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See It First: Michelle Williams Premieres ‘Fire’

It’s been 10 years since Destiny’s Child released its last studio album, “Destiny Fulfilled,” and member Michelle Williams has yet to take a break. Her third album, “Unexpected,” came out in 2008, and she’s starred in back-to-back stage productions, “The Color Purple,” “Chicago,” “Fela,” and has just signed on to join the national tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Though Williams loves theater, she is stoked to unveil this fall her fourth studio album, “Journey to Freedom.” On Friday, she premieres the video for the set’s second single “Fire” exclusively on Yahoo Music.

[Related: Michelle Williams Features Former Destiny’s Child Member in Video]

Keeping with the song’s theme, the video directed by Derek Blanks is scorching in the vein of the Ohio Players’s “Fire” album cover, except that Williams is, ahem, clothed. Williams looks flawless against the flame inducing red, orange, and yellow filters, backdrops, and lighting, leaving computer screens smoking.

But aside from the visual, Williams offers a great message of overcoming trials, even lending a biblical reference over a booming, midtempo track, singing, “Just like them boys Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego/ I know when I come out the flames won’t be smelling like smoke.”

The new video simultaneously launches with her new website,

Last fall, Williams released the video for the album’s first single, “If We Had Your Eyes.”

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