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Sam Smith Will Pay Tom Petty Royalties for "Stay With Me"

26 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Tom Petty is going to have one more song staying with him for quite some time, as he will now officially be receiving royalties from Sam Smith's megahit, "Stay With Me." A rep for Smith confirms to E! News that Petty's "I Won't Back Down" and the British singer's "Stay With Me" have similar sounds, so similar in fact that Petty and Jeff Lynne will be listed as co-writers of the hit; however, the rep insists that the similarities are completely coincidental and unintentional. "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 »

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Sam Smith Will Now Pay Tom Petty Royalties Over 'Stay With Me'

26 January 2015 10:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Tom Petty's a popular guy with the younger crowd of musicians. A few years ago, there was a lot of hubbub over the similarities between the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Dani California" and Petty's "Last Dance with Mary Jane," and this week, Petty's in the news again, this time because Sam Smith inadvertently aped Petty's 1989 single "I Won't Back Down" with last year's hit "Stay With Me." But things have come to an polite end: Petty and Elo's Jeff Lynne, who co-wrote "I Won't Back Down," are now listed as co-writers of "Stay With Me" and will receive royalties going forward. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Sam Smith Will Now Pay Tom Petty Royalties Over 'Stay With Me'

26 January 2015 10:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Tom Petty's a popular guy with the younger crowd of musicians. A few years ago, there was a lot of hubbub over the similarities between the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Dani California" and Petty's "Last Dance with Mary Jane," and this week, Petty's in the news again, this time because Sam Smith inadvertently aped Petty's 1989 single "I Won't Back Down" with last year's hit "Stay With Me." But things have come to an polite end: Petty and Elo's Jeff Lynne, who co-wrote "I Won't Back Down," are now listed as co-writers of "Stay With Me" and will receive royalties going forward. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Sam Smith Has to Pay Royalties to Tom Petty for ‘Stay With Me’

26 January 2015 6:21 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Remember when you thought that Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" sounded an awful lot like Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down"? Well, you're not alone. According to The Sun, the two parties settled out of court* this past October that the two songs are so much alike that Smith will start paying Petty (and fellow songwriter Jeff Lynne) royalties on the track — specifically, a 12.5 percent credit. A source told NME it was a pretty quick resolution: "When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks. After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged. »

- Lindsey Weber

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