Petty: No hard feelings for Sam Smith

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TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 20: Singer Sam Smith performing live at the Air Canada Centre. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 20: Singer Sam Smith performing live at the Air Canada Centre. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 20: Singer Sam Smith performing live at the Air Canada Centre. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Sam Smith attends Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Singer/songwriter Sam Smith attends z100s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Tom Petty performs during the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Tour 2014 at the Cruzan Amphitheater on September 20, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Tom Petty performs during the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Tour 2014 at the Cruzan Amphitheater on September 20, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Petty says he has no hard feelings toward singer Sam Smith and called the similarities between Smith's Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" and Petty's 1989 song "I Won't Back Down" a musical accident.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said in a statement posted to his website Tuesday that "all my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by."

He said he never intended to sue Smith and didn't know how their settlement agreement became public.

After Petty's song publishers pointed out the similarities, Smith quickly agreed to give Petty and his co-writer, Jeff Lynne, songwriting credits on "Stay With Me." The British artist's breakthrough hit sold more than 3.5 million tracks and is up for song of the year at next month's Grammy Awards.

Petty called the development "hardly news."

"I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career," Petty said. "Peace and love to all."

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