The Robert Pattinson “FKA” Twigs Love Is On Fire and That’s Just Fine album is out now. The 21-song collection was led by the Grammy-nominated “Twigs,” whose songwriting and production credits include albums by Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and more.

The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 with 64,000 copies sold in its first week. It’s the highest-charting album for Twigs, whose previous studio albums Never Been Better and Pure Shores peaked at numbers 14 and 16 on the Billboard Top Albums, respectively. The album also reached number one on the Billboard Independent album chart and the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

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Pattinson, whose real name is Robert Edward Pattinson, rose to fame starring in the Twilight film series. He made his acting debut in the 2007 James Bond film Casino Royale opposite fellow Briton Daniel Craig. The following year, he appeared in the psychological thriller What Do You Think We’re Doing In There? as a troubled piano player. He continued to appear in supporting roles in films including the 2009 film The Favourite Child, in which he plays a piano-loving photographer, and the 2011 comedy Due Date.

Pattinson went on to launch a solo career in 2017 after six years out of the public eye. The self-titled Robert Pattinson album peaked at number 43 on the Billboard 200 with 5,000 copies sold in its first week. In addition to contributing to the songwriting and production on the album, he also provided vocals on several of the tracks.

Pattinson’s foray into solo music was met with critical acclaim. At his solo shows, the 26-year-old British singer and songwriter typically performs songs from The Robert Pattinson album as well as new material. “The reception to my solo work has been pretty incredible, really,” Pattinson told GQ. “I was in New York City last week and there were so many people there. I played a couple of shows and they were sold-out shows. So, it’s given me a taste of what it must be like to be on tour, I guess.”

New Album, New Name

As we’ve established, the singer and songwriter’s solo career began in earnest in 2017 with the self-titled album. The LP took its name from a Vanity Fair article published the previous year that announced Pattinson’s split from his longtime partner, the French model and entrepreneur Lou Doillon. In the wake of his relationship dissolution, Pattinson decided to change his artist name to “FKA” Twigs. The “FKA” is an abbreviation for “Future Kayne,” and Twigs is a stage name taken from a character in the 2008 film adaptation of John Mellencamp’s novel Hurry Up and Wait. The singer later told Vanity Fair that the changes were meant to signify “who I am now and who I want to be.”

The self-described “gothic cabaret” singer’s first studio album in four years, Love is On Fire, was released on April 12, 2019. The 21-song collection is led by the Grammy-nominated “Fairytale,” featuring the Billboard top 10 singles “Roses” and “Out Of The Woods.”

Why ‘Love Is On Fire’?

Pattinson’s debut solo album was preceded by a 20-song career-spanning compilation titled Best of Both Worlds. The collection includes a variety of genres, including electropop songs, glam metal anthems, and romantic ballads. “Love Is On Fire” title track was the first song on the album and it features backing vocals from British group Years & Years, who have recorded with the likes of Justin Bieber, Coldplay, and Rihanna. The song’s lyrics are an ode to the transformative power of love: “You say you want a revolution/Then you say you want someone you can love,” he sings.

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Pattinson’s songwriting and production collaborators include some of the biggest names in pop music, including Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and Skrillex. The singer has also received praise for creating unique songs that defy easy genre categorization. “[Love Is On Fire] is an album full of surprises, like the title track, which is a glam metal anthem, or ‘In Due Time,’ which is a piano ballad, or the electropop feel of ‘Fairytale,’ a duet with Years & Years,” said Annie Black, from Capital FM. “There’s a bit of everything on here, which really shows his versatility. He writes songs about heartbreak, lust, and longing. But he also shows how he can write anthems about facing your fears and believing in yourself. That’s what makes him such an interesting, authentic artist. There’s a real sense of confidence on every song.”

The Stories Behind The Songs

On the topic of the album’s songwriting, Pattinson told GQ that he approaches each track with a specific story in mind: “When I write a song, I always imagine that it’s going to be about something specific. Sometimes I’ll write a song about my experiences, and sometimes I’ll write a song about something that’s happening around me,” he said. “On ‘Fairytale,’ I had this image of an old woman in a red dress trying to seduce a young man. That’s the whole story behind the song.”

The singer also spoke about the song “Roses,” explaining that: “When you’re in a relationship and it’s going well, you think that the most beautiful thing in the world is waking up next to your partner. When things start going downhill, it’s hard to escape the thought that they’re the last roses left in your garden. So that’s the story behind ‘Roses.’ It’s about realizing that your lover might have changed a little bit since you first met and began dating, but it’s still the same person you loved at the beginning. That’s a theme that comes up a lot in my songs. When you find that one person that makes your heart happy, you want to protect them and make sure they’re never hurt. That’s the theme behind ‘Roses.’ It’s about realizing that your lover is still the same person you fell in love with, but they’ve changed a little bit and that’s okay.”

Pattinson wrote the song “Out Of The Woods” for the 1991 animated film The Prince of Egypt. In the film, the main character Prince Rameses travels through the afterlife and must save his children from the evil spirit Seth. While on his journey, Rameses encounters his deceased wife, Queen Aunts Amunet, Nebet, and Mutemwa. The song’s lyrics ask the Pharaohs if they can return to the garden and tend their vineyards, suggesting that the future King Rameses is growing weary of the duty-bound life of a ruler. “Out Of The Woods’” is the only song on Love Is On Fire that doesn’t feature vocals from Twigs or any other artists. The track was instead sung by the Swedish male choir Arkesta. A version of the song without the choir appeared on the Best of Both Worlds album four years earlier.

Robert Is A Gentleman

Pattinson may not have a formal acting training, but his work in the Twilight films certainly gave him the acting chops to match his chiseled good looks. While he started out playing piano for his scenes in Twilight, he later admitted that he didn’t initially feel comfortable singing in front of the camera. “When I first got started, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to sing live on-camera,” he said. “I didn’t really have any training in front of the mic, but I got lucky and was able to find work where I could use my voice.”

The singer continued: “I would play piano in all of the songs, and then they would figure out a way to make me sing on-screen. They would edit and cut out all of the piano parts, so I had to find a way to carry a tune. Luckily, all of the songs were written with someone’s voice in mind, so even when I did the odd tune, it fit perfectly with the lyrics.”

During an interview with Annie Mac, she jokingly referred to Pattinson as “the Scottish Robert Pattinson.” The singer said that he wasn’t actually aware of the phrase, but added: “I like that. I like that people are comparing me to Robert Pattinson. He’s actually a pretty cool guy.”