The guys behind “I Won’t Back Down,” Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, have been added as songwriters to “Stay with Me,” a rep for the British crooner confirmed to ET.
The news comes after reports surfaced over the weekend in The Sun that Smith was allegedly paying royalties to Petty when the rocker’s camp pointed out the similarities between the choruses of “I Won’t Back Down” and Smith’s three-time Grammy nominated song “Stay with Me.”
His rep added, “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.”
Watch the above video to see if you can hear similarities between the two songs and let us know in the comments below if you think they should have added Petty and Lynne to the song.