Earl Shuman claims single copies his track 'Hey There Lonely Girl'

Alicia Keys is facing a lawsuit over her single ‘Girl On Fire’ with songwriter Earl Shuman claiming a sample of his song ‘Hey There Lonely Girl’ is used in the track without his permission.

The background to the lawsuit, which was filed in November, first came to light when a blogger wrote about the similarities between Keys’ new single and Eddie Holman’s 1970 song, originally written and released by Shuman in 1962 under the name ‘Lonely Boy’. Writing for Showbiz411, Roger Friedman compared the two songs saying that the Keys uses an unlicensed sample in her track and adding: “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.”

Shuman’s lawsuit cites the blog post as evidence for Alicia Keys copyright infringement. Writing about the legal complaint, The Hollywood Reporter revealed a scan of the document, which claims: “While the Showbiz411.com 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’ features on Alicia Keys latest album, also called ‘Girl On Fire’. The album features songwriting credits for Emeli Sande as well as a song produced by Jamie Smith of The xx

A verdict on the lawsuit is yet to be returned. You can hear Alicia Keys’ ‘Girl On Fire’ and Earl Shuman’s song below: