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Tom Petty

I’ve been called the Queen of many things…but 80’s Queen is a term that holds near and dear to my heart, because I’ve been listening to the radio since I was four years old. You can only imagine how giddy I was to see an article about the non-battle between Tom Petty and Sam Smith!  Of course I prefer Tom Petty’s music to anything currently on the charts…being an 80’s Queen…BUT I have managed to embrace what is out there these days. And Sam Smith is no exception! So much so, that I have memorized almost every note of at least two of his songs; Latch and Stay with Me…

Sam Smith

He’s also been nominated for a few Grammy awards this year:

Record Of The Year
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)

Song Of The Year
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)

Best Pop Solo Performance
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)

Best Pop Vocal Album
In The Lonely Hour

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Album Of The Year
In The Lonely Hour

So, definitely no slouch BUT, Team Petty have noticed a similarity between Smith’s hit song “Stay with Me” and Petty’s classic “I Won’t Back Down”. Team Smith have had to amend the song writing credits to include Petty and his co-writer Jeff Lynne. An honour and not a terrible problem to have, if you ask me. On the down side, they ALSO have to share in the royalties but luckily can keep their Grammy nominations all to themselves. Knowing not too much about musical composition, I can say that I see the similarities…here’s an example/comparison between the two songs:

“Well, I won’t back down. No, I won’t back down” (sung by Petty)

“Oh, won’t you stay with me? Cause you’re all I need.” (sung by Smith)

and so on. The tempos (?) are completely different, but I can see that a trained ear would pick up on the likeness between the two songs. And that is precisely what happened. The publishers from Petty’s classic tune reached out to the publishers for Smith’s breakout ballad…and when doing so, reached an amicable agreement on the inherent similarity between the two jams. Check it out for yourself…they’re both awesome tunes and worth checking out, or just enjoying them if you already have.

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