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# sounds similiar
Tom Petty is now getting royalties from Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'
A dispute over similarities between a Petty single and Smith’s Stay With Me was settled out of court.

SamSmithWorldVEVO / YouTube

DID YOU EVER get a niggling feeling in the back of your head that Sam Smith’s Stay With Me sounded a little bit like something else?

Tom Petty did. The track sounds an awful lot like a single of his, I Won’t Back Down.

The Sun reports that following a claim over the similarities of the track settled out of court in October of last year, Smith must now pay a share of royalties to Petty and co-author Jeff Lynne.

Both are now listed as co-writers of the song.

It is reported that Sam Smith wasn’t too put out by the whole experience, with a statement from his representatives saying ‘all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement’, but that Smith didn’t actually know Petty’s 1989 single.

The statement called it “a complete coincidence”.

Check out Petty’s track below:

TomPettyHrtbrkrsVEVO / YouTube

Read: Sam Smith says he was ‘hacked’ after internet unearths mortifying tweet from 2012 >

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