Sam Smith gives credit to Tom Petty in 'amicable agreement' over Stay With Me royalties

January 26, 2015 9:12 PM

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Sam Smith gives credit to Tom Petty in 'amicable agreement' over Stay With Me royalties

British soul singer Sam Smith and American folk rocker Tom Petty have settled a copyright dispute that centres on the similarities between Smith's 2014 track Stay With Me, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' 1989 hit I Won't Back Down.

Despite being written decades apart, the songs' choruses sound strangely alike —so much so, that publishers for I Won't Back Down (written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne) contacted the publishers of Stay With Me (written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips) to set the matter straight.

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