Tom Petty Calls ‘Stay With Me’ Similarities A ‘Musical Accident’

Earlier this week, The Sun learned that Sam Smith would pay Tom Petty royalties for "Stay With Me," which contains similar notes, chords, rhythms and pitches to Petty's classic track, "I Won't Back Down." Petty released a statement on his website, noting that he has "never had any hard feelings toward Sam," and that the two artists never used the word "lawsuit" when discussing the mishap:

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.

Smith's camp spoke to Rolling Stone earlier this week, acknowledging the similarities between the songs. They also confirmed that "Stay With Me" is now co-credited to Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, who wrote "I Won't Back Down." At the time, they called the likeness "a complete coincidence."

At least we got this mashup out of the whole ordeal:


Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones Are Your New Ghostbusters

The all-female cast of the "Ghostbusters" reboot has reportedly been chosen. The Paul Feig comedy has been buzzed about for months, and now The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Melissa McCarthy has officially signed on for a lead role. (She was reportedly in negotiations earlier this month.) But that's not all: According to THR, Kristen Wiig and "SNL" stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are now in negotiations for their parts. The film is scheduled to start shooting this summer.

Representatives for the actresses did not return HuffPost Entertainment's immediate request for comment. Feig, however, tweeted the following photo just before the THR story posted:

He later gave an update on the film's release:

Feig, whose credits include "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat," confirmed that he would take on the new "Ghostbusters" film for Sony back in October. (He and "The Heat" writer Katie Dippold are working on the screenplay.) In an interview with EW.com, Feig explained his direction for the movie: "I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics."

While the rest of the cast has not been revealed, HitFix reporter Drew McWeeny speculated that original "Ghostbusters" star Bill Murray could join the film as one of the villains, a "professional supernatural debunker." Murray famously balked at doing a third "Ghostbusters" film for years, back when original director Ivan Reitman had previously been attached. (Reitman bowed out from directing duties after Harold Ramis died last year.)

Nick Jonas On Partying With Taylor Swift And Becoming A Gay Icon

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About a year ago, Nick Jonas hit a dead end. The Jonas Brothers' days as purity-ring-rocking boy-band kings were long over, and the sibling trio had canceled a planned reunion tour and album in the face of low demand. "There were a couple of months of sitting around and doing nothing," says the singer, 22. "Then I woke up one morning and I thought, 'This is not my life. I'm going to go work that much harder.'" His relaunch as a solo artist worked: Jonas' ultracatchy single "Jealous" is a Top 10 smash, he's dating former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, and his half-naked photo shoots have turned him into a grown-up sex symbol. "It's really bizarre, to be honest," says Jonas. "I've never had a song like 'Jealous.' It's pretty flattering."

Related: Watch Nick Jonas' Journey From Kid Star to Grown-Up Icon

You recently Instagrammed a photo of yourself wearing a zebra mask at Taylor Swift's birthday party. Care to explain what was up with that?
Oh, I think that was just the tequila talking. That was a fun night. Taylor threw a really good party. And I was pretty pumped about hanging out with Jay Z and Beyoncé. Talk about relationship goals!

Speaking of Beyoncé, does it make you jealous that she had a song called "Jealous" a year before you released yours?
Well, I've realized that there are a lot of songs about jealousy. I don't think I can take ownership of the word. And I love Beyoncé, so I'd say it's OK.

The photo shoot you did last year where you were in your underwear, grabbing your crotch, pretty much single-handedly jump-started your solo career. Did you know it was going to be such a big deal when you took the photos?
I had no idea. It just kind of happened, and now I have a lot of unexpected new fans. It was pretty interesting to watch it all unfold and travel in the way it did. It's resurfacing at the moment, as another male artist [Justin Bieber] has done a photo shoot similar to it. It's one of those things where I'm getting sick of looking at myself like that.

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Between those photos, your role as a gay martial artist on the TV show Kingdom and your performances at gay clubs, you've become a new gay icon. How do you feel about that?
I don't know if I'd necessarily call myself a gay icon. But my goal in the last year was to expand and grow as a person and an artist, and embracing my gay fans was a priority. Some of my gay friends have thanked me for that, and that's a really good feeling.

Were you worried about backlash from your old fans?
Of course. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little fearful. But you have to be willing to say, "I know I'm pushing myself, and if not everybody comes with me, that's OK." I'm just thankful that a lot of them did.

When you look back at your years as a tween idol in the Jonas Brothers, are those fond memories or do they make you cringe?
It's a good balance of both. It was a lot of fun — I got to perform at the White House five or six times, and I went to spring training with the Dodgers, which was a highlight of my entire life. But there are also things that are embarrassing, like looking back at your middle-school yearbook. Especially the emphasis on our relationships. That can mess with your head. We had a pretty huge female fan base, so we had to make a concerted effort to keep things private and say we didn't have girlfriends. I feel bad about it now. I probably hurt some people.

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Your older brother Joe revealed last year that he smoked weed for the first time with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato when you were all teenagers. Do you have any stories about getting high with your fellow Disney stars?
Uh, I never smoked weed with any of my fellow Disney stars. I smoked weed elsewhere [laughs]. But I was actually way more guarded back then. I wasn't partying too hard at 15, which is probably for the best. I've loosened up quite a bit since then. My Disney years feel like a long, long time ago.

Do you think you'll ever reunite with the Jonas Brothers?
I don't know. My life has changed so much in 12 months that I can't predict what tomorrow is going to bring, you know? It's hard to imagine saying "never." But for this moment in time that I'm in right now, I don't see that happening.

What's the biggest difference between your life now and what it was like being famous the first time around?
I think part of the beauty of being a pop phenomenon is that you're going 1,000 miles per hour, and it's all happening – and that's also the hard part about it. It's very easy to get used to certain things going at that speed, with that frenzy behind it. But it's not necessarily the foundation for the best, longest-lasting career. This time around, I'm trying to set up a foundation so that I can do what I love for the rest of my life. I see my career as not just music, but as hopefully an entertainer on all mediums, and someone who can have real influence and make great art.

Who are your biggest role models in that regard?
Elvis, for sure. He was one of the first ones to do acting and singing at the same time, and he's obviously an icon. On top of that, I think that Justin Timberlake has done a good job of not only transitioning from where he started, but also balancing acting and singing.

Related: Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014

Do you listen to much new music? What have you been loving lately?
The new D'Angelo album is my favorite. Specifically the song "Betray My Heart." It's amazing to hear someone with so much soul be that creative with melody.

It's interesting that you mention D'Angelo. He went into a decade-long tailspin after showing off his toned abs in the "Untitled" video. Can you identify with that?
I definitely understand the pressure you can feel in that position, and how it can complicate your mental state. It makes things strange when you reach for one more beer or you want a cheeseburger, and you start thinking how it's going to affect your body. But I'm diabetic, so I have to be health-conscious regardless.

You're about to open for Iggy Azalea on tour. Have you ever thought about crossing over to rap?
You know, I've been known to drop a spoken-word bit into a song from time to time. But not straight-up rap. I don't know that I have that gift [laughs].

Related: Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2014

From The Archives Issue 1227: January 29, 2015

Sam Smith Will Pay Tom Petty Royalties For ‘Stay With Me’

Turns out, everyone agrees with Tom Petty's lawyers. Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" sounds oddly similar to Petty's "I Won't Back Down," and Smith will now have to pay him royalties for the song.

HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Smith; this post will be updated if and when they respond.

Back when Smith's smash single came out, many listeners drew comparisons between the two tracks. In a story on Medium, Ed Rex even noted that there were identical notes, chords, rhythms and pitches.

According to The Sun, the two musicians settled the dispute out of court back in October, but the details emerged this weekend. A 12.5 percent writing credit was given to Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne and Jimmy Napes as chief songwriters of the song.

"Stay With Me" has sold almost four million copies worldwide and was one of the biggest tracks of 2014. It is nominated at the forthcoming Grammys for Best Pop Performance and Record of the Year, so it's a good thing Tom Petty wouldn't, uh, back down.


Patrick Stewart Must Be Sad He Never Shared An ‘X-Men’ Scene With Jennifer Lawrence

Patrick Stewart starred with Jennifer Lawrence in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," but merely appearing in the credits with Lawrence isn't enough for the actor. In an EW Facebook chat promoting his new movie "Match," Stewart said that the actress would be his ideal co-star.

"I'd like to collaborate with Jennifer Lawrence," he said. "I think she's brilliant, with a great sense of humor, and quite good looking."

He also endorsed a Patrick Stewart-Ian McKellen buddy comedy. "It’s a brilliant idea," he wrote. "Will you write the script for us please? Which of course will have to have approval."

Attention Hollywood: Let's get both of these projects in the works, please and thank you.

Watch The ‘Transparent’ Cast Reveal Their Favorite Moments From The Show

"Transparent" fans are eager to swap favorite moments with each other -- Ali's attempted threesome, maybe, or perhaps when Len and Sarah get stoned. Now, the cast has shared their most memorable scenes in these intimate clips, debuting exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment.

In the videos above, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Rob Huebel, Gaby Hoffmann, Kathryn Hahn and Melora Hardin recall funny moments, cut lines and harsh truths from filming "Transparent," which won Golden Globes for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor (Jeffrey Tambor) earlier this month. (Spoiler: Duplass realized his character, Josh, probably had sex with more women in Season 1 than Duplass has in his entire life.)

Fans may have already raced through "Transparent" Season 1 a few times over, but Amazon is offering the show for free to viewers all day on Saturday, Jan. 24.

‘Glee’ Cast Performs Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’ In Final Season

"Glee" begins its sixth and final season on Jan. 9, and in preparation for its farewell, the show released the first full performance featuring Darren Criss, Lea Michele and the Warblers. The group tackles Ed Sheeran's "Sing," the lead single from the British star's "X," which came out in June.

In the clip, Blane (Criss) is the Warblers' new coach, and the group performs a pretty impressive dance routine for him and Rachel (Michele). Enjoy, Gleeks.


Pussy Riot Release ‘Witches of Pussy Riot Clean Manezhka’ Video

Pussy Riot has released a new video ahead of the Russian court's verdict against opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The video, "Witches of Pussy Riot Clean Manezhka," calls for people to demonstrate outside the Kremlin on Tuesday. The clip features group members Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova cleaning Moscow's Manezh Square in preparation for the protests. “This is above all a propaganda video,” Tolokonnikova told BuzzFeed News.

Maria Baronova, an opposition activist, and Elena Kostyuchenko, a journalist and LGBT activist, join the band for the song, which repeats the same four words over in Russian: "Clean. Honest. Word. Deed."


Watch Neil Patrick Harris’ First Oscars Promo

Neil Patrick Harris has a last-minute gift idea for you: Tell your family to watch him host the Oscars. ABC released the first promo for the 2015 Oscars on Christmas Day, and though that's a pretty lame present -- sorry, NPH -- the ceremony will mark Harris' first time as host. When the gig was confirmed back in October, Harris said that hosting the show "is a bucket list dream come true." The Oscars air on ABC on Feb. 22, 2015.


Watch Tom Hiddleston Sing A Christmas Carol With A Dog

Tom Hiddleston has spent months getting into character as Hank Williams for his forthcoming film, "I Saw The Light." Lucky for us, some of that prep included rehearsing in a studio with Rodney Crowell and a dog. During some down time, Hiddleston knew what the world needed right now -- happiness! so much happiness! -- and he delivered with a little Christmas carol. Sigh.