Tom Petty Awarded Partial Rights And Royalties For Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015

  • Posted by: Aimee Curran

It's not uncommon to hear about beef within the music industry of one artist ripping off another, sampling without permission, or recycling a concept that's already seen its day.

In the case of Sam Smith, his 2014 smash hit, "Stay With Me" has an eerily similar chorus to Tom Petty's, "I Won't Back Down, which has been pointed out by fans time and time again. Of course when this first came to light, the Petty camp took this similarity to "the man" and it has been officially certified that Petty and songwriting partner, Jeff Lynne are responsible for 12.5% of the song.

The case was quietly settled out of court last October, hence why there was no mention of it until now, but in a statement sent to Fader, the Smith camp explains it away calling all of it a "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. 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. 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."

12.5% or not, take both songs for a spin below and let us know what you think of the Petty claim.



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