Josh ShinnerIn a peaceful resolution to a copyright dispute, Sam Smith is sharing the songwriting credits on his Grammy-nominated song “Stay with Me” with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. While Sam and his team acknowledged the similarities between “Stay with Me” and Petty’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down,” they says any likeness was 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," Sam’s rep told Rolling Stone Monday. "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 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.”
Tom Petty's reps haven't yet commented. It’s unclear if he or Lynne will receive royalties from the song.
RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson now has an official release date for her eagerly-awaited new album, Piece by Piece. The follow-up to Kelly's 2011 disc, Stronger, will arrive March 3.
While you're waiting, you can watch the new lyric video for Kelly's single, "Heartbeat Song," which is out now. The video reveals the words to the anthemic single against a backdrop of pulsating colors and lines on a heartbeat monitor.
In the chorus, Kelly sings, “This is my heartbeat song and I’m gonna play it/Been so long I forgot how to turn it/Up, up, up, up all night long/Oh up, up all night long."
Credit: Pamela LittkyThe guys in Fall Out Boy aren't exactly jock types, so the fact that their latest hit, "Centuries," has been adopted as a huge sports anthem has been a pretty unexpected development, to say the least. The song was ESPN's theme for its coverage of the college football playoffs, and it's also been used by the WWE, in addition to getting lots of play at various stadiums around the country.
"I’m personally very surprised by the way it’s been received in the sports community," Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump tells ABC News Radio. "I don’t know enough about sports to write a song for it!"
Patrick says he's also surprised at how the song seems to take on a whole new meaning when it's played to accompany sporting events.
"It’s been pretty amazing to see, " he tells ABC News Radio. "There’s a weird feeling when you hear the song in a stadium. When I sang the anthem at Soldier Field and then they play it, it sounds completely different. It feels completely different than my understanding of it from playing it on stage."
"I don’t know, it’s cool. It adds another layer of appreciation to it," he says, laughing, "Yeah, you couldn’t plan it that way!"
In fact, Patrick says if he'd attempted to write a song just for use at sporting events -- or for any other use, really -- he would have failed.
"I feel like any time you try and write for a specific purpose, those are the songs that fall flat, you know," he explains.
By design or not, "Centuries" has turned out to fit the sports theme so perfectly that it's actually gotten Fall Out Boy booked to perform at a number of high-profile sports-themed events. On Sunday, they played during the NHL All-Star game, and they'll also play the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops concert, ahead of Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Arizona.
"Centuries" appears on Fall Out Boy's new album American Beauty/American Psycho, which is on target to debut at #1 this week.
Ryan McGinleyIf you’re planning on ordering large amounts of takeout food during the Super Bowl this year, the USDA has a message for you -- with the help of some Katy Perry lyrics.
In a blog post titled “'Hot N Cold': A Katy Perry Guide for Food Safe Take-Out,” the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service uses the halftime show performer’s hit songs to help people avoid food poisoning on game day.
"When you hear your guests' stomachs 'ROAR,' it's time to order take-out," the post reads, referring to Katy’s hit song “Roar.” "Avoid having your guests calling the doctor for food poisoning by following these quick tips for food-safe take-out."
The USDA then uses the lyrics to “Hot N Cold” to remind consumers how to handle both hot and cold delivery orders. Hot foods, such as chicken wings and pizza, need to stay at an internal temperature at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or above. While cold foods, like veggies and ranch dressing, need to be kept at or below an internal temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Katy will take the stage during Super Bowl 49’s halftime show on February 1 airing on CBS.
Cliff Lipson/CBSNow that there's a possibility that Adele's long-awaited new album may be pushed to next year, the same may be true for her tour, but she is planning one, according to a new report.
The British paper the Mirrorsays that the Grammy-winner will kick off her first full world tour in 2016, after she releases her album, and she's already arranging to have someone look after her son Angelo so she can be free to do it. She'll travel with not one but two nannies, according to the paper.
"Adele took time off to be a mum and she loves it – but now Angelo is a bit older, she’s ready to get back out there. This will be a proper world tour, to all corners of the globe," an insider told the paper. "But it's important Angelo goes everywhere with her, so her priority was to have a nanny situation where he could do that. She is satisfied that is the case so is putting plans in place."
Adele has previously toured the U.S. and Europe, but this world tour will also include Australia and Asia, the paper claims. In 2011, she was forced to cancel her remaining dates of her North American tour because she had to undergo surgery on her vocal cords.
The singer is believed to be recording her new album in L.A., though there are also reports that she's recording the theme for the new James Bond film, Spectre, as well.
Credit: Alex LakeMost artists would do anything to have a top five, Grammy-nominated hit, not to mention critical acclaim, but Irish singer Hozier says that his ascent to the top, courtesy of his smash hit "Take Me to Church," has been very difficult to deal with.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the singer, whose birth name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says all his recent success has been "incredibly stressful," adding, "I was not ready for it. Straight up, I had never been on TV, not really, and then one of my first times, I'm doing the David Letterman show and I'm freaking [awful]."
While Hozier says he can handle the fame a bit better now, it still freaks him out a little. "It's as surreal as you think it would be," he says. "It's the difference of a few months and then boom, you're sitting on a couch with Meryl Streep and James McAvoy."
Next month, Hozier is up for a Grammy for Song of the Year, for "Take Me to Church," and his competition includes hits by the likes of Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Sia. But he says even if he does win, truly, just being nominated is reward enough. "It's like, 'Whoa! They can't take that back,'" he laughs. "Grammy-nominated artist forever, regardless of what happens."
Hozier will kick off a North American tour February 6, two days before the Grammys, and he says he plans to "tour better" in 2015 than he did in 2014. What does that mean? Well, it partly involves not eating so much junk food on the road.
"It's usually horrendous," he tells EW. "Either pizza or a burger from a truck stop. But this year, we'll be decking the bus out with hummus."
ABC/Matt BrownLadyGaga's busy life didn't keep her from getting wild with her old high school friends at a bachelorette party this past weekend.
The girl bash began Friday when Gaga posted an Instagram photo of herself dressed to the nines, along with the caption, "GIRLS NIGHT GET THE WINE!! BACHELORETTE WEEKEND MY BESTIES GETTIN HITCHED."
The next day, Gaga and her girlfriends from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in New York took a pole dancing class. In a video posted to her Instagram page, Gaga's seen showing off some moves, while wearing just a black sports bra and shorts. "Bachelorette weekend hungover pole dancing class! Somebody get that Popstar a hairbrush!" she writes.
A second clip, captioned, "I can't even believe my best friend and I thought this would be a good idea at 10:45 in the morning after a night none of us can remember," shows more of the group in action.
Afterwards, Gaga posed with the girls for a group shot. "Ari's Bachelorette Weekend! We love our girl so much we will be getting her drunk for the next 48 hrs. #catholicschoolgirlsdoitbest," she captioned the shot.
ABC/Donna Svennevik; ABC/Fred LeeSelenaGomez and her rumored boyfriend, music producer and DJ, Zedd, were spotted last week dining together in Atlanta with a group of friends that included Zac Efron, a source tells People magazine.
The group, which also included some of Gomez' backup dancers, partied late into the night at her favorite steakhouse, STK. Efron was accompanied by a blonde woman, who may have been his girlfriend, model Sami Miró, according the insider.
The source also tells the magazine that Gomez, 22, and Zedd, 25, looked "pretty close."
"Selena and Zedd were definitely cozy and cuddling," according to the eyewitness, who adds, "They were sitting next to each other in the booth and they walked out together."
The two first sparked dating rumors when they were photographed leaving a Golden Globes party together a couple of weeks ago.
Gomez and Efron are both shooting movies in Atlanta. Gomez is filming The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving while Zac is working on Dirty Grandpa.
Image Group LA/ABCWho'll be taking home the gold on Grammy Night, February 8? According to Entertainment Weekly,Sam Smith has three of the top four categories all locked up.
EW predicts that Sam, who's up for six Grammys in all this year, will win Album of the Year for his debut, In the Lonely Hour, and will also take home the trophy for Best New Artist. In addition, the mag says Sam will win Record of the Year for "Stay with Me." The only top category he'll miss out on, the magazine claims, is Song of the Year, which Taylor Swift will win for "Shake It Off."
The magazine also predicts that one category Sam will lose is Best Pop Vocal Album, which will go, it says, to Katy Perry's PRISM.
Now, those are the magazine's predictions for who will win. As for who should win, that's a different story. EW says Beyonce deserves to take home Album of the Year for her self-titled "surprise" album; Sia should win Record of the Year for "Chandelier," and Hozier should win Song of the Year for "Take Me to Church."
EW also polled three industry professionals anonymously -- a top songwriter, a hitmaking producer and an artist -- to ask who they're voting for this year. None of them agree across the board in any of the top four categories, though all three admit that they're voting for Sam Smith at least once, in at least one of the top categories.
Images Courtesy of Crush Management; Josh GolemanThe NHL is hoping that you'll remember the league's all-star festivities for "centuries." That must be why they recruited Fall Out Boy to play during the first intermission of this Sunday's NHL All-Star game.
"Centuries," the anthemic hit single from FOB's new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, has become a sports anthem, thanks in part to ESPN using the track as the soundtrack to their coverage of the college football playoffs. In addition to the NHL All-Star game, FOB will play the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops ahead of Super Bowl 49, happening February 1 in Glendale, Arizona.
O.A.R. will also play the NHL All-Star game -- the band will take the icy stage during the game's second intermission. As the game will take place in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the performance will be a hometown show for O.A.R., as the band was formed during while the members were students at Ohio State University.
The NHL All-Star Game will take place January 25 and will air at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Kanye West and Paul McCartney teamed up to release a new single called "Only One." It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists. Now, a new collaboration has been released -- with Rihanna added to the mix.
The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called "FourFiveSeconds," and you can hear it at Rihanna's official website and via iTunes now.
Rihanna described the song on Twitter as "FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC!" The singer hasn't released a new album since 2012'S Unapologetic, but has been teasing the imminent release of new music for quite some time now.
"Now I'm four, five seconds from wildin'/And we got three more days 'til Friday," Rihanna sings. "I'm just tryna make it back home by Monday, mornin'/I swear I wish somebody would try me/ Ooh, that's all I want/And I know that you're home tonight, thinkin' how could I be so selfish/but you called 'bout a thousand times wondering where I've been."
Kanye also sings on the track; we assume that McCartney is the one playing acoustic guitar.
No word on when Rihanna's new album will actually be released.
ABC/Lou RoccoLast year, Taylor Swift made headlines by tellingLucky magazine that she prefers high-waisted bathing suits and trousers because, quote, "I don’t like showing my belly button...I want that to be a mystery." Well, now the mystery has been revealed, and people can't stop talking about it.
Taylor is in Hawaii with the three sisters from the Grammy-nominated band HAIM, and on her Instagram, she posted a photo captioned, "Greetings from Maui," which showed all four women posing in bathing suits. Notably, Taylor was wearing a somewhat skimpy bikini that clearly showed her belly button -- it's an "innie," by the way. Predictably, fans went crazy, reposting the photo and commenting on Taylor's big reveal.
"That moment when you die bc of taylor swift's belly button," tweeted one fan. Another tweeted, "omg @taylorswift13 finally revealed her belly button #nomoremystery."
Perhaps in reaction to the commotion, Taylor later posted a photo of herself wearing one of her usual retro-style one-piece suits. She captioned the photo, "She's always wearing, like, a 1950's bathing suit." That's a reference to the Saturday Night Live parody ad from last year, "Swiftamine," about a medication for adults who get dizzy and disoriented when they realize they like Taylor Swift's music.
In the parody, a doctor is shown explaining, "Taylor Swift onset vertigo occurs when one of her songs forces your brain to fight your ears. Your frontal lobe says, 'Oof. Taylor Swift. She's always wearing, like, a 1950's-style bathing suit.' But your ears say, 'Shut up. This is a perfect song.'"
Taylor later said in an interview that she loved that line the best.
It's worth noting that Taylor has shown her belly button before. In 2012, she was photographed emerging from the ocean in a black-and-white bikini, and her belly button was on display for all to see. That's why it was odd that she told Lucky in November, "As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button."
While in Hawaii, Taylor did other things besides showing her belly button, by the way: she went whale watching and hiking as well.
While there will be plenty of money changing hands over whether the Patriots or the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl February 1, there are also a lot of crazy bets going on on the side that have nothing to do with the actual game. These are called "proposition," or "prop" bets, and some of the more amusing ones have to do with your Super Bowl musical performers: halftime headliner Katy Perry and national anthem singer Idina Menzel.
At the website MyTopSportsBooks.com, you can bet on everything from what color hair Katy will have during her performance, to whether or not Idina's name will be mispronounced when they introduced her. As long as it's not John Travolta doing the announcing, she should be safe: the odds on that are only 33/1.
Here's a list of the prop bets currently being offered around Katy and Idina's performances:
Odds on a halftime show wardrobe malfunction: 22/1
Over/Under on number of Katy Perry wardrobe changes: 2.5
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift, Lorde, Demi Lovato and Beyonce are among the finalists for this year’s 7th Annual Shorty Awards, which honor the best social media content on the web.
A nominating board of journalists chose three finalists for each category, and fans have a chance to vote for four additional finalists via Twitter. Taylor, Demi and Beyonce are the board’s top picks in the Singer category, while Lorde and Calum Hood of 5 Seconds of Summer are featured in the Musician category.
In the Band category, One Direction and Bastille made it to the finals. They’re joined in the category by HAIM, the Grammy-nominated sister group who is friendly with Taylor Swift.
When the Shortys began in 2008, only Twitter users were recognized, but the awards have since expanded to include other social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Vine, YouTube and Tumblr. Nominees span categories from Music to TV to Fashion to Art.
Twitter users can nominate their picks for finalists until February 19. Winners are selected by members of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences, which includes Apple co-founder Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, actor Adam Scott, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, TV host Nick Cannon and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
Last year’s winners included Fifth Harmony in the Band category and Questlove in both the Singer and Music categories. The 7th Annual Shorty Awards ceremony will be held in April in New York City, and will be live streamed internationally.
ABC/Rick Powell)Not long ago, a photo popped up online of Lady Gaga in the studio with hitmaking songwriter Diane Warren, who's created smashes for Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Aerosmith and many more artists. Now we know what the two were doing together: recording a song for a new documentary that's premiering Friday at the Sundance Festival.
"Recorded a song w/ amazing @Diane_Warren for very important doc #TheHuntingGround that premieres at Sundance today! Congrats 2 all involved!" Gaga tweeted on Friday, adding, "The film documents the lives of young people affected by rape. Our song is called 'Till It Happens To You.'"
The Sundance Festival website describes The Hunting Ground as a "piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate." What's revealed, say the filmmakers, is a "system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity." The film also focuses on undergraduate rape survivors who are fighting back.
Diane Warren is also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song for "Grateful," a song she wrote for the movie Beyond the Lights which is performed by Rita Ora. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga is up for a Grammy for her album with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek.
Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show performance is top secret, but fashion designer Jeremy Scott is dropping some hints about the singer’s onstage wardrobe.
The designer spoke with Access Hollywood Thursday about what viewers can expect from Katy’s costumes. "The unexpected, lots of excitement, lots of outfit changes, which is very difficult to do with basically this kind of set-up," he said.
And, of course, he added the costumes will involve plenty of color. Jeremy, who’s been working with Katy for a long time, said he thinks people will be surprised by her performance and that it would be an “iconic” moment for her.
Hopefully it won’t be memorable for any kind of Janet Jackson-style wardrobe malfunctions. Jeremy assured that will not be happening. “We’re making sure everything fits to a T,” he said.
RCA Records; Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsCharli XCX’s “Boom Clap” was a hit, but apparently not everyone thought it would be. In an interview with V Magazine, on stands now, the 22-year-old British pop star reiterated her claims that Hilary Duff’s team passed on the song because they didn’t think it was “cool” enough.
“We sent the song to her people and I don’t think she ever heard it,” Charli told the mag. “But they were like, ‘This song isn’t cool enough for Hilary.’ And we were really sad about that! So I was like, F**k it. I’m going to sing it.”
She said that when Hilary finally heard the song, she reached out via Twitter. “Hilary Duff heard it and she tweeted me, ‘Hey, I really like your song! I wish I’d known that I could’ve had it,’” Charli said, with a laugh. “And I was like, 'Too late, Hilary. Too late.’”
Charli first spoke out about the Hilary rejection last year, and at that point, Hilary was completely clueless about it. This past October, she spoke to ABC News Radio and addressed Charli’s claims.
“I don’t even know what that all was,” she said. “I mean, I know we tried to set up a session once in New York, but I had to fly home…but sessions get canceled all the time. And then she all of a sudden was like, ‘Oh she could’ve had “Boom Clap”’ or ‘I would have given it her.’ But I don’t know, I was kind of confused by the whole thing.”
Hilary also added that there are no hard feelings: she thinks Charli is awesome and loves her music.
Francesca FoleyIn a newly unveiled clip from the upcoming Backstreet Boys documentary, the group members discuss how they evolved from industry puppets into artists who make their own decisions.
“The producer would make it sound magical and the record executives would pick the singles," Brian Littrell says of the group's early albums, in the clip which is streaming on Billboard's website. "There was no decision making."
But now that they're adults, he says, the group's music-making process is much more autonomous. “When we were kids it was different: we were told what to do, told what to say," he says. "And now it's like, 'You know what? I do have a voice. I want to think for myself. I want to make music for me. I want to make music for our fans, I want to make everybody happy.'"
Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of follows the band during the making of their 2013 record In a World Like This, during rehearsals and while out on tour. The year 2013 also marked the band’s 20th anniversary. The documentary hits theaters on January 30.
InterscopeMany were left scratching their heads when news broke that boxing legend Mike Tyson would be featured on a song on Madonna's upcoming album, Rebel Heart. Now the nature of his contribution to the track “Iconic” has been revealed.
"Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go," Mike tells Rolling Stone. "I didn't know what the hell I was going there for. I'm just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna. She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn't know if she wanted me to talk or rap. I just go in there and start talking. I'm talking about my life and things that I have endured. I'm saying some really crazy stuff. It was really intense."
He said he ad-libbed his part of the song in one take and was inspired by an unlikely source: Italian fascist Benito Mussolini.
"When I did it, I think about being some guy like Mussolini and they're really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting," he explained. "You watch Mussolini on television -- even though we don't understand what he's saying -- he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way."
Though he hasn't heard the finished song yet, he's pretty confident that he nailed his part. "Doing the song with Madonna makes me think this [music career] could really happen," Mike said. "Most guys that come in there drink a bunch of liquor or smoke 100 blunts. I just went in and boom, one take. Everyone thought it was cool."
"Iconic" marks the first time Mike and Madonna have collaborated, but the two go way back. Mike first met Madonna in 1988, during a double-date with his then-wife Robin Givens and Madonna's then-husband Sean Penn.
We'll get to hear Mike's part in "Iconic," which also features Chance the Rapper, when Rebel Heart is released on March 9. Unless, of course, it leaks before then.
Tyler Golden/NBCMeghan Trainor may have written a song with One Direction’s Harry Styles, but it turns out he isn’t her favorite member of the boy band.
When pressed by the U.K.’s Capital FM to admit who she’d like to go on a date with for Valentine’s Day, Meghan revealed she has a secret crush on Niall Horan.
"Oh let's get the fancy boys! One Direction, give me the blonde one!" Meghan said. "He's a gentleman.” She added that she encountered him once in person, and was got swept off her feet by his Irish charm.
She also dished on her tune with Harry, calling it a “cute ukulele song with two vocalists, a male and a female.” She said it’s about a person seeing their ex with someone new, but remaining hopeful that they might get back together some day.