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Sam Smith's Stay With Me Is A Bit Too Similar To Another Song! Find Out Which Classic Rock Icon Gets Royalties For It Now HERE!

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Sam Smith has been lauded for his emotive voice and songwriting skills the world over ever since he unleashed his tearjerking hit Stay With Me.

But did he rip off Tom Petty??

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Apparently some people thought the chorus was a bit too close to the classic rock star's I Won't Back Down — and those some people included Tom himself!

Well it looks like Sam has quietly agreed to share songwriting credit, though according to him, the whole thing was a coincidence!

Sam's rep confirmed in an official statement:

"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, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions. 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."

Wow! How very gracious of Sam!

Maybe our ear isn't as fine-tuned as the virtuoso falsetto's, but we're not hearing THAT much similarity. Listen to both (below) and tell us what U think!

[Image via Bauer Griffin Online.]

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7 comments to “Sam Smith's Stay With Me Is A Bit Too Similar To Another Song! Find Out Which Classic Rock Icon Gets Royalties For It Now HERE!”

  1. Alina says – reply to this


    Start working from home! Great job for students, stay-at-home moms or anyone needing an extra income… You only need a computer and a reliable internet connection…

  2. Colleen says – reply to this


    Ummm… The chorus in stay with me is exactly the same as I won't back down. Lol… It is very easy to hear the same notes.

  3. Stephanie says – reply to this


    Grr Tom Petty wishes he could sound like Sam Smith!

  4. Kristen says – reply to this


    If you have to speed it up and make edits to Sam Smith's song how can it be Tom Petty's? Exactly Tom Petty, suck it up Sam Smith made an original and it is an Amazing song! #samsmith

  5. Colleen says – reply to this


    It's the same… Speed up his song a tad bit and it will be identical. The chorus is the same notes! It was clearly taken from Petty.

  6. Tam says – reply to this


    Wow I didn't hear a likeness at all lol

  7. Kim says – reply to this


    It's the exact same song….just changing lyrics doesn't make it an original! Crazy how you can have a huge hit by ripping off someone else! All these teen idiots who only listen to main stream music cause it's on the top 10 don't have any idea what they are talking about. Tom Petty is a true songwriter and artist.