This Song Sounds Like That Song

Sam Smith Does the Right Thing by Acknowledging Tom Petty Hit

You know how sometimes one song will remind you of another one? Not in an arrogant “it was so much better when so-and-so did it” way. Just like little nuances here and there that make you think of an old familiar tune.

Well, that’s what happened recently with Tom Petty and Sam Smith.

Smith’s crazy-popular “Stay With Me” reminded many of Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” from 26 years ago. And while Smith maintains he’d never heard of the oldie, he agreed in a settlement to share 25 percent of his songwriting royalties with Petty and co-writer Jeff Lynn.

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