You might have heard that there might be a lawsuit against Sam Smith because his song ‘Stay With Me.’ sounds like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ I Won’t Back Down. Luckily, that is not true. Tom Petty said that it was a “Musical Accident.”
Mr. Petty also went on to say about the royalties issue: “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. Tom Petty.”
Do you think they sound similar?