Tom Petty suddenly owns partial rights as co-writer and a taker of profits from the song “Stay with Me”, released by one the of most notable faces in pop music today, Sam Smith. British pop Star Sam Smith’s claim to fame in the U.S. in 2014 was from this song, “Stay With Me”. Tom Petty out of the blue in 2015 reports that the song “Stay With Me” sounds similar to his song written over a decade ago called, “I Won’t Back Down”. Sam Smith does report that he hears the similarities between the two song and with ease he gave partial rights over to Tom Petty. I took it upon myself to compare these two songs. Technically speaking, the two songs have similar chord rotation and vocal chorus sound but that does not make them the same song. These songs have two totally separate ideas, tempos, at two different octaves and played by totally different instruments. Only by the furthest stretch of the imagination does it make Tom Petty a co-writer. I always thought that old school rock stars such as Tom petty himself would be cooler about the love of music but this looks like a classic case of greed. No worries for Sam Smith though, he still has an entirely bright future ahead of him and this has just been one life lesson that he can learn from. Tom Petty has recently came out saying that it was just a music mistake made by Sam Smith and has no hard feelings towards him. and has no hard feelings towards Sam Smith. This is the side I can respect from Tom Petty as he cool,calm and understanding but how moral is it to take profits from a song you had no part in?
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