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R&B News N Rumors: 12/22/12 Edition

By December 22, 2012

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Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:

  • Alicia Keys' song "Girl On Fire" is the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit recently filed  in California federal court. The plaintiff is songwriter Earl Shuman, who in 1962 co-authored the song that became the hit "Hey There Lonely Girl." Shuman says Alicia's song infringes upon his.
  • Billboard magazine has tallied its top 100 R&B/Hip-Hop songs of 2012 list, and Beyonce's "Love On Top" led the list, followed by Usher's "Climax" and "Lotus Flower Bomb by rapper Wale, which features Miguel.
  • R&B stars Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and John Legend were among the celebrities who took part in a video promoting a campaign to get better control laws passed.
  • Keyshia Cole recently caused a stir by refusing to perform at a concert in her hometown of Oakland after she found out she was an opening act and not the headliner.
  • Amy Winehouse may not have died from alcohol poisoning, according to London officials who are launching a new inquest into the singer's death in January.
  • Avant releases his seventh studio album, Face The Music, on Feb. 5, 2013. The first single is "You & I," a follow up duet with R&B songstress Keke Wyatt.
  • D'Angelo's James River and Tweet's Love, Tweet are on the list of perpetually delayed R&B and Hip-Hop albums that should have come out long ago.
  • Kem recently treated 19 boys in kindergarten through fifth grade at Detroit elementary school Golightly Education Center to free haircuts.
  • Should people be suspicious of hipsters' newfound love of R&B?

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