Mark Halper emerged with hefty claims that the soulful star's use of the phrase "stay with me" was ripped off from his own 1986 tune "Don't Throw Our Love Away." Sam Smith sings the phrase eight times in his hit, and Halper believes he deserves the credit.
Halper will not be going after Sam Smith directly, but the record labels who allowed the alleged imitation. Among recognition for having written the triple-worded lyric, Halper is asking the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a Grammy highlighting his "contribution" to the ballad.
Also read: Harry Styles' New Direction