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?