After music lovers noted similarities between his hit single ‘Stay With Me‘ and Tom Petty‘s ‘I Won’t Back Down‘, Sam Smith has been forced to cough up a percentage of all royalties earned from the love song.
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A source close to the case told The Sun:
When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks. After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.
The song’s credits have now been amended to include Petty and ‘Down‘s composer Jeff Lynne, who can now look forward to earning from the Grammy-nominated number which has sold almost 4 million units worldwide since it was pulled from Smith’s critically acclaimed album ‘In the Lonely Hour.’
Smith isn’t the first entertainer to face “song stealing” allegations.
In 1990, Madonna was accused of using Malcolm McLaren‘s ‘Deep in Vogue’ to create her iconic number ‘Vogue‘, blasted by critics who claimed she’d stolen his melodies, harmonies and theme to create what many believe is an original song.
Then, in 2006, a woman named Jennifer Armour found herself on the receiving end of heat from Beyonce’s fan base when she accused the star of using her original song ‘Got a Little Bit of Love for You‘ to build her ‘Dangerously in Love’ single ‘Baby Boy.’
USA Today reported:
A federal judge has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit a Minneapolis singer-songwriter filed against Beyonce, ruling the songs were “substantially dissimilar.”
Jennifer Armour sued the R&B star last year, claiming that the 2003 hit song Baby Boy, from Beyonce Knowles’ Grammy-winning album Dangerously in Love, took lyrics from her own song, Got a Little Bit of Love For You.
Armour said her former manager submitted demo recordings of her song to various studios including Columbia Records and Atlantic Recording Corporations, record labels for Knowles and Sean Paul, who is featured in the song.
However, the court did a side-by-side comparison of the two songs to look for substantial similarity — a key component of copyright infringement — and found they were “substantially dissimilar.”
“It’s unfortunate that lawsuits such as this one occur, but I am grateful and relieved to have this behind me and I am eager to move on,” Knowles, a Houston native, said in a statement issued by Music World Entertainment, the music management company her manager father founded.