Sam Smith Ordered To Pay Tom Petty Songwriting Royalties


. (Radio.com) Tom Petty won't back down from a fight over songwriting credits. Just ask Sam Smith. Smith was ordered to pay Petty royalties for his hit single "Stay With Me." Why you ask?

Because Petty's lawyers felt the song sounded a little too similar to their client's 1989 track "I Won't Back Down." And the UK courts agree. Smith has reportedly agreed to pay a 12.5% writing credit to Petty and Jeff Lynne of ELO, who helped write "I Won't Back Down." An exact amount however has not been revealed.

Smith and Petty settled this dispute out of court in October with "no mud slinging," but news of the settlement was revealed over this past weekend, according to Consequence of Sound (via The Sun).

'After it was pointed out to Sam's camp, they didn't try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties," a source told The Sung. "It wasn't a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged."

If you were to check who wrote "Stay With Me" right now on ASCAP it now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne and composer Jimmy Napes, as the official songwriters.

Read more and listen to both songs to see if you hear the similarity here.

Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission.

advertisement

Tom Petty Music, DVDs, Books and more

Tom Petty T-shirts and Posters

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article


advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Tool's Maynard James Keenan Updates Fans On New Album- Marilyn Manson Has Bizarre Onstage Meltdown- Metallica Release Birthday Tribute To Cliff Burton- Muse- more

The Smashing Pumpkins Announce Reunion Tour- Corey Taylor Reveals Timeline For New Slipknot Album- Metallica To Receive Polar Music Prize- Muse Release 'Thought Contagion'- more

Led Zeppelin To Release 'Different' Archival Recordings- Photo Of Metallica's James Hetfield As Cop In Ted Bundy Movie- Iron Maiden Take Action Against Counterfeiters- more

Judas Priest Legend Battling Parkinson's Disease- Metallica's James Hetfield Lands Key Role In Ted Bundy Movie- Ozzy Osbourne Wants To Make New Album After Final Tour- more

Page Too:
Drake's Generous Money Giveaway All Part Of 'God's Plan'- Troy Gentry's Widow Sues Over Husband's Death- The Chainsmokers Release 'You Owe Me' Video- Demi Lovato Unplugs- more

Meek Mill Files Appeal Alleging Unreliable Police Testimony- Kendrick Lamar, The Killers Lead NBA All-Star Weekend- Frank Ocean- more

Ed Sheeran and Eminem Release 'River' Video- Kanye West Returns To Instagram With Special Message- Kodak Black Releases R&B Album 'Heartbreak Kodak'- Remy Ma- more

Elton John Making New 'Lion King' Music With Beyonce- Willie Nelson Fighting Back After Battling Flu- Victoria Beckham Addresses Spice Girls Reunion Speculation- more

advertisement


Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2018 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.