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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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Beyonce: Hey Etsy, Don’t Mess With My Name!

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That’s a game Bey don’t play, y’all.

Beyonce threatened a company that came perilously close to using her name to sell mugs…and apparently she’s won (kind of).  Etsy (I’m sure you’ve heard of this craft supersite)- was selling mugs that say “feyonce,” and they became a bit of a trend. It was a perfect engagement gift with a little parody flare.

The singer felt the pun was more than coincidental- right down to the accent on the last “e,” so her lawyers fired off a threatening letter to the company who makes the mugs.  Etsy took the hint and took them off of the artist’s online store- but there are still other “Feyonce” items on the site, including clothing and glassware. Of course (and like anything Beyonce has a hand in) these things are selling like hotcakes.

Check out the mugs HERE. Would you buy one? I would, ESPECIALLY because it angers the Queen Bey.

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Posted Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 9:09am
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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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P Diddy Threw His Kid a 21st Bday Party

The CAA Golden Globes After Party

Here’s another like father like son story…only a bit more BOOZY.

P Diddy was drainin’ bottles (of Ciroc of course) at his son’s Justin Combs‘ 21st birthday, which he threw at a mansion in Bel Air.

Diddy threw his kid an epic ’90s-themed party for all his friends along with a couple celeb drop-ins like Justin Bieber, Khalil, Kendall Jenner, Madison Beer, and A$AP Rocky. Not too bad for his 21st- though shouldn’t he be getting drinks bought for him, at like, a bar?

According to TMZ, the best moment of the night was when Diddy toasted his son and bragged about JC’s enormous trust fund. Ah, so humble.

Check out some crazy pics of the evening, HERE! 

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Posted Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 1:13pm
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