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Alicia Keys sued over 'Girl On Fire'

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Alicia Keys’ single “Girl on Fire” already has five credited songwriters (including ’80s rocker Billy Squier, whose drum track for “The Big Beat” appears underneath “Girl on Fire”) – and now it may need to add a sixth.

Songwriter Earl Shuman is suing Keys over “Girl On Fire,” claiming it borrows elements from “Hey There Lonely Girl,” a song he co-wrote with Leon Carr for Eddie Holman.

“Hey There Lonely Girl” was a huge hit for R&B singer Holman in 1970, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Give a listen to both below and decide for yourself if Shuman has a case. 

Eddie Holman, “Hey There Lonely Girl” 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alLgxBUcMbc&w=510

Alicia Keys, “Girl On Fire” 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwaCaaqfIK4&w=510

What do you think? Did you spot the use of “Hey There Lonely Girl” in “Girl On Fire”? Does Shuman have a legit case?

You can clearly hear the bit of the melody of “Hey There Lonely Girl” dropped in there for a few seconds, but does that constitute a true lift? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Read More on EW.com:
Bruce Springsteen, the Who, Billy Joel, and Beatlevana: On the scene at 12-12-12
Review: Alicia Keys, Girl On Fire
Alicia Keys: The stories behind the songs

Originally posted December 18 2012 — 12:25 PM EST

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