A songwriter has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Alicia Keys after an entertainment blogger noted similarities between one of his songs and Keys’ “Girl on Fire.”
The Hollywood Reporter shares a copy of the complaint, which alleges that Keys lifted from “Lonely Boy,” co-written by Earl Shuman in 1962. “Lonely Boy” was recorded in 1970 by Eddie Holman as “Hey There Lonely Girl.”
Shuman was apparently first alerted to the alleged copyright infringement via a blog post at Showbiz411 by Roger Friedman, which stated that “In the middle of the song, Alicia sings a couplet or so from Eddie Holman’s 1970 classic ‘Hey There Lonely Girl.’” Friedman went on to note that the song “was written by Leon Carr and Earl Shuman, who are both gone to rock ‘n’ roll heaven.”
Shuman, very much alive, contacted Friedman, and the lawsuit ball got rolling. The complaint relies heavily on Friedman’s blog post and allegation that Keys used “two seconds of the original [that] helps make her record.” As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, this line from the blog post appears to have since been deleted.
The complaint doesn’t go into further detail on the alleged similarities between the two songs, but you can have a listen for yourself.
Do you hear the alleged two-second copyright violation? Who do you think should win this lawsuit?