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Tom Petty Releases Statement on Sam Smith Songwriting Issue: 'These Things Can Happen'

Tom Petty has released a statement concerning the Sam Smith songwriting incident that took place earlier this week.

Tom and his collaborator Jeff Lynne noticed that Sam‘s song “Stay With Me” was similar to their hit “I Won’t Back Down,” and it was decided that Sam would pay them royalties.

“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,” Tom wrote in a statement on his website. “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.”

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Sam Smith Admits He's Had 'A Lot of One-Night Stands'

Sam Smith shows off his rocker style on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s latest issue, out on newsstands now!

Here’s what the 22-year-old English singer had to share with the mag:

On his past relationships: “I had a lot of one-night stands… I met a few dodgy friends, people I’m definitely not friends with now.”

On the relationship between him and the first man he fell for, who didn’t feel the same way: “It makes me emotional, actually… He looked out for me for the rest of school. Until I turned 17,18, he just made sure that if anyone took the piss out of me, he would stick up for me. He could have made it hell for me, you know?”

On the homophobia he’s experienced: “He was like, I don’t want to share my eraser with a gay man… Prick. I hope he’s reading this [Another time, I was with my dad and] someone drove by and yelled “faggot”. I was just embarrassed that my dad had to see that, because I could only imagine how you feel as a parent. You just want to kill them. I was always embarrassed for the people around me. It never actually deeply affected me. You just ignore it, you know?”

For more on Sam, visit RollingStone.com!

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Sam Smith Finds Himself Attracted to 'Dangerous' Guys in Relationships

Sam Smith‘s piercing blue eyes grab our attention in a feature for GQ magazine’s February 2015 issue!

Here’s what the 22-year-old singer had to share with the mag:

On pop stars he admires: “Taylor Swift is amazing. I sang with her in London once but didn’t get to properly chill with her. Then, at the American Music Awards, I got to sit down with her and chat. She’s a role model. I really respect her. And she manages to sell a lot of records and make a lot of people happy financially, but also to keep that soulfulness, that honesty.”

On relationships: “In relationships. I feel so much more comfortable wanting what I’m never going to get. Like recently, I met two guys. One of them on paper is perfect and ticks all the boxes. The other is dangerous and—well, he ticks boxes actually, too. I’ve chosen him. I want that excitement. I want something that’s unobtainable. I made a statement recently about how Grindr and Tinder and those dating apps are just killing romance. People are losing the ability to just walk up to people in a bar and say hello. Sex is on tap, isn’t it, with apps like that? It may work for some people, but I miss the mystery. I find it much more sexy when someone’s fully dressed in a suit and you’ve got to work to undress them. Do you know what I mean? Instead of them just immediately being naked for you. I sound like a complete old soul right now, but I am. I just feel like people need role models, you know, that are dressed.”

On not being a diva: “I’d like to be a diva in the sense of having that kind of presence as a singer. But no. I worry all the time, actually, if I’ve been a bit strict about something, am I being a dickhead? I tell my team all the time: Just tell me if I’m being a dickhead.”

For more on Sam, visit GQ.com!

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Sam Smith Will Pay Tom Petty Royalties for 'Stay With Me'

Sam Smith has agreed to pay the legendary singer Tom Petty royalties from his song “Stay With Me.”

The decision came after Tom and his collaborator Jeff Lynne noticed that the song was very similar to their song “I Won’t Back Down.” They reached out to Sam‘s reps and both teams came to an agreement amicably.

“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,” Sam‘s rep said in a statement to Billboard. “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.”

Listen to “I Won’t Back Down” and decide if the songs sound alike!


Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – I Won’t Back Down

Sam Smith Responds Perfectly to Howard Stern's Awful Comments

Sam Smith is speaking out with some perfect tweets after Howard Stern made some awful comments about him recently.

“Do you know what I love about that guy? He’s an ugly motherf–ker. He’s fat. And I love it,” the radio host said on his show. “You know what, he looks gay to me. Not that anybody looks gay but he does seem effeminate.

“I feel like that [“Stay With Me”] will be his only hit song. I’d like to get him in here and congratulate him on beating the odds,” Howard added.

Sam took to his Twitter account over the weekend to respond to the horrible comments in a perfect way.

Meghan Trainor Eyes Writing With Sam Smith In The Future

Meghan Trainor shows off her look-a-like balloon person after appearing on BBC Radio in London on Friday morning (January 23).

The 21-year-old singer is out promoting her new #1 album, Title, ahead of her tour dates in the UK.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Meghan Trainor

In a recent interview, Meghan dished that if she’s not winning a Grammy, she wants it to be Sam Smith: “If I don’t win those I want him to win those. I want him up there [on the Grammys stage], I love him so much.”

Meghan added about working with Sam, “Yes, we already talked about it. I was like ‘Bro, we’re writing together’. He was like, ‘I’d love to’. He’s a big fan of ‘Sledgehammer’, a song I wrote for Fifth Harmony, and he didn’t know I wrote it for them. I was like ‘Yo, I wrote that’, and he was like, ‘What?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m a writer’.”

20+ pics inside of Meghan Trainor

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Sam Smith & Jonathan Zeizel Split? Rumors Surface During His Sad Concert Speech

Did Sam Smith and Jonathan Zeizel break up?

The 22-year-old crooner sparked breakup rumors at his concert the evening before when he introduced his song “Good Thing”

“When I fell in love with the person who inspired the majority of this record, I had this fight in me to basically end it when I could’ve carried on,” Sam said. “But I decided to write this song, and, the day before I wrote this song, I basically went on my phone, and I deleted their number and I deleted everything. The reason why this song is very special for me today is that I’ve actually had to do a very similar thing today with someone I’ve been seeing.”


Sam Smith Announces Split?

Sam also posted a sad selfie, which prompted fans to wonder if something was wrong. See it inside... More Here! »

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