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Tom Petty awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”


Update Tom Petty awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smith s Stay With Me Consequence of Sound

Source: http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/01/to...

Upon the release of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” in April 2014, a number of listeners were quick to note the distinct resemblance to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1989 classic “I Won’t Back Down”. As it turns out, Petty’s lawyers also took notice, and the UK crooner has since agreed to pay songwriting royalties.

According to The Sun, Smith and Petty actually settled out of court back in October, but details only emerged just this weekend. The settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne (of ELO fame). The song’s credit on ASCAP — that’s the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers —now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.

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I Won't Back Down is a great song. 

These songs don't sound alike to me.

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