Alicia Keys Sued For ‘Girl On Fire’ Copyright Infringement

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We sure didn’t see this one coming!

Personally, we can’t get enough of Alicia Keys‘ hit song “Girl On Fire,” but we imagine the pop star is feeling the heat these days because she just got sued for copyright infringement.

Songwriter Earl Shuman, who co-wrote the 1962 Eddie Holman classic “Hey There Lonely Girl,” alleges that Keys’ track sounds too similar to his own, particularly when she sings the phrase “lonely girl” during the bridge.

Roger Friedman at Showbiz411 was one of the first to point out the similarities, blogging, “In the middle of the song, Alicia sings a couplet or so from Eddie Holman’s 1970 classic ‘Hey There Lonely Girl.’ The song was written by Leon Carr and Earl Shuman, who are both gone to rock ‘n’ roll heaven.”

“Keys only uses two seconds of the original, but it helps make her record,” he added.

Shuman called Friedman to inform him that he was actually still alive and has a “good lawyer” working on the case.

So do the two songs really sound alike? We’ll let you be the judge…

  • Do you think the “Lonely Girl” lawsuit has merit? Tell us why or why not in the comments section!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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