In the past, the most subtle similarities between songs have led to huge fallouts between musical artists, but thankfully the royalties conflict between Sam Smith and Tom Petty has been resolved without venturing anywhere near the dark side. In other words, neither party has resorted to throwing jabs on social media, and luckily the entire issue was quickly put to rest without the presence of extended court battles or negative commentary in the media. In situations like this, it almost feels inevitable that a nasty public blowup will follow, but a recent statement released by Petty shows that couldn't be further from the truth.
According to Billboard, Petty gave Smith credit for maintaining his professionalism, noting that "Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement." The 64-year-old singer-songwriter also addressed rumors that suggested that the matter would lead to court action.
"The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention," Petty said. "And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself."So, there you have it. That should officially snuff out the rumors between the music legend and the blossoming singer. As Petty put it, the similarities between "Stay With Me," and "We Won't Back Down" was a mere "musical accident." And given the way Sam Smith has dealt with conflict in the past, the thought of him him behaving in a manner that's anything less than mature and professional seems quite unfathomable. In the end, Smith and Petty are both great examples for how to keep the focus off the drama and on the music.