‘Girl on Fire’ is proving to be a big hit for singer Alicia Keys but its also getting her into some hot water.Songwriter Earl Shuman is suing Keys for copyright infringement claiming that she borrowed a piece of music from his 1962 song “Hey There Lonely Girl” recorded in 1969 by Eddie Holman.
The similarity was first picked up by Showbiz411’ s Roger Friedman who wrote: “In the middle of the song, Alicia sings a couplet or so from Eddie Holman’s 1970 classic ‘Hey There Lonely Girl.’ That song was written by Leon Carr and Earl Shuman, who are both gone to rock and roll heaven.”
Turns out Friedman was mistaken; Earl Shuman is very much alive and is now seeking compensation for the use of his music. A few days after Friedman’s piece came out Shuman posted a reply thanking him for his expertise, informing him that he was still alive and that he
attention being brought to the copyright infringement.