Monday, January 26, 2015


It's one of the biggest songs of 2014 and now Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are on the songwriting credits for it.  Sam Smith's Stay With Me may do well at the Grammys on February 8 - and thanks to an out-of-court settlement in October, Petty and Lynne will receive 12.5% each in royalties for it, due to the similarity to Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down.

From Tom Petty:
"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."

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