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Upon its release, "Just like Fire" debuted in the top 50 on multiple international singles charts, and has peaked in the top 10 in the United States. In Australia, it reached number one in its second week and has also been certified triple Platinum by ARIA.
"Just like Fire" was written by Pink, Max Martin, Shellback, and Oscar Holter. The trio was also responsible for the song's production. The song has been praised for maintaining Pink's signature sound, but also covering new ground stylistically, including a rap-style breakdown. In an interview with People, Pink claimed that her daughter was the inspiration for the track. The song marks the first occasion that the singer has written an original song for a live action feature film.
The song has a running time of 3 minutes and 35 seconds and is performed in the key of E minor with a tempo of 82 beats per minute in common time. It follows a chord progression of Em-G-C-Am, and Pink's vocals span from E3 to G5.
Ahead of the track's April 15, 2016, premiere date, Pink uploaded a preview picture, suspected to be from the song's music video, to her Instagram account. It featured the singer snarling at the camera while wearing a black lace outfit with a thorn-inspired black headpiece. The image was captioned, "Let's do this #justlikefire". The following day, the song was released to digital retailers. Following the initial release, Pink topped the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart, which measures the acceleration of conversation around artists and their music.
In the United States, "Just like Fire" received 798 and 565 plays on contemporary hit radio and hot adult contemporary radio, respectively, on its first day of availability (April 15, 2016). After the official add dates (April 19, 2016 for CHR and April 18, 2016 for Hot AC), "Just like Fire" ranked as the most-added song at Hot AC radio with 62 Mediabase-monitored stations, more than double the amount of the second-most-added song. The song resultantly debuted at 38 and 27, respectively, on the BillboardPop Songs and Adult Pop Songs charts dated April 30, 2016. "Just like Fire" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 42 on the chart dated May 7, 2016. It has since peaked at number 10, becoming her first top 10 single since "Just Give Me a Reason" reached number one in April 2013.
The song also performed well internationally, reaching the top 10 in Australia, Hungary, and Scotland. "Just like Fire" saw its greatest commercial success in Australia, where it debuted at number 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The following week, the song rose to number one, giving Pink her eighth Australian No. 1, and was also certified Gold by ARIA. It has since been certified triple Platinum. In Canada, the song entered the BillboardCanadian Hot 100 at number 35 on the chart dated May 7, 2016.
The official video for "Just like Fire" was directed by Dave Meyers and was released May 8, 2016, ahead of the US premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass. The video features Pink's husband Carey Hart and their daughter. In it, Pink is observed swinging on silk ropes hung from the ceiling of a large drawing room by her husband. Her daughter, seated on a nearby fireplace mantle, watches as a blue butterfly flies into a mirror over the fireplace. Her daughter follows, stepping into the mirror. Shortly after, Pink swings on the ropes and leaps onto the mantle, stepping into the mirror as well. She arrives on a giant chessboard outside a castle. On the chessboard are doubles of Pink dressed as various chess pieces. The doubles circle Pink and the white queen shoves her over. She lands in a chair at a table set up for a tea party suspended in the air. Also seated around the table is the Mad Hatter and her daughter. The butterfly from the beginning flies around the table as Pink sings the song's bridge. Suddenly, she falls out of her chair and is shown falling through the sky, stopping inches off the ground in a rose garden. The Timekeeper from the film gives her daughter a watch in the background. Then, Pink begins hallucinating scenes from the film, her in a straitjacket, and scene from earlier in the video. It suddenly cuts to Pink in a straitjacket, being carted away into a lunatic asylum while her husband signs the release papers with a doctor, while the same butterfly follows her through the entrance.
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