First it was with Disclosure, and now it's with his own track. The superstar vocalist is now involved in a second dilemma with copying music this year (it's still January mind you). This time it's over his hugely poplar, Grammy Award nominated single "Stay With Me."
The new issue is based on similarities between the Sam Smith's track "Stay With Me" and... wait for it... Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down." Yes, this means if you liked that Sam Smith song, you're actually a Tom Petty fan. We hate to break it to you, but it's true.
The two camps seem to have quickly come to an agreement which includes listing Tom Petty on the credits for "Stay With Me". In a headline, People Magazine questioned whether or not this would lead to a change in how the Grammy was awarded which they made clear it would not.
The Petty team 'will not be considered nominees nor will they be considered GRAMMY recipients, should the song win. Rather, they would be given certificates to honor their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work,' Senior Vice President of Awards Bill Freimuth told the Wall Street Journal. "
For what it's worth, Sam Smith's camp has said the similarities are a complete coincidence, though they didn't appear to put up much of a fight over anything. This is in contradiction to the claims made earlier against Disclosure and AlunaGeorge over songs that included "Latch" which was another Grammy Award nominated track featuring Sam Smith. Disclosure issued a bold statement earlier this year defending their content and creativity.
We don't mean to make any assumptions here. It's possible that this latest incident is a coincidence, and the previous allegations carry no weight. It's also possible there was some kind of subconscious influence from Tom Petty. Because deep down, aren't we all Tom Petty fans? If we weren't before, perhaps we are now.
Edit: Singer-composer Jeff Lynne was also given credit for the track