Category: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Sam Smith’s Stay With Me is coincidentally similar enough to I Won’t Back Down to pay Tom Petty royalties

If you can't get the hook Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" out of your head, the reason may be that it was deeply inspired by Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down." Although the writers of Smith's song claim that they've never heard Petty's song before (what? how could that have happened?) both parties have come to an agreement to pay Petty and composer Jeff Lynne 12.5% of the royalties for the hit song.