Although Sam Smith says it was by total accident that "Stay With Me" sounds like Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down", he is giving the lead singer of The Heartbreakers royalties from the hit and Grammy nominated song.
Smith and Petty along with co-writer Jeff Lynne of ELO came to a quiet agreement over "Stay With Me" and now Petty & Lynne have a co-writing credit and Sam's mega-hit.
Smith's rep had this to say:
"Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions," Smith's rep tells Rolling Stone. "Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won’t Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."
"Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."
Diagnosis: Although it was coincidental they sure settled without going to court over it.
It wasn't so long ago that Madonna and Lady Gaga appeared on Saturday Night Live together. No rivalry. Only in play. Then when Gaga recorded "Born This Way" several people including Madonna thought it sounded like "Express Yourself" a track Miss M released back in the 80's.
Madonna has called Gaga "Redundant" and in her show, performs "Born This Way" with "Express Yourself" meshed together. Gaga hasn't exactly struck back but has commented on the ordeal.
While Madonna was pulling her boob out, Gaga was getting hit by a pole...a metal pole...on stage.
I do believe Madonna is picking this fight with Gaga. She has her reasons. A lot of what Gaga has done, Madonna has done already. It also keeps her relevant. She is relevant already but....look.....this is the 2nd article on Madonna this week...and it most likely won't be the last. So...it is working. It also helps Lady Gaga as well.
In the end though, who do you think will win?-DocFB