Sam Smith to pay Tom Petty in songwriting dispute over “Stay With Me”

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Tom Petty didn’t back down – wins songwriting dispute, and will receive songwriting royalties for Sam Smith’s hit song “Stay With Me.” Sam Smith settled copyright dispute with Tom Petty over similarities between Smith’s  huge “Stay With Me,” and Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Petty co-wrote the song with Jeff Lynne.

The breakthrough British singer is nominated for six Grammy Awards, including song of the year “Stay With Me,” Smith’s debut song, has sold more than 3.5 million tracks and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100.



“Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of ‘Stay With Me’ along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.”

The coincidence……


Take a listen to the two songs……I knew I heard “Stay By Me” before, Smith’s tempo is just a bit slower- but def similar sounds…

3 thoughts on “Sam Smith to pay Tom Petty in songwriting dispute over “Stay With Me”

  1. Yeah, the two songs do sound similar around the choruses, but since it is a coincidence, I don’t see why Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne should receive song writing credit. I could see it if Sam Smith, James Napier, & William Phillips purposely copied I Won’t Back Down, but they said it was a complete coincidence, so, I see no reason for them to receive song writing credit, jus’ my opinion. PEACE!!!

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