Flame (Tinashe song)

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Tinashe - Flame.png
Single by Tinashe
from the album Joyride
Released March 16, 2017 (2017-03-16)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015–2016
Length 3:06
Label RCA
Producer(s) Sir Nolan
Tinashe singles chronology
"Quit You"
"No Drama"

"Quit You"
"No Drama"

"Flame" is a song recorded by American singer Tinashe, released on March 16, 2017 as the intended first single from her third studio album Joyride, but was later scrapped until it became featured on the Japanese edition for the album.[1][2] The song was produced by Sir Nolan,[3] who wrote the track with Tinashe, alongside Simon Wilcox, Ilsey Juber, and Nasri Atweh.


"Flame" is a midtempo eighties-styled synth-pop track described as "slow burning",[4][5][6] incorporating fluffy synthesizers and pounding drums. It marks a stylistic departure from previous singles that Tinashe released in 2016, namely "Superlove" and "Company". The song's instrumentation was compared to "Style" by Taylor Swift. Lyrically, "Flame" talks about trying to save a relationship.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Mike Wass of Idolator gave "Flame" a positive review, writing, "I know some fans prefer Tee in eerie, alt-R&B mode, but I appreciate her willingness to bounce between genres. And 'Flame' isn't exactly fluff either. She's still delving into matters of the heart, albeit soundtracked by a perky pop beat." He concludes his review of the single by stating: "I don't think this is as memorable as 'Company' or as effortless as "All Hands on Deck", but it probably has the widest appeal and, after a year of delays, that's the whole."[5]

Other media[edit]

The song was chosen as a theme song for WWE's WrestleMania 33.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on April 21, 2017.[8][9] Music video was situational as last segment shown that she torched the house and set in ablaze.


An official remix by American electronic music producer Kaskade was released on May 19, 2017.[10][11]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download


Chart (2017) Peak
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[12] 9

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide March 16, 2017 Digital download RCA
United States[13] April 11, 2017 Contemporary hit radio


  1. ^ "New Music: Tinashe – 'Flame'". Rap-Up. March 16, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Flame - Single by Tinashe". iTunes Store. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Craighead, Olivia (March 16, 2017). "Listen To Tinashe's New Song "Flame"". The Fader. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Leight, Elias (March 16, 2017). "Hear Tinashe Channel Eighties on Upbeat New Song 'Flame'". Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ a b "Tinashe's "Flame" Is A Sugary Burst Of Pure Pop". Idolator. March 16, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Tinashe Fights For Love on 'Flame,' Takes Steamy Photo with Travis Scott for 'GQ Style'". Billboard. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Get the music of WrestleMania 33". WWE. March 31, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Video: Tinashe - 'Flame' - Rap-Up - Rap-Up". www.rap-up.com.
  9. ^ "Tinashe - Flame - Singersroom.com". singersroom.com.
  10. ^ "Flame (Kaskade Remix) - Single by Tinashe & Kaskade on Apple Music". 19 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Flame (Kaskade Remix) - Single by Tinashe & Kaskade on Apple Music". 19 May 2017.
  12. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 27, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "Top 40/Mainstream > Future Releases". All Access. April 4, 2017. Archived from the original on April 4, 2017.

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