Alicia Keys released a new music video on Tuesday, December 18, for her single "Brand New Me," but it was a lawsuit over her "Girl on Fire" single that made headlines.
Earl Shuman, a songwriter who co-wrote the song "Lonely Boy" which was later recorded as "Hey There Lonely Girl" by Eddie Holman, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in California on December 10 claiming that "Girl on Fire" has a sample of his song that was not credited, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which published the lawsuit.
The suit names Keys, Sony Music Entertainment and other defendants and also cites a blog post by ShowBiz411.com titled "Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire' Also a 'Lonely Girl' from 1970." The post, written by Roger Friedman, states, "...like a lot of Keys's songs, it comes with ingredients from past hits."
"In the middle of the song, Alicia sings a couplet or so from Eddie Holman's 1970 classic 'Hey There Lonely Girl," Friedman later added. "Keys only uses two seconds of the original, but it helps make her record. "
The suit notes that the article incorrectly stated that Shuman was dead and quotes the post in its in entirety. The lawsuit says, "Plaintiff alleges that the above observations by Showbiz411 are, in their essence, apt."
The lawsuit states that the defendants "did not obtain authorization concerning the use of 'Lonely Boy/Girl' before writing, producing, distributing and/or exhibiting "Girl on Fire."
"Girl on Fire," which was released in September, currently sits in the No. 12 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Keys has not released a statement in regards to the lawsuit.
In other news, the singer released the video for her single "Brand New Me," which is off her recently released album also titled "Girl on Fire."
In the video, Keys is shown wearing a curly wig and appears annoyed with a director of the video within the video. She later wanders into a studio and a room with mirrors where she triumphantly takes off the wig to reveal her shorter, natural hair. Keys goes back to the video shoot at the end of the clip and "The Journey continues..." flashes on screen.
Watch the videos for "Girl On Fire" and "Brand New Me" below.