Sam Smith will now be paying Tom Petty royalties on his hit song "Stay with Me," along with adding Tom Petty and his collaborator, Jeff Lynne to the song credits.

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Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," and Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" - if you ever play the songs next to each other, the similarities are obvious. Representatives for Sam Smith told Billboard...

"Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity. 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 situation was actually resolved quite peacefully, with both parties being able to come to an agreement. Listen to both songs below, and hear the similarity for yourself.



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