Alicia Keys, one of the more prolific and original songwriters, has been slammed by a copyright lawsuit over her song “Girl on Fire,” just as she released the latest video for her new song, “Brand New Me.” Alicia is likely to come out a winner on both counts.
Songwriter Earl Shuman, 89, has had his own prolific career as a composer and songwriter. His works have been performed by such artists as Bing Crosby, Patsy Cline and Nina Simone.
Shuman claims in the lawsuit that Keys lifted some of the melody for one of her latest releases, “Girl on Fire” from his song, “Hey There Lonely Girl,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The song was originally released as “Hey There Lonely Boy,” by Ruby and the Romantics in 1963, and hit No. 27 on the U.S. pop charts.
It was re-released as “Hey There Lonely Girl” by R&B singer Eddie Holman in 1969 and became his biggest hit, according to songfacts.com. The lyrics in question from the song are:
Hey there lonely girl, lonely girl
Let me make your broken heart like new
Oh, my lonely girl, lonely girl
Don’t you know this lonely boy loves you
According to the complaint, Keys allegedly appropriated a two-second snippet, where she sings:
“She’s a lonely girl
And it’s a lonely world”
Meanwhile, Keys, 31, premiered her new video for “Brand New Me.” The video is shot in a minimalist style and shows the R&B singer sporting a new curly hairdo.
Keys starts out on her piano with a gentle refrain. She strolls around the sound stages wearing a black dress with a plunging neckline.
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Footnote: Keys will be taking the stage tonight for the ”Live On Letterman” webcast concert series. She will also appear on the “Late Show” with David Letterman.