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Sam Smith Settles ‘Stay With Me’ Copyright Dispute

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Sam Smith quietly and amicably settled a copyright dispute involving his breakout hit “Stay With Me” over the weekend. Tom Petty claimed Smith’s Grammy-nominated ballad sounded very similar to his 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down.”

As a result of the resolution, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne who co-wrote “I Won’t Back Down” will now receive partial writing credits for “Stay With Me.” Read a statement from Smith’s people below claiming it was all just a complete coincidence.

“Recently the publishers for the song ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for ‘Stay With Me,’ written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions,” Smith’s rep tells Rolling Stone. “Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of ‘Stay With Me’ listened to ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and acknowledged the similarity.”

Smith’s rep added, “Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of ‘Stay With Me’ along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.”

No word if Smith is required to retroactively compensate Petty and Lynne or if they’ll just receive future earnings. One thing is certain though, the newly-added co-writers will not be eligible for Grammys should “Stay With Me” win statues. Check out both tracks below, along with a side-by-side comparison.

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Esmée Denters became a YouTube sensation back in the late 2000s with her amazing video performances. One of the artists she covered took notice of her.

Justin Timberlake became so enamored with Denters that she became the first artist to sign to his label, Tennman Records. Timberlake even recorded the duet, “Love Dealer,” (love the song) with his protégée which became a Top 10 Billboard Club hit. Though Denters scored a couple hits off her debut album in her native Netherlands, Tennman Records decided not to release another album with her.

Fast forward five years later and the 26-year-old Dutch singer is one of the contestants competing on the fourth season of The Voice UK. She started off shaky covering “Yellow” by Coldplay during her blind audition, but eventually all four judges including and Rita Ora turned around for her.

Check out her audition below, along with her JT duet from back in the day. Hope she does well on the show. I was always a fan.

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Kelly Clarkson Debuts ‘Heartbeat Song’ Lyric Video

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Heartbeat Song” has grown on me since I first heard it. With that being said, I still maintain that’s it’s not strong enough as a lead cut. Perhaps, a B-side or third or fourth single. Don’t you think?

Whatever your stance is on the single, the newly-released lyric video probably won’t change your mind. It’s pretty much in the vein of the boombox cover art with the song’s lyrics typed out. Pretty simple but it gets the job done. Check it out below if you’re unsure about any of the verses.

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For the most part, Once Upon A Time has been unbearable to watch this season. The only saving grace is that Colin O’Donoghue who plays Hook gets to grace my television screen on a weekly basis. The 34-year-old actor is one sexy Irishman.

O’Donoghue steps out of his fairy tale character to star as the love interest in Christina Perri’s new video, “The Words.” I must say, he looks mighty scrumptious wearing a check flannel shirt and holding an axe. The lumberjack outdoorsy look really suits him. Check him out in the Philippe Paille-directed clip below.

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Those high-heeled Ukrainian boys are back. Kazaky recently debuted the visual for their latest single, “What You Gonna Do.” If you like their past stuff, you’ll like this as well. They certainly know how to cater to their loyal fan base.

On a more serious note, I’m glad Kazaky continues to release new music despite facing hateful forces. Late last year, an anti-gay youth group stopped Kazaky from performing in Kyrgyzstan in order to defend “traditional values.” Recently, the Russian Municipal Ministries of Culture called the group immoral and “contrary to the core human values.” Fight the good fight fellas!!!

Though there have been countless gays to put on stilettos, very few match the levels of fierceness these guys do. Sashay bitches!!! Check out their slick new offering below.

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Rejoice Navy!!! Your commander just released the lead single from her new era via her website. “FourFiveSeconds” is Rihanna‘s first piece of new music since 2012′s Unapologetic.

If you were hoping RiRi would come back with a smashing club banger, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The 26-year-old singer surprises with an acoustic guitar-driven ballad. To boot, she picks the unlikeliest of collaborators- the legendary Beatle Paul McCartney and Kanye West.

The two fellows previously worked together on “Only One” which West dedicated to his late mother and young daughter. Check them out assisting Rihanna on the melodic “FourFiveSeconds.” Be sure to weigh in afterward.

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Not that I need any excuse to enjoy some Whitney Houston but since watching Lifetime’s biopic on the legendary singer, I’ve been on a Houston listening binge. I’m probably not alone, right?

If you’re in the same boat as me, check out this wicked remix by Oliver Nelson. It’s not new by any means and in fact uploaded a couple of years ago. With that being said, it’s worth a listen if you’ve never heard it. The Swedish DJ has reworked tracks for Justin Timberlake, Marina and the Diamonds, Tove Lo and many more.

On a side note, can you believe Whitney’s self-titled debut album celebrates its 30th anniversary this Valentine’s Day? Insane!!! I’m surprised a commemorative CD or television special isn’t in the works. Love Angela Bassett but her directorial debut wasn’t exactly the best tribute to The Bodyguard actress. Remember her in her glory days on the killer remix below instead.

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Her fourth studio album, In The Zone, yielded “Toxic,” arguably one of the biggest hits in Britney Spears‘ career. The LP also gave birth to classics such as “Everytime,” “Outrageous” and the Madonna-assisted “Me Against the Music.” Years later, a previously unreleased track from this era has surfaced.

The version of “Conscious” that leaked appears to be an unfinished one. Whether the final product was meant to be an acoustic guitar-driven track, who knows? With that being said, the demo has, or should I say had, potential. If you’re a card-carrying member of the Brit fan club, definitely check it out below.

In other Brit-related news, legendary producer Giorgio Moroder revealed details about his upcoming collaboration with the 33-year-old singer. For those hoping for an original composition, you’re out of luck. The Italian DJ reveals Spears suggested covering an old song. Any predictions on which track?

“She came to the studio and she did it relatively fast and absolutely gave the track her special touch,” says Moroder. Is it me or does ‘special touch‘ sound a little shady? LOL. Check out Britney Jean’s lost track below along with Moroder’s interview talking about the high-profile collaborations featured on his first new album in 30 years.

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