"Inescapable" is a song by Australian recording artist Jessica Mauboy, written by Diane Warren and produced by Youngboyz. It was the first single released from the deluxe edition of Mauboy's second studio album Get 'Em Girls on 15 July 2011. The song's lyrics revolve around "a relationship all gone wrong but also a celebration." "Inescapable" peaked at number four on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), becoming her highest-charting single since 2008's "Burn". An accompanying music video was directed by Mark Alston and filmed in Sydney. It features various scenes of Mauboy on different coloured backdrops and ends with a dedication to Jay Dee Springbett.
"Inescapable" was written by Diane Warren and produced by Youngboyz. It was one of the songs Warren and Mauboy worked on in Los Angeles for her second studio album, Get 'Em Girls (2010). However, the song did not make the final track list on the standard edition of Get 'em Girls, and was later included on the deluxe edition. Mauboy told The Daily Telegraph that the song "is just about a relationship all gone wrong but also a celebration." Her manager David Champion said "Inescapable" was a dedication to Sony Music record-label executive Jay Dee Springbett, who was found dead at his Sydney apartment on 30 June 2011. Champion said, "Jess and JD worked very closely together on making Inescapable and she is devastated by his passing... His spirit lives on in the recording." "Inescapable" was sent to Australian contemporary hit radio on 4 July 2011, and was released for digital download on 15 July.
"Inescapable" received positive reviews from music critics. Jonathon Moran of The Daily Telegraph praised the song for being "catchy, sexy, [and] radio-friendly", while a writer for 97.3 FM called it "an absolute smash." On 1 August 2011, "Inescapable" debuted at number 20 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and number eight on the ARIA Urban Singles Chart. The song peaked at numbers four and one, respectively. This gave Mauboy her fifth top-ten hit in Australia. "Inescapable" was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for selling 140,000 digital copies.
The music video for the song was directed by Mark Alston and filmed in Sydney. A behind-the-scenes video clip from The Daily Telegraph showed Mauboy on the set of the music video wearing a range of different outfits, including a leopard-print dress, leggings and sky-high heels. One of the scenes also showed Mauboy standing beside a male model who is tied up as she sings to him with a megaphone. The completed video premiered on Vevo on 15 July 2011.
Many scenes throughout the video are intercut. It opens showing Mauboy singing with a gold microphone in a gold cube without walls on a blue backdrop. The next scene Mauboy appears wearing a leopard-print dress with black boots; she is seen standing beside a man who is tied up as she sings to him with a megaphone in front of a gold backdrop. Another scene shows Mauboy wearing a navy blue jumpsuit in a room full of mirrors. Throughout the video, Mauboy can be seen with two male dancers performing choreography on a dark grey backdrop. The video ends with a dedication to Jay Dee Springbett saying, "To Jay, We did it! This is our song. Your forever in my heart. Love Jess." A writer for 97.3 FM called the video "vibrant, fun, [and] colourful fantastic", and wrote that it "showcases Jess at her best & is exactly what the Australian public love about our girl."
Mauboy performed the song live for the first time at the 2011 ASTRA Awards on 21 July 2011. On 2 August 2011, she appeared on the grand finale of Australia's Got Talent to perform "Inescapable". For the performance, Mauboy wore a leopard-print jacket, black dress and black heels. She also performed the song on Sunrise on 9 August 2011, wearing a black and white dress with black heels.