Sam Smith to Pay Tom Petty Royalties for ‘Stay With Me’ After a Copyright Dispute
Specifically because the single was found to be very similar to the Tom Petty song “I Won’t Back Down” co-written with ELO’s Jeff Lynne.
A rep for Smith revealed in a statement that the song is now co-credited to both Petty and Lynne.
They would go on to add that while there are “similarities” found in the melodies of the songs, they were a “complete coincidence.”
“Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement.”
You can listen to both coincidentally similar songs above.