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Tom Petty Responds To Sam Smith's 'Musical Accident' — Read His Official Statement HERE!

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Sam Smith agreed to give up a cut of his songwriting royalties on Stay With Me after classic rock star Tom Petty pointed out similarities to his own song I Won't Back Down.

But the gracious decision was not without some controversy!

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While many believe the songs' choruses sound strikingly similar, others are having trouble hearing it at all!

That leaves those fans wondering what kind of legal ramifications this could have on other songs with marginally matching melodies.

Well, apparently the answer is

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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:

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