Sam Smith Adds Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne to "Stay With Me" Songwriting Credits
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:22:24
Blue-eyed soul singer Sam Smith has added Tom Petty and his collaborator Jeff Lynne to the songwriting credits on his smash "Stay With Me."
Why is that? Did they sit down and write with the English singer? Nope. The addition of Thomas Earl Petty and Jeff Lynne's names to the song's credits are due to Petty's team noticing similarities between "Stay With Me" and Petty's hit "I Won't Back Down."
Smith's team said that the coincidence is accidental, and that they were not previously familiar with the Petty song, but acknowledged the similarity, and this was a swift way to deal with it, without involving lawyers and drama.
The song is a Grammy-nominated smash, so Petty and co. stand to earn considerably from being credited.
Do you think the songs sound alike? And was this a fair way to deal with it?>