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Alicia Keys Slapped With Lawsuit For Stealing Girl On Fire Tune?!

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Ruh roh!!

It seems Alicia Keys' blazing fire may get extinguished from the insidious waters of a copyright infringement lawsuit, which claims the flaming lady stole parts of her hit single Girl on Fire from songwriter Earl Shuman's Lonely Boy!

Alicia is being sued by Shuman who penned the original track back in 1962. The tune was made famous by singer Eddie Holman in 1970, but was renamed Hey There Lonely Girl.

The silliest part of all this is that Mr. Shuman hadn't even heard Girl on Fire until a blogger brought up the fact that it sounded very similar to HIS song, and once he listened to the single, we guess Earl agreed…

Because Earl has filed papers in Los Angeles claiming that parts of his 1962 track is indeed used in Girl on Fire!

After listening to both songs, we don't find them to be all that similar…

Take a listen to Alicia's passionate delivery of Girl on Fire (above), then open your ears to Hey There Lonely Girl and decide for yourself whether or not Earl's claim is justifiable …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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12 comments to “Alicia Keys Slapped With Lawsuit For Stealing Girl On Fire Tune?!”

  1. 1

    Not copied, but Alicia's song is horrible. Like hurts my ears horrible.

  2. 2

    not even close, old man.

  3. 3

    Good! Maybe they can stop playing this annoying song too.

  4. 4

    Yeah I don't see it

  5. mykoreancrush says – reply to this


    I hear it. If she did, it's a very quick sample, almost unnoticeable

  6. Anita says – reply to this


    Silliness. Alicia didn't copy that song or line or whatever. Someone just looking for a little attention and fame for theirself and wasting other people's precious time. BTW, I love "Girl On Fire" as well as Alicia's entire album.

  7. Rivkah Bergman says – reply to this


    Re: Aita

    I Love This song"Girl On Fire" and it has no resemblance or similarity to "Hey there lonely gir"! Stop trying to make trouble! Alicia Keys is a doll and very very professional, and highly talented. She would never steal music from anyone!

  8. tinesha says – reply to this


    bull crap song sounds nothing alike

  9. travis says – reply to this


    Ijust wanna know who produced her horrible single. So sloppy.

  10. Ak says – reply to this


    When I heard it initially I thought that I heard that lonely part somewhere before. I positive that this was probably her inspiration to a degree

  11. Carrie says – reply to this


    They are as similar as Nine Inch Nail's "Head Like A Hole" and Carly Rae Jepson's "Call Me Maybe".

  12. Beatfarmer66 says – reply to this


    At the 2:24 mark on her video, that part is directly taken from "…Lonely Girl". I don't think the whole song is inspired by it, but it's in there. I've seen artists sue and win for less. Alicia or at least her producer on that song should have gotten clearance. Funny part is that the song didn't really need it. She'll have to pay out for a 3 second homage to a classic song.