Singer Alicia Keys performs during the Public Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.
*Alicia Keys took to the piano at President Obama’s Commander in Chief Ball last night and modified the lyrics to her song “Girl on Fire” in tribute to the president and Michelle Obama.
“He’s living in a world and it’s on fire,” Keys sang on a medley that started with “New Day.” “Filled with catastrophe / But he knows he can find a way.” Later, the singer ad libbed, “Everybody knows Michelle is his girl / Together they run the world.”
Keys was part of an inaugural bill that also included fun., Soundgarden, Brad Paisley and, for the Obamas’ first dance, Jennifer Hudson serenading the first couple with Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”
*Alicia Keys is taking the heat of her fifth studio album to venues across the country and Canada,
The singer-songwriter has announced a 24-city North American “Set The World On Fire Tour,” to kick off on March 7 in Seattle, WA and close on April 18 in Chicago, IL. Miguel will serve as the supporting act.
“I can feel the energy of this upcoming year building and I couldn’t be more excited to go on tour with the new album and I’m thrilled to have the insanely talented Miguel join me,” Keys said in a statement. “‘Girl On Fire’ has been such an empowering and freeing experience for me as an artist. I can’t wait to discover how the new and familiar faces I see on tour embrace the music and the journey I’ve taken.”
Miguel, who recently trekked alongside Trey Songz and Elle Varner on the “Chapter V Tour,” says the “Set The World On Fire Tour” will “be on fire.” “I love Alicia because whether it’s 5 or 500,000 people she’s performing for, she exudes this hypnotic honesty and a transparent artistry,” Miguel said via press statement. “I think that’s what this tour will be remembered for the most.”
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets on Monday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. through Citi’s Private Pass Program.
Dates for the Set The World On Fire Tour are listed below:
Thu. Mar. 07 Seattle, WA WAMU Theatre
Fri. Mar. 08 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Sun. Mar. 10 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Tue. Mar. 12 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Wed. Mar. 13 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino
Fri. Mar. 15 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Center
Sun. Mar. 17 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Mon. Mar. 18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Thu. Mar. 21 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Sat. Mar. 23 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Sun. Mar. 24 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Time Forum
Wed. Mar. 27 Southaven, MS Landers Center
Fri. Mar. 29 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Sat. Mar. 30 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Tue. Apr. 02 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Wed. Apr. 03 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Fri. Apr. 05 Brooklyn, NY Barclay’s Center
Sat. Apr. 06 Mashantucket, MA MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Wed. Apr. 10 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
Thu. Apr. 11 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sat. Apr. 13 Atlantic City, NJ Mark G. Etess Arena
Sun. Apr. 14 Washington DC Verizon Center
Wed. Apr. 17 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Thu. Apr. 18 Chicago, IL United Center
*Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire,” currently No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and featured prominently in a current American Express commercial, is now the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed last week in California federal court.
The plaintiff is Earl Shuman, an accomplished songwriter who in 1962 co-authored the composition, “Lonely Boy,” a song that reached No. 2 on Billboard’s chart in 1970 after being recorded by Eddie Holman as “Hey There Lonely Girl.”
Shuman believes there’s a similarity between Keys’ song and his “Lonely Boy/Girl.” [Scroll down to hear both songs.] However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “his lawsuit is rather bereft of important details, substituting an entertainment blogger’s ear in lieu of any demonstration of substantial similarity.
That’s not to say there won’t be people out there who won’t compare the two songs (here and here) and spot a likeness, particularly in the way that Keys intones three notes while singing the words “lonely girl.”
One of the people who noted a supposed similarity was Roger Friedman at Showbiz411, who wrote in late November of what he believed to be an uncredited sample. “In the middle of the song, Alicia sings a couplet or so from Eddie Holman’s 1970 classic ‘Hey There Lonely Girl,’” he wrote. “The song was written by Leon Carr and Earl Shuman, who are both gone to rock ‘n’ roll heaven.”
After Friedman’s post went up, Shuman apparently contacted the writer to note that he was still alive. Friedman responded by acknowledging this, questioning why Keys hadn’t cleared rights, and to say that Shuman had a “good lawyer” on the case.
A lawsuit was indeed filed, and — surprise — the complaint quotes a substantial portion of Friedman’s original post, including a sentence that appears to have now been removed: “Keys only uses two seconds of the original, but it helps makes her record,” he wrote.
If true, one would think that Shuman’s assumed good lawyer would have no problem spelling out the alleged infringement.
Instead, in Shuman’s lawsuit against Keys, Sony Music Entertainment and others, the plaintiff points to Friedman’s blog, saying, “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.”
Shuman’s lawyer, Philip Kaplan of Los Angeles, attaches a copy of his client’s songsheet but hardly goes into any discussion of Keys’ song except to spend a few graphs on its international success and the allegation that it includes a drum sample from another song.
*Alicia Keys is the woman of the year, in a lotta folks’ book.
She’s got a family, she’s got a new album, she’s even produced a Broadway play. To paraphrase her new CD, she’s a girl on fire.
In a recent interview with 97.1 AMP Los Angeles, she discussed the recent journey of her life and career, saying that she’s taken things to a whole new level.
“I’m in a new space of my life and I think that because of that, I was more open to just doing things I never did before.” she told 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles. “I needed to do things I never did before. I couldn’t go in and do it in maybe the comfortable way that I’ve been used to doing it. I needed to break all the rules and break all the walls down and because of that, I think the songs have come together in the best way I’ve ever written.”
She’s certainly got everyone’s attention, being that her album debuted at No. 1. This album, she explained, is everything she’s got. No boundaries, no limits, this joint is the joint for Alicia Keys.
“I wanted to make songs that were going to be like really special, so I feel proud. I feel like I achieved that,” she said.
Singer Alicia Keys performs onstage during a celebration of Carole King and her music to benefit Paul Newman’s The Painted Turtle Camp at the Dolby Theatre on December 4, 2012 in Hollywood
*She’s done it again.
Alicia Keys tops the Billboard 200 chart for the fifth time in her career, as her latest album “Girl On Fire” debuts at No. 1 with 159,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Keys previously led the list with her first four albums (three studio sets and a live release). Her last album, 2009′s “The Element of Freedom,” entered at No. 2 with 417,000. Its hefty sales were buoyed by its week-before Christmas release date (Dec. 15). However, it was blocked from No. 1 by Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream,” which was in its fourth week at No. 1 (with 661,000).
“Girl On Fire’s” launch is the smallest of any Keys album — falling lower than that of her 2005 “Unplugged” set (196,000). That said, “Girl On Fire’s” start, according to Billboard, is what industry sources had forecasted a week ago, when insiders suggested it would bow with about 145,000 to 170,000.