Tom Petty given songwriting royalties for Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

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LOS ANGELES, Ca - If you thought Sam Smith's hit single "Stay with Me" sounded familiar, you're not alone. So did rocker Tom Petty, who thinks it sounds too much like his 1989 song "Won't Back Down."

Now, there's news the two have reached an "out of court settlement" over the song's similarities.  Petty and his co-writer will share a 12.5%  "writing credit" on the song.

No word on just how much money that totals, but what  Smith's 'Stay with Me' has sold nearly four million copies worldwide. It's also up for "Best Pop Performance" and "Record of the Year" at the Grammy Awards, no doubt music to Smith's ears.

Petty move or not, one thing's for sure, Tom stuck to his lyrics on this one and didn't back down.

 

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