Tom Petty will now officially be receiving royalties from Sam Smith’s mega-hit ‘Stay With Me’!
A rep for Sam confirmed to that Tom’s “I Won’t Back Down” and the British singer’s “Stay With Me” have similar sounds, so similar in fact that Tom and Jeff Lynne will be listed as co-writers of the hit.
However, the rep insists that the similarities are completely coincidental and unintentional.
“Recently the publishers for the song ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for ‘Stay With Me,’ written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.
The similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions,” a rep said in a statement.
“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.
According to The Sun Tom and Jeff will split a 25 percent share of songwriting royalties for the tune, which is nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at the upcoming Grammys.
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