Alicia Keys was set to unveil her new single “Girl On Fire” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday (Sep. 6), and she even gave us a teeny, tiny snippet of the song in her VMA promo. But it appears the full track has leaked online ahead of the performance and — how’s this for a Labor Day surprise — Nicki Minaj has two verses on the track!
Over stomping percussion, Minaj opens the track with the first of two understated verses, before Keys’ trademark soaring vocals and a simple, delicate piano melody kick in. Keys once again proves she’s the master at melding pop piano balladry with hip-hop, even getting Minaj to dial down the theatrics for the heartfelt song. ”Girl On Fire” is the title track off Alicia Keys’ forthcoming album (scheduled for a November 27 release) and you can hear the song over at That Grape Juice.