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Last Update on January 27, 2015 08:07 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Sam Smith's representatives confirm he's now given songwriting credit for his song "Stay With Me" to Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Smith's reps tell Rolling Stone the publishers of Petty's song "I Won't Back Down" contacted Smith's publishers to point out the common elements with "Stay With Me." Smith and his co-writers were not familiar with "I Won't Back Down" but they acknowledged they sounded similar. Smith's reps say it's "a complete coincidence" but they came to "an immediate and amicable agreement."


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Excerpt of Sam Smith

Excerpt of Sam Smith performing "Stay With Me."

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Excerpt of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Excerpt of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing "I Won't Back Down."


NEW YORK (AP) -- Guitarist Tom DeLonge is no longer in Blink-182. Rolling Stone reports DeLonge has left the band "indefinitely," according bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker. Hoppus and Barker say they were set to play a festival and record a new album, but DeLonge "kept putting it off without reason." They say they got an email from DeLonge's manager a week before they were due to hit the studio that said DeLonge didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects because he wants to focus on other nonmusical endeavors. Hoppus and Barker say, "No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans." They recruited Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio to play with them for the Musink Festival in Orange County, California, in March. DeLonge has not commented on the split.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast is forcing several concert cancellations in New York. Marilyn Manson postponed last night's show until Thursday. Ne-Yo's show tonight has been postponed indefinitely. The Backstreet Boys were supposed to do promotional events for their "Show 'Em What You're Made Of" documentary in New York but say they are unable to travel there. Steve Earle postponed last night's concert to a date to be named. Motion City Soundtrack have moved tonight's show to tomorrow. Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake are being extra sure: they're postponing tonight's show to June.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips is taking on the show's parent companies in a case that could have huge implications. The Hollywood Reporter reports Phillips filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner, saying "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliates are in violation of the Talent Agencies Act. That's a California law that says only licensed talent agents can find employment for clients. Phillips says 19 has manipulated him into taking gigs that are beneficial to the company rather than him, such as a show promoting JetBlue in 2013 where he wasn't paid. Phillips also says he didn't know the name of his "Behind the Light" album until 19 announced it publicly. A 19 spokesperson says the company has always worked in Phillips' best interests and will defend itself vigorously. If successful, Phillips' case could pave the way for other reality show competitors getting out of contracts they feel are oppressive.


LONDON (AP) -- Meghan Trainor didn't know what to expect when Harry Styles of One Direction wanted to write a song with her because she knew One Direction didn't write their own music. She says she was so impressed, she asked Styles who could have hurt him like that. The song is called "Someday Maybe" and Trainor says it's about breaking up with someone and seeing that person with someone else, but thinking maybe there's a chance of getting back together when you're both 50. Trainor says it's a duet and she's got to find the right people to sing it.


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Meghan Trainor, singer-songwriter

Meghan Trainor says she was skeptical when Harry Styles of One Direction wanted to write a song with her.

<<CUT ..010 (01/27/15)>> 00:11 "back together, hopefully"

Meghan Trainor, singer-songwriter

Meghan Trainor says she loves the song she wrote with Harry Styles of One Direction.

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Meghan Trainor, singer-songwriter

Meghan Trainor says she wrote part of the song before she ever met Harry Styles of One Direction. ((note length of cut))

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Meghan Trainor, singer-songwriter

Meghan Trainor says she doesn't know when the song she wrote with Harry Styles of One Direction will see the light of day.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dropkick Murphys are not mincing any words in asking Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to stop playing one of their songs. The band tweets to Walker, "Please stop using our music in any way...we literally hate you!" Walker's entrance music Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit was the Dropkick Murphys song "I'm Shipping Up To Boston." The band is a big supporter of union rights, while Walker worked to end collective bargaining for public workers in Wisconsin. Walker's spokesman had no immediate comment. John Mellencamp also took issue with Walker using his music, but Walker continued to play Mellencamp's songs anyway.


DETROIT (AP) -- A company that specializes in house restoration is suing Anita Baker for unpaid work. Court records show MGM Restoration says Baker owes the company at least $39,000 for work done after a flooding issue at her home outside Detroit. MGM says Baker only paid $7,000. Baker's representative could not be reached for comment. It's the latest in a string of legal headaches for her. A painting and decorating firm sued Baker in 2011, claiming she owed $15,000 for work done on her home. Baker countersued last April, saying the company was trying to embarrass her. Baker's lawyer then sued her himself, claiming she owed nearly $69,000 for a year's worth of work.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Carrie Underwood has recorded a Super Bowl version of her "Sunday Night Football" song. Underwood's performance of "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" will be changed to "Waiting All Day For A Super Bowl Fight." It will include lyrics mentioning the Patriots and the Seahawks. The Super Bowl is Sunday.


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- The director of a documentary about Kurt Cobain says it's important for the public to stop making Cobain out to be a god. Brett Morgan says for the past 25 years, Cobain has "represented heroin chic." He says his film, "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" is "brutal and it's ugly and it's dark and you don't want to look at it," but he felt it represented reality. The film tells Cobain's story through home videos, Cobain's writings and drawings, archived interviews and animation. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday and will air on HBO in May.


NASHVILLE (AP) -- Peter Frampton and Gibson Guitars are copying one of Frampton's beat-up old guitars. It's a Les Paul Frampton nicknamed "The Phoenix." Frampton thought it was destroyed in a plane crash in 1980 but it was later found in the possession of a musician in the Caribbean who didn't know it was Frampton's. It wasn't just any guitar, but Frampton's absolute favorite, and the one he played on "Frampton Comes Alive." Frampton writes on his Facebook page Gibson is doing a limited run of replicas of The Phoenix, down to the burn marks from the crash.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Melissa Rivers says no family should have to go through what she, her son -- and her mom -- went through.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve policymakers will have a batch of fresh data to consider as they begin a two-day meeting to look at interest rates.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was an accident -- but the invasion of a two-foot-long drone onto the White House grounds is raising new concerns about the president's safety.

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