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Alicia Keys Accused Of Copyright Infringement For "Girl On Fire"

2:12 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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(CBS NEWS) -- Alicia Keys is facing a copyright infringement case for her hit song "Girl on Fire."

Songwriter Earl Shuman believes that Keys' song sounds like a song he co-authored in 1962 called "Lonely Boy," which reached No. 2 on the Billboard chart in 1970 after being recorded by Eddie Holman as "Hey There Lonely Girl," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 noted the similarity as well writing that he believed Keys sampled a piece of Shuman's song.

"In the middle of the song, Alicia sings a couplet or so from Eddie Holman's 1970 classic 'Hey There Lonely Girl,'' he wrote.

Shuman contacted Friedman and cites Friedman's article in his lawsuit, THR reports.

Keys' "Girl on Fire" is currently featured in a commercial and is No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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