This was originally intended to be the lead single by rapper Nicki Minaj, from her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. However, her label scrapped its release at the last minute and decided to go with "Starships" as the lead single instead.
The song title is a term that was popularized by soccer player Thierry Henry in a series of adverts for the Renault Clio. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines the phrase as, "the quality of being exciting, vigorous and sexually attractive." The title does not show up in the lyrics.
The song features Nashville rapper Future the Artist, who is best known for his single "Ballin'," and his high top fade haircut.
The Hype Williams-directed music video explores Minaj's fairytale fantasies, including a play on the story of Snow White. The Young Money rapper can be seen playing both the heroine of the fairy tale as well as Snow White's evil stepmother.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."