The Verdicts in… and it wasn’t in the favour of Sam Smith.

 

It was decided between the publishers of both tracks that the song “Stay With Me” sounds too similar to Rock legend Tom Petty‘s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down.”

 

Here the original song “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, below:

 

 

It was  Tom Petty’s collaborator Jeff Lynee that discovered that the tracks sounded alike. This apparently happened by mistake and is described by Sam’s camp as “nothing more than a musical accident,” but the “Money On My Mind” singer will have to pay out!

 

According to NY Daily:

 

“Smith paid Petty 12.5% of the song’s profits and gave him a writing credit. Petty also can now receive royalties from Smith’s song, and he gets a shot at a Grammy for Song of the Year, because he penned the tune it was inspired by.”

 

Here the original song “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, below:

 

 

 

 Do you hear the similarities?