Sam Smith Adds Tom Petty to Songwriting Credits on Hit 'Stay With Me'

January 26, 2015 6:05 PM

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Tom Petty and his collaborator Jeff Lynne may be raking in a few more -- highly debated, as the U.S. Dept. of Justice Copyright Royalty Board this year is considering amending royalty rates for songwriters -- dollars from a new songwriting credit on Sam Smith's hit "Stay With Me." The addition of Thomas Earl Petty and Jeff Lynne's names to the song's credits is the result of Petty's team noticing similarities between "Stay With Me" and "I Won't Back Down" and reaching out to Smith's representatives.

Unlike some other recent cases of supposed compositional purloining, this one ended quite... peacefully.

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