Alicia Keys Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For 'Girl On Fire'

Earl Shuman, the songwriter who wrote "Hey There Lonely Girl," says that Alicia Keys ripped off his track for her hit, "Girl on Fire."

"In the middle of the song, Alicia sings a couplet or so from Eddie Holman's 1970 classic 'Hey There Lonely Girl'. Keys only uses two seconds of the original," wrote Roger Friedman for Showbiz411.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, however, the complaint from Schuman is more legit than Friedman admits:

"While the statements that Shuman has 'gone to rock and roll heaven' and concerning 'two seconds' of use are not accurate, Plaintiff alleges that the above observations by Showbiz411, in their essence, are apt."

"Girl on Fire" is currently at number two on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart; the album is at seven on the Billboard 200.

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