He won’t back down: Sam Smith shares royalties with Tom Petty for ‘similarities’ of ‘Stay With Me’ to Heartbreakers’ song

January 26, 2015 9:56 PM

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He won’t back down: Sam Smith shares royalties with Tom Petty for ‘similarities’ of ‘Stay With Me’ to Heartbreakers’ song

Three-time Grammy nominee Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” was an instant hit upon its release last April. But Smith will now share the bounty from the hit with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne — the two will receive songwriting royalties for “similarities” between his song and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “I Won’t Back Down” from 1989.

The Sun in the U.K. reported the royalties were settled out of court last fall, but the details were not made public until this weekend. In a statement to Rolling Stone, Smith’s reps confirmed that “Stay With Me” is now co-credited to Petty and the song’s co-writer, Lynne of The Electric Light Orche...

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