Alicia Keys Crusades for Peace with ‘We Are Here’

Smooth-as-buttah R&B crooner Alicia Keys sings about the present international ills with her single We Are Here. The thought behind it is powerful but as a single…well, it’s neither here nor there. Give it a listen here and let us know what you think of it in the comments section:

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Alicia Keys Faces Lawsuit Over ‘Girl On Fire’

Grammy award winner Alicia Keys has been slammed with a copyright infringement lawsuit last week which involves her recent hit single Girl on Fire. In the complaint filed by accomplished songwriter Earl Shuman, the singer’s latest track contains two lines that are similar to his and Leon Carr’s 1962 composition Lonely Boy, which was sung by Eddie Holman in 1970 but under the title of Hey There Lonely Girl.

Shuman only became aware of the similarities after reading Roger Friedman’s blog entry on Showbiz411 dated sometime late November, which stated, “In the middle of the song, Alicia sings a couplet or so from Eddie Holman’s 1970 classic ‘Hey There Lonely Girl,” and it is on this particular blog that Shuman bases his case against Keys and Sony Music, together with two other songwriters Salaam Remi and Billy Kravan.

Shuman’s now seeking damages, profits and interest garnered from the song Girl on Fire although some think that he might have a weak case since his lawsuit has little further evidence to support his claims. But if ever the court rules in his favor, Alicia could face losing royalties from both the concerned track and the album which it appears on.

Listen to the two embedded media below, make your own comparison and judge yourself whether Alicia is indeed liable for the offense.

Listen To Alicia Keys And Nicki Minaj’s ‘Girl On Fire (Inferno Version)’

The latest single from Alicia Keys entitled Girl On Fire which features Nicki Minaj has been getting some positive reviews ever since it was reportedly leaked online on Monday (Sept. 4) before it was even officially unveiled at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday (Sept. 6).

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The track begins with Minaj reciting the first of her two verses after which is then followed by Keys’ signature high vocals accompanied by a piano melody. When it came to the chorus, Keys soared as expected, which is both simple and glorious at the same time.

Minaj has two verses on the track, with the first serving as the song’s opening where she revisits her obsession with Marilyn Monroe while in the second she prays for strength and resilience in dealing with the critics and adversity.

Girl On Fire comes in three different versions, “the best of which is a straight up 80s-style power ballad in Phil Collins mode” according to RollingStone. It is the first single and title track of Alicia’s Keys’ forthcoming album which is scheduled for a November 27 release.

Listen in and feel the heat of Girl On Fire (Inferno Version):

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