FISRT BITCHESSSSS SUCK A BIG ONE

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    kwayzee Reply:

    @BEEN A FAN, try again

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    giizus kryst Reply:

    @kwayzee, lol

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    :) Reply:

    @BEEN A FAN, Incorrect.

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    Factual Reply:

    @BEEN A FAN, lmaoooooo “womp womp womp womp” (price is right losing horns)

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    BEEN A FAN Reply:

    @Factual, OMG YA SO RUDE WATEVA *SIPS MY T*

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    factual Reply:

    @BEEN A FAN, Lmaooooo

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    A Realist Reply:

    @BEEN A FAN, bwhahahaha

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  3. Shaytan

    Not a fan. Nicki verse was ok but Alicia Keys sounds like Rihanna in Only Girl In The World. Swiss has destroyed them chords LOL.

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    Matt Reply:

    @Shaytan, TF are you on? Alicia sounds like Rihanna? you sound ridiculous

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    Mary Reply:

    @Shaytan, That’s almost an insult to Alicia. Rih sounds NOTHING like Alicia. Please don’t go there.

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    YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5 Reply:

    @Shaytan, Yeah N**a this H** should stop annoyin’ us and Keep on lickin’ Swizzy D***

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    Michelle Reply:

    @Shaytan, are you on drugs? maybe you sniffed bath salts this morning because you are truly delusional. LOL!!! Unreal

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  4. TJ

    I love it! The whole song is beautiful & YESS 4 Mixtape Nicki calling back.

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  5. Khalil STANS 4 MISSY

    Nicki’s verse was iight but I ain’t feelin th song. I wish Alia would go back to her Songs In A Mirrior/ Diary Of Alicia Keys days. She was the shit then.

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    BLM Reply:

    @Khalil STANS 4 MISSY, Get that spelling together bew bew.

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    cam Reply:

    @Khalil STANS 4 MISSY, um you mean Songs in A MINOR loll

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  6. WOW

    Seriously this is AMAZING…

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    YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5 Reply:

    @WOW, Seriously you’re stupid

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    Bapai Bulieez Mer 4/9/2013 Reply:

    @YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5, U mean Your mama is Stupid so U is too hater

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  7. Mary

    How could anybody hate this song? It’s so beautiful & meaningful! And did anyone notice Nicki didn’t cuss in this song?

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    RDK Reply:

    @Mary,come on don’t do Nicki like that,she have alot of songs were she don’t cuss.

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    Brionna Reply:

    @RDK, Name 2

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    Jade Reply:

    @Brionna, Moment for life and Automatic

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  8. Factual

    Nicki needs to stick to rapping like this. That is when she sounds her best i dont want to hear that childish Roman bullshit. If Nicki just stayed the way she was when she first came out people would have nothing bad to say.

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    Anon Reply:

    @Factual, I disagree. people ALWAYS have somethin bad to say regardless of what you do. Example: Beyonce

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    Jade Reply:

    @Anon, Agreed. The hatred just makes you a stronger person,and you’re in power of proving people wrong and getting them to change their perspective of you.

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  9. nicko

    #TeamMinaj :’) nicki’s verses are DOPE ! So emotional ! MIXTAPENIKA, her 2nd verse makes me think of ‘Autobiography’ POP OR HIP HOP, YOUNG OR OLD … I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT NICKI !!

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  10. Diego

    Horrible she sounds off vocally never thought she was a great singer

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  11. Infamous

    Love it. Alicia is on fire with this track.

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  12. Jay

    YEah I LOVE IT!!! I’m already trying to sing along. When Alicia sings I feel it in my soul. And I love how she’s always original with her own sound. I wouldn’t have thought to put Nicki and Alicia on the same record, but I love it!!! Nicki kills on this joint!!! I love her intro and that second verse she did. Ha! Imma have this on repeat. Love it! Can’t wait to buy Alicia’s album!!! :)

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  13. NOLA Navy

    Alicia Keys sounds a mess, the beat is the same one from sleeping with a broken heart, and the lyrics are so generic and boring.

    Nicki Minaj was the best thing about this song and that means alot coming from me.

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    Michelle Reply:

    @NOLA Navy, you must be 12 and lack an appreciation for soul and passion in music, it is very obvious. So sad that this generation does not have an appreciation for real music. So very sad.

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    NOLA Navy Reply:

    @Michelle, I love soul music but this is not it. Alicia Keys gets a pass by many music lovers because of her past works. But this song is recycled. All of her songs are about the same thing currently. This song is the same as “Through it All” and has the same beat as Sleeping with a Broken Heart. Plus Alicia sounds terrible. That screaming is not singing. She needs a vocal coach.

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    Michelle Reply:

    @NOLA Navy, Like I said before you kids need to go out and listed to real music to understand what it is all about, you are so accustomed to the watered down, basic vocals that have been shoved down your throat that when you hear real soulful, passionate music from people like Alicia and Jennifer you call it screaming, it’s screaming to you because you are accustomed to mediocre. I feel sorry for this generation. I could name several artist that need a vocal coach and Alicia Keys is certainly not one of them. I sat in a packed venue last June with her and her piano, no back up singer no nothing but a damn piano and she blew for 2 hours straight. Crisp, Clear, precise vocals, until you have seen that you have no clue. I stick to my first comment.

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    RDK Reply:

    @Michelle,not all of this generation is going down because of some bad egg,i am apart of this and i acknowledge this song,it soulful powerful and uplifting,Nicki,s verse went great with it too,wonderful remix.

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  14. aj

    This is nicki’s hottest verse period. If this was just a nicki record period this would be the hottest sh*t! But coming from Alicia this ain’t good. Alicia’s vocals sound a little processed and the beat/production is just cheap tacky and throwaway. Keys was so much better before she met swizz beatz. Don’t get me wrong swizzy is good in his own right as a producer but his style doesn’t fit Alicia’s. I’ve a feeling that on this album she’ll have a few bi songs I.e. radio smashes, maybe a chart topper but at the least a top-twenty hot 100 song but the album won’t sell more than 100k. The last record probably halved her fanbase.

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  15. BJ

    Wow. This amazing. Nicki did an AMAZING JOB. Wow. Just wow.

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  16. Outspoken

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

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  17. #RihannaNAVi

    its okkkaayyyyy

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  18. Free Your Mind

    Nice

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  19. Curt

    Best! She has done it again! Cannot wait to here the single edition with her alone :D

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  20. Warren

    nice song, but same sound as Elements of Freedom.

    The Fallin Alicia was the best, in my opinion.

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  21. nicki won

    I LOVE U NICKI I AINT GOING NO WHERE I GOT U LONG AS U KEEP DOING THIS S##T NOW WAITING FOR NICKI VERSE ON LIL WAYNE D4 COMING OUT AT 4PM TODAY HOES RUN TELL THAT!

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    platics Reply:

    @nicki won, right n watch all the haters tag along ugh

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  22. YMCMB

    NOT ONLY IF NICKI GO BACK TO RAPPING LIKE THIS SHE WILL BE THE BEST FEMALE RAPPER BUT SHE ALSO WILL BE ONE ON THE BEST RAPPER PERIOD MALE/FEMALE I MEAN NICKI CAN DO IT ALL RNB,POP,HARDCORE RAPS,U NEVER NO WHAT NICKI U WILL GET AND THATS WHY I LOVE HER WE GOT U QUEEN NICK

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    Jade Reply:

    @YMCMB, She already is the best female rapper, she’s extremely versatile. She doesn’t keep the same flow and same sound. When she features, she jumps on different sounds, whether the beat is fast or slow/chilling. Most rappers today keep that same flow and sound in their music, Nicki tries everything and she succeeds at it.
    That is why I brand her the best female rapper, also, a lot of people ask her to feature. So best female rapper and Queen of Collabs.

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  23. Bruno

    Definitely Alicia’s worst single ever! The hook is totally wack. “The Girl is on fire, the girl is on fire…” Seriously? That beat is quite dated too. Try again.

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  24. @taimiicel

    love it, love nicki #tmuk

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  25. RDK

    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.

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  26. Jordan Gabriel

    i hate to admit this but i like it. I wish alicia would go back to her Songs in A Minor and Diary days but this is not so bad… I hope she can handle it live tho, because the screaming and straining hasnt done her good lately…

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  27. Meme

    Girl on fire is NOT a song that you hear once and be like’oh okay that was nice’ you have to really access the lyrics ! LOVE songs like that

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    Sonya Reply:

    @Meme, Yes, I felt the same way about “Unthinkable” and it became one of my favorite songs ever.

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    Kween Ebony Reply:

    @Meme, Exactly! “Spirit of Marilyn callin’ me / Orderin’, ballin’ me / Said she would never leave / Continuin’ to torture me /Tellin’ me to come with her / Underneath my comforter / She brought a gun with her / Then says to run with her / Took me on a balcony, tellin’ me to jump with her / Yeah, I’m into ghosts but / I ain’t doin’ stunts with her.”

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  28. BIGGIBENZO

    It’s ok…a bit of a let down.

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  29. toscaredtopostmyname

    im so mad at momma keys right about now New Day is wayyy hotter than this one lets hope it just gets better from here… MAN im so mad because i live breathe and want her to slay all these other chicks in the game right now but with this track I JUST DONT KNOW!!!

    CRYING OUT TO YOU MOMMA KEYS PLEASE WE NEED MORE TRACKS LIKE NEW DAY AND OLD SCHOOL LIKE DIARY OR IF I AINT GOT YOU

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    BIGGIBENZO Reply:

    @toscaredtopostmyname, I feel you. I got New Day on repeat like whut. Wish she was doing that at the VMAs instead

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  30. Coco Latt'e Best female Rapper

    Yo nicki verse hot you need to read the lyrics.
    1st verse
    Spirit of Marilyn callin’ me, aExplainudibly
    Bawlin she, said that she would never leave
    Continued to torture me
    Telling me to come with her
    Underneath my comforter
    And she brought a gun with her
    Pills and some rum with her
    Tip me on the balcony
    Telling me to jump with her
    Yeah I’m in the ghost but I ain’t doing stunts with her
    I ain’t tryna be that
    Haters wanna see that
    But I got ‘em aggy
    Cause I win the gold like Gabby

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  31. Kween Ebony

    Lyrically Nicki Killed her verses. “Spirit of Marilyn callin’ me / Orderin’, ballin’ me / Said she would never leave / Continuin’ to torture me /Tellin’ me to come with her / Underneath my comforter / She brought a gun with her / Then says to run with her / Took me on a balcony, tellin’ me to jump with her / Yeah, I’m into ghosts but / I ain’t doin’ stunts with her.”

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    NickiAddicted Reply:

    @Kween Ebony, lmaoo not orderin but audibly

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    NickiAddicted Reply:

    This song explains Nic’s career completely. Love this song. Her flow was perfect and I like Alicia’s voice. The rasp in it makes it hers.

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  32. TEAMLILKIM

    I DON’T LIKE NICKI BUT THIS SONG IS NICE.

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  33. Be3000

    LOVE THIS SONG. NICKI WAS SICK. ALICIA STILL HAS IT BUT SHE DIDN’T REALLY DELIVER:(

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  34. sharquality

    Nicki did her thing! S/O to her for putting Gabrielle Douglas in her verse. #LoveThatGirl Alicia did great as usual…. I hope they both will perform this song at the MTV VMAs

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  35. truthteller

    I wish Alicia would stop the shouting all the damn time, i love her but I don’t like this maybe i could give a few listens and Nicki’s voice in general irks me

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  36. BW Extreme

    I can’t believe I like this song. When I heard t in the VMA promo I thought it was gonna boring. I hope since this version is upbeat that doesn’t me the regular version is slow.

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  37. WonderLand19

    I like this alot.Nicki’s verse had nothing to do with the song.

    Alicia, i will be buying this album.

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    [x]#AIN'TNOBODYCHECKINGME Reply:

    @WonderLand19, Bitch!!! Please!!

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    RDK Reply:

    @WonderLand19, you just can’t resist when it comes to Nicki,you are one sad sad hateful b-tch,this is one of Nicki,s hottest verse and it have everything to do with the song.

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  38. oh

    DAMN!NICKI CLOCKED AWL DESE RAP BITCHES

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  39. platics

    mercy out haters go check that out yass barbz

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  40. NelsonScola

    OK, when I first red the [YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5] comment I was so angry ‘cuz Alicia is one of the hottest in the business. Nicki did great and Alicia’s voice is just from another planet. You lil kids must go and play with dolls ‘cuz yall getting old and empty head will roll if ya don’t take care.. So this is an artist. Wait for the solo version and yall be sorry for what ya saying here… ALICIA FOREVER… Venezuela loves ya

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    Rachel Reply:

    @NelsonScola, You old folks just need to acceot the fact that music is changing just as fast as technology, and right now there’s nothing we can do about it. As much as we all want old RnB back, it’s not happening, because it doesn’t sell anymore, not enough people are interested, record labels don’t want to lose a penny if their artists flop.

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  41. peace

    Not her best single, sounded better in the promo. But I support her wish to update her sound.

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  42. A Realist

    Nicki slayed!

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  43. KayeV

    something a lil off bout this song .. MTV promo sounded interesting but full track isnt juss cutting it . too make it worse , with Onxinxaw Minaj .

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    Jacie Reply:

    @KayeV, Why y’all frontin’, you know how to spell her name.

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  44. YMCMINAJ

    ANOTHER ONE FOR THE BOOKS.

    WHERE YOU AT KIM? THATS RIGHT YOU NOWHERE!!

    Probably on her BACK right now with Floyd and 50 LMAO thats only way she be making stacks these days.

    Miss Keys + Nicki = GIRLS THAT ARE TRULY ON FIRE

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  45. daniel

    Dang! Hopefully this isn’t considered her best song in her new album because this was not all that.

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  46. Ice

    I love it.

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  47. Tbozfan10

    That was annoying

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  48. MmmHmm

    *YAWN*

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  49. hello

    alicias vocals are strained, the song is cool though.

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  50. TJ

    “Spirit of Marilyn callin’ me / audibly, bawling she/ Said that she would never leave / Continue to torture me /Tellin’ me to come with her / Underneath my comforter / She brought a gun with her / pills and some rum with her / Took me on a balcony, tellin’ me to jump with her / Yeah, I’m in the ghosts but / I ain’t doin’ stunts with her/ I ain’t tryna be that/ Haters wanna see that/ but I got em aggy/ cuz I win the gold like Gabby.

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  51. Jay-Me

    Really don’t think Nicki brings much to this song to be fair & I’m a a fan. Alicia kills it though. Love this.

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  52. stanled

    ALICIA SOUNDZ TERRIBLE! SHE SHOULD NEVER ATTEMPT TO BELT ON A TRACK!

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  53. Frankie

    This song has to grow on me. I’m an Alicia fan, but I’ve listened to it now 3 times in a row and I can’t deal right now.

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  54. SHAWTY

    Huge disappointment for the both of them..

    However, I did like when Nicki said ” X in the box, cuz ain’t nobody checkin me.”

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    Haley Reply:

    @SHAWTY, Huge disappointment for both of them?

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  55. Antonio DeJoyce

    I gotta be completely honest, nobody should ever talk about Ashanti or Keyshia Cole on a song again with all this hollering she doing.. But anyways the only reason this song is headed to my ipod is cuz Nicki just killed it SMDH…!!

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  56. Dbobb199

    Love the song. Always have been a Alicia keys fan. You can sing girl so don’t let the haters f**k with getting your money….Keep doing you.

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  57. Grant

    Well … uhh, I’m sure Katniss Everdeen loves this.

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    Love Jeffery Reply:

    @Grant, YES!!! It Should’ve Been Included On The Hunger Games Soundtrack… It Really Would Fit The Story Lines, and Character… I LOVE!!!

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  58. Bapai Bulieez Mer 4/9/2013

    Good Song

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  59. Jack

    Thanks God the real Version is without Nicki.

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    Ha Reply:

    @Jack, But Nicki saved the song.

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  60. hello

    I like alicia cuz she does music with meaning but she sounds bad on this one, what happened to her voice. I liked Nickis flow on this.

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  61. BLATINOPARIS

    LOOL girl i kno u need to bring some cash to the crib to feed ur baby son but please … what happened to u then ?? its not living up … i thought u would come up with real true emotional songs like u learned something from being a mom.. KISS MY TEETH … hope the album gon b good then

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  62. g_s17

    I am a fan of Alicia Keys, but I’m not feeling this. Her vocals sound alright. I would’ve preferred this with less editing. I think I might start liking it after hearing her sing it live.

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  63. Kyle

    This sounds like something that would’ve been included on the “Element of Freedom.” I don’t know how I feel about it.

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  64. psychicfrench974

    YoungPereezy YMCMB-MMG Chapter 5 Reply : WOW , the maxim the most uncultivated I never heard of my life !! You must and you have to re-learn the basics of the music….I am kinda flabbergast by this kind of scatterbrained….( but it make me smile lol)

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    Ha Reply:

    @psychicfrench974, flabergasted*

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    Ha Reply:

    @Ha, flabbergasted*

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  65. Evol

    This son is SICK.
    Such a perfect song, so much emotion. Great production and lyrics. Go get them Alicia

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  66. Roman

    Ya’ll talking about how Nicki didn’t save the song. HER version is currently #25 on iTunes and the original is #500

    stay pressed.

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