Alicia Keys has a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter about her new single, her tour, voting for Obama, and how she originally came up with the idea for ‘The Girl on Fire’, now associated with the Hunger Games.
Talking about Obama, who she campaigns for, Keys says, “"Please spread the word to everybody you can … that we gotta make sure we’re voting for Obama and I feel so confident that he’s absolutely the right man to run this country. It’s more obvious that he’s the absolute right candidate. He’s always speaking very honestly, very truthfully, very candidly. I think sometimes people might want him to be more riled up or upset or something, but he’s always on. He’s always saying what needs to be said.”
She also talks about her new song, ‘Follow the Moon’, saying, “The amazing part of this is it’s completely inter-generational. It’s about a daughter and her grandmother. It’s something that a mother and child can experience together, siblings can experience together, something that a grandmother and a grandchild can experience together. My mother and (2-year-old son) Egypt would definitely go through the story and play the games ... and write in the journals and draw pictures."
She does add that she was originally approached to do a song for Hunger Games by the filmmmakers, saying, “They approached me when the song was written. They approached me about doing, like, the song … they were like, 'Maybe this song could work with the movie,' and literally, if it was a little bit of a different timing, I think it (would) have happened. Which would have been so crazy … if my album came out after the movie came out."
She adds, "So it didn’t quite line up, but one had nothing to do with the other. I was on my own Girl on Fire trip and then they made the movie. I think they copied me!”