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Alicia Keys is being sued over copyright infringement for “Girl on Fire” after a blogger heard an uncredited quote in the song.
Late last month, Showbiz411’s Roger Friedman noticed that “Girl on Fire” appears to include a couple of lines from Eddie Holman’s 1970 hit “Hey There Lonely Girl,” written by Leon Carr and Earl Shuman, who he assumed weren’t alive. Keys already credits ‘80s rocker Billy Squier as a co-writer on “Girl on Fire,” since she quotes his track “The Big Beat.”
It turns out that Shuman is not dead and he commented on Friedman’s post. Shuman told Friedman that the song has been quoted in the past, notably by the Beastie Boys, who did pay for using the song.
On Monday, Shuman filed his lawsuit, reports THe Hollywood Reporter and even quotes portions of Friedman’s post in the suit. “While the Showbiz411.com statements that Shuman has 'gone to rock and roll heaven' and concerning 'two seconds' of use are not accurate, Plaintiff alleges that the above observations by Showbiz411, in their essence, are apt,” the suit claims, relying on Friedman’s post as Shuman’s evidence.
In fact, THR notes that Shuman’s lawyer barely mentions details about Keys’ song beyond the fact that it has been an international hit and that it includes a drum track from another song (that being Squier’s song).
Shuman also names Sony as a defendant in the suit.
Here’s Keys’ song:
And here’s “Hey There Lonely Girl,” first written as “Lonely Boy”: