Years ago this would have excited me!

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Sampling The New Sleater-Kinney Album

by Norm Gregory on January 27, 2015

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Sam Smith ‘Borrows’ From Tom Petty

by Norm Gregory on January 27, 2015

in Music

Sam Smith pays Tom Petty cash for a share of hit song Stay With Me, over similarity to I Won’t Back Down

Frankly I don’t hear it . . . Do you?

Sam Smith : Stay With Me


Tom Petty : I Wouldn’t Back Down


Sam Smith To Pay Tom Petty Royalties On ‘Stay With Me’
Sam Smith will be sharing his songwriting royalties for Stay With Me with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

Shortly after the British singer’s single came out last April, sharp-eared listeners noticed a similarity between Stay With Me and Petty’s 1989 hit I Won’t Back Down, which he wrote with Lynne.

They weren’t the only ones. A representative for Smith says he and two other Stay With Me writers, James Napier and William Phillips, “came to an immediate and amicable agreement” with Petty and Lynne and now list them as co-writers of the song. ● More: usatoday.com

Sam Smith on Tom Petty Settlement: ‘Complete Coincidence’
Over the weekend, The Sun reported that Sam Smith had quietly and amicably settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty over the likeness between Smith’s three-time Grammy-nominated “Stay With Me” and Petty’s Full Moon Fever hit “I Won’t Back Down,” co-written with ELO’s Jeff Lynne. In a statement to Rolling Stone, Smith’s reps have confirmed that “Stay With Me” is now co-credited to Petty and Lynne, adding that while there are undeniable “similarities” between the two singles, it was a “complete coincidence.” ● More: Rolling Stone

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