Alicia Keys Discusses Main Character Of Her Upcoming ‘Girl On Fire’ Graphic Novel

Plus, listen to the music legend’s new “LALA (Unlocked)” single featuring Swae Lee.

Alicia Keys has won multiple American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards, Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and NAACP Image Awards for her musical output over the last twenty years.

The R&B singer/songwriter is set to try her hand at another artistic medium. Alicia Keys is creating a graphic novel named after her 2012 album Girl on Fire. She spoke about the forthcoming long-form comic book with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1.

“Now, the graphic novel for Girl on Fire is about to be crazy. It is so powerful. The main girl, her name is Lolo, and she’s from Brooklyn. And she grew up just like how we all grew up,” said Alicia Keys. “And she has powers inside of her that she never even imagined, and what she’s able to do, she surprises herself and she scares herself because we all have power that’s scary.”

The New York City native continued, “And so, she’s getting to learn what is this power and how can I use it? And it’s sick, it’s gorgeous. The art is stunning. And the story is really, really fire. So, that’s coming. That’s coming, but I’m excited about it.”

Girl on Fire is Alicia Key’s fifth studio album. The RCA Records release included collaborations with Nicki Minaj for “Girl on Fire (Inferno Version)” and Maxwell for “Fire We Make.” Girl on Fire debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart by selling 159,000 first-week copies.

This week saw the arrival of the new Alicia Keys single “LALA (Unlocked).” The track features Rae Sremmurd member Swae Lee. “LALA (Unlocked)” was produced by Keys and EarDrummers chief Mike WiLL Made-It.

“Swae is such a bright energy. He’s the real deal. He’s so authentic and for real,” Alicia Keys told Zane Lowe. “You know how you meet a lot of people and it’s different vibes, but his vibe is so genuine. His energy and how we just wrote the song. It just felt so, it’s just like it’s tumbling from, I don’t know where it came from.”

The classically-trained pianist added, “What I love about it is it’s so unexpected because you might see Swae featured on my record and you might expect something, or you might not expect something. I’m not sure what people expect, but what I love about it is I personally feel like you never heard Swae like this before.”