FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, Sam Smith performs on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith’s megahit “Stay With Me” for its similarities to his song, “I Won’t Back Down.” Smith’s representative said Monday the publishers of Petty’s 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smith’s song, which was one of last year’s biggest hits. Smith and “Stay With Me” writers James Napier and William Phillips say they agree their song is similar to Petty’s song, written with Jeff Lynne. Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” peaked at No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. A representative for Petty declined to comment. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, Sam Smith performs on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith’s megahit “Stay With Me” for its similarities to his song, “I Won’t Back Down.” Smith’s representative said Monday the publishers of Petty’s 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smith’s song, which was one of last year’s biggest hits. Smith and “Stay With Me” writers James Napier and William Phillips say they agree their song is similar to Petty’s song, written with Jeff Lynne. Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” peaked at No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. A representative for Petty declined to comment. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) Matt Sayles AP
FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, Sam Smith performs on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith’s megahit “Stay With Me” for its similarities to his song, “I Won’t Back Down.” Smith’s representative said Monday the publishers of Petty’s 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smith’s song, which was one of last year’s biggest hits. Smith and “Stay With Me” writers James Napier and William Phillips say they agree their song is similar to Petty’s song, written with Jeff Lynne. Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” peaked at No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. A representative for Petty declined to comment. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) Matt Sayles AP

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