MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Death Cab for Cutie’s new song “Black Sun,” Gibson to sell Peter Frampton “Phoenix” guitar, and Sam Smith credits Tom Petty on hit song

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Death Cab for Cutie have released their new song “Black Sun.” Listen.

“Black Sun” is the first single off Death Cab’s new album “Kintsugi”-their 8th studio album, which comes out March 31st.  Read more here.

British crooner Sam Smith has sold over 4 million copies of his smash single “Stay with Me” but now he’s admitting that there are similarities between his song and Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”  The songwriting royalties settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Tom Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne.   “Stay With Me” now lists Sam Smith, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.   Smith’s reps say that while there are undeniable “similarities” between the two singles, it was a “complete coincidence.”

More here.

Listen for yourself to see if the two songs are similar.

Stay with Me- Sam Smith

I Won’t Back Down- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Peter Frampton and Gibson Guitars are copying one of Frampton’s beat-up old guitars. It’s a Les Paul Frampton nicknamed “The Phoenix.”

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Frampton thought the guitar 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.

Peter Frampton – Do You Feel Like We Do?

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