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Tom Petty Addresses Sam Smith Controversy

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Tom Petty finally issued a statement about all this Sam Smith copyright hubub, and it’s chill, laid back and low key (just like Petty).

As you know, Petty and his Traveling Wilbury’s partner Jeff Lynne were awarded royalties to Smith’s “Stay With Me.” In a statement to Billboard, the rock legend praises Smith and tells everyone that errythings gonna be all right:

About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.  Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all.

See? Cool as a cucumber, and no feelings hurt. What do you think about the statement? Should Petty have been harsher on Smith?

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Posted Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 3:15pm
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Nanny Sues Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon


Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon may be getting divorced, but they’re gonna have to hang out soon, because they’re being sued by their former nanny…

Why? Because Simonette DaCosta- the nanny in question- said she showed too much affection to their twins!  TMZ said that DaCosta, who was the full-time nanny when the kids were just infants, said that the twins loved her and it did NOT sit well with Mariah.

Wow, Mariah getting beligerent. Who would have thunk it?

DaCosta claims the singer berated her for showing too much affection, meaning she was jealous because the kids dug their nanny more than their banshee of a mom. DaCosta also claims she was worked too hard…like an upwards of 90 hours in a week.

She wants back pay and other damages…and maybe a cut of Mariah’s Vegas Money? Oh wait, that’s Nick.

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Posted Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 8:08am
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Tom Petty Awarded Royalties For Sam Smith Song

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Just a coincidence?!  Sounds like Tom Petty will take this “coincidence” to the bank….

A number of listeners were quick to note marked similarities of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1989 classic “I Won’t Back Down”. As it turns out, Petty’s lawyers also took notice, and Smith has agreed to pay songwriting royalties to Petty. Consequence of Sound Reports:

According to The Sun, Smith and Petty actually settled out of court back in October, but details only emerged just this weekend. The settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne (of ELO fame). The song’s credit on ASCAP — that’s the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers — now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.

Said one source close to the case, “When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks,” referring specifically to melodies of the respective choruses. “After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”

The source went on to note the case was “done behind closed doors without any mud being slung,” explaining that similar songwriting cases have turned ugly publicly.

A rep for Smith confirms that Petty and Lynne are now listed as co-writers for “Stay With Me.” Smith fully “acknowledges” its similarities to “I Won’t Back Down” But holds firm that the song’s similarities are a “complete coincidence.”

What do YOU think?

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Posted Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 3:15pm
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Ryan Gosling’s Stalker is MIA

Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes will get married after their baby is born

I guess it’s hard sometimes to be hot, hot Ryan Gosling

The actor wants protection from a woman who has been stalking him, but the judge isn’t having it…because the stalker is nowhere to be found!

According to TMZ, Gosling’s lawyers admitted that they just can’t locate Grace Marie Del Villar, the DELIGHTFUL woman who has shown up at Ryan’s house in the middle of the night and sent him harassing emails and packages. Gosling got a restraining order against her late last year and filed to extend the order for the next three years.

But the biggest thing is that Villar lives in NYC and Gosling’s team can’t find her! The case got dismissed this morning because the only way to get a restraining order is to personally serve the alleged stalker…and she ain’t nowhere to be seen.

This sounds pretty scary, actually…but why the eff can’t a team of people with unlimited resources find this woman? Geez.

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Posted Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 1:13pm
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