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Alicia Keys Settles Lawsuit Over ‘Girl on Fire’

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Alicia Keys has settled a lawsuit with Earl Shuman, who in 1962 co-authored the composition, “Lonely Boy,” a popular 1960s song.

In his lawsuit, Schuman alleged that Keys’ “Girl on Fire” used copyrighted material from his composition. The complaint filed in California federal court didn’t spell out with great detail what was precisely objectionable, but in “Girl on Fire,” the singer appeared to quote the intonation of the prior hit in singing the words “lonely girl.”

The complaint was filed late last year, and the litigation didn’t get very far for a judge to rule any which way.

Last month, the parties announced in a court filing that they had reached a settlement. No terms were revealed. Schuman’s attorney didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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