Sam Smith gives credit to Tom Petty in 'amicable agreement' over Stay With Me royalties
Copyright dispute centred on Smith's Stay With Me and its similarity to Petty's I Won't Back Down
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.
After a close listening, Smith, Napier and Phillips "acknowledged the similarity," a representative for Smith told Rolling Stone magazine.
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It's not clear how much Petty and Lynne will make as co-writers of the hit, or whether the pair will be paid retroactively.
Smith's gospel inspired ballad was one of the biggest songs of 2014 and its one of the 22-year-old hit maker's most successful singles to date.