Sam Smith credits Petty for hit ‘Stay With Me’

January 26, 2015 9:56 PM

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NEW YORK: Sam Smith has agreed to credit Tom Petty as an author of Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" after acknowledging similarities -- which he insists are coincidental -- to "I Won't Back Down."

Representatives for Smith -- whose soulful ballad about a one-night stand has sent the British singer's career soaring since its release in April -- said that they had been contacted by Petty's side over resemblances to his 1989 song.

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