Sam Smith SLAPPED With Second Stay with Me Lawsuit!!!
Once again UK crooner, Sam Smith is heading back to court after Sam Smith SLAPPED With Second Stay with Me Lawsuit via some random man who is claiming Smith stole the song.
How does the saying go…”We’ve heard this all before”?
Anyways, CelebNMusic247.com has just got word via TMZ that a random guy claims Sam Smith stole his hit song “Stay with Me” right out from under him, but if you use the guy’s logic, he ripped off The Supremes.
Mark Halper claims in a new lawsuit … he cut a demo in 1986 of a song called “Don’t Throw Our Love Away.” He says it begins with the “phraseology and significant phrase, ‘stay with me.'”
Ergo … Halper believes Sam Smith — who uses the phrase “stay with me” 8 times in his hit — has ripped him off.
So how’s this for a little music history. In 1964, The Supremes recorded their massive hit, “Baby Love.” In the song, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard repeatedly sing, “don’t throw our love away.” Therefore, The Supremes own Mark Halper.
As for Halper’s lawsuit, he’s not going after Smith. He’s suing several record labels. Among the things he wants … a recommendation to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to acknowledge him with a Grammy.
This marks the second lawsuit for Sam Smith who has taken music by the balls with his breakout hit “Stay With Me” which dropped in April 2014.
Back in October, Smith and actually settled out of court back in October, but details only emerged just this weekend. The settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne (of ELO). The song’s credit on ASCAP — that’s the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers — now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.
It was said that Smith single “Stay With Me” distinctly resemblance to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1989 classic “I Won’t Back Down”.
As it turns out, Petty’s lawyers also took notice, and the UK crooner has since agreed to pay songwriting royalties.
According to The Sun, Smith and Petty actually settled out of court back in October, but details only emerged just this weekend. The settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne (of ELO). The song’s credit on ASCAP — that’s the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers — now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.
A rep for Smith confirms that Petty and Lynne are now listed as co-writers for “Stay With Me” and “acknowledges” its similarities to “I Won’t Back Down”. However, the rep contends that it’s all a “complete coincidence.”
We wonder if Sam Smith is going to have any money left after he’s done paying out everyone for his hit single. It kind of reminds us of Sean “Lord Tariq” Hamilton and Peter “Peter Gunz” Pankey went broke after they were sued for their platinum hit “Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby).”
sample of Steely Dan’s “Black Cow.” Tariq and Gunz sampled “Black Cow” without first obtaining Steely Dan’s permission. Therefore, Steely Dan took legal action and was awarded a six figure settlement. Not only were Tariq and Gunz required to pay a settlement but, Steely Dan took all of their publishing rights and 90% royalties for the song. Even someone ill-equipped with a calculator could see how this equation would leave an artist in the red.
Copywright infringement is common in the music world, but lately it seems that artists are taking more liberties trying to push the envelope and limits of the standard laws in the music industry.
Most recently, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lost the pants after the Gaye kids sued them over their hit single “Blurred Lines.” Since then Marvin Gaye’s Estate has fired another lawsuit against Pharrell and T.I..