Bloggers have changed the game. Alicia Keys‘ can thank the blogger over at Showbiz411 for the copyright infringement lawsuit she’s been slapped with by songwriter Earl Shuman. Because of this post noting the similarities between Keys’ chart topper “Girl On Fire” and the Eddie Holman 1970 classic “Hey There Lonely Girl,” one of the living songwriters decided he wanted in on the mula being made from Keys’ hit single from her fifth album of the same title.
Per Hollywood Reporter, the problem with the lawsuit is it lacks substantial proof of any similarities, instead it only points to a blogger’s musical ear and opinion. Copyright infringement lawsuits are about as common as rappers repeating the word “bitch” 13 times on one song. It will be interesting to see if a blog post is adequate proof that Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” sampled parts of “Hey There Lonely Girl.” Take a listen to both songs below.
Hear any similarities? What say you?
Alicia Keys Sued Over ‘Girl on Fire’: Is It Based on a Blogger’s Ear? [The Hollywood Reporter]
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