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Tom Petty Regrets Using The Confederate Flag In His Past, Calls Out Kid Rock For His Insistence On Still Using It!

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Now here's a voice of reason!

Music legend Tom Petty regrets using the Confederate flag at concerts and performances in his past, apologizing for doing so in a new and very honest article, out today.

With the Confederate flag coming down in South Carolina, it's a hot topic of conversation around the country, and the public — and celebrities — have been weighing in on it all week.

[ Related: TV Land Drops Dukes Of Hazzard From Their Schedule Amidst Confederate Flag Controversy! ]

Petty writes in Rolling Stone about his concern over the meaning behind the flag:

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Tom Petty Responds To Sam Smith's 'Musical Accident' — Read His Official Statement HERE!

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Sam Smith agreed to give up a cut of his songwriting royalties on Stay With Me after classic rock star Tom Petty pointed out similarities to his own song I Won't Back Down.

But the gracious decision was not without some controversy!

[ Related: Sam Smith Believes 'Class' And 'Romance' Have Eluded The Rest Of Current Pop Stars! ]

While many believe the songs' choruses sound strikingly similar, others are having trouble hearing it at all!

That leaves those fans wondering what kind of legal ramifications this could have on other songs with marginally matching melodies.

Well, apparently the answer is

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Sam Smith's Stay With Me Is A Bit Too Similar To Another Song! Find Out Which Classic Rock Icon Gets Royalties For It Now HERE!

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Sam Smith has been lauded for his emotive voice and songwriting skills the world over ever since he unleashed his tearjerking hit Stay With Me.

But did he rip off Tom Petty??

[ Video: EXCLUSIVE! Nicole Scherzinger Covers Sam Smith's I'm Not The Only One Acoustic Style! ]

Apparently some people thought the chorus was a bit too close to the classic rock star's I Won't Back Down — and those some people included Tom himself!

Well it looks like Sam has quietly agreed to share songwriting credit, though according to him, the whole thing was a coincidence!

Sam's rep confirmed in an official statement:

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Jimmy Fallon & Stevie Nicks Recreate Her Classic Stop Draggin' My Heart Around Music Video! Watch HERE!

We knew Stevie Nicks was making a comeback, but how did she bring all of 1981 with her??

With the help of Jimmy Fallon, that's how!

His Tom Petty isn't QUITE as good as his Neil Young, but this is just too cute!

Ch-ch-check out the video (above) to see the super accurate recreation of Stevie and Tom's Stop Draggin' My Heart Around video! And compare it to the classic …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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Kesha Is Finally Free! See Her Emotional First Performance After Rehab HERE!

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Yesss, gurl! Not only is Kesha looking great post rehab- she's sounding great too!

The Blow singer took the stage for the first time since leaving rehab at Petty Fest, a celebration of the music of Tom Petty! And she sounded so strong!

And natural! No autotune here!

Of course, she's performing the classic Free Fallin', so everyone is singing along! And it never hurts to have a whole audience of backup singers!

See gurl's free, powerful performance …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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Johnny Depp & Ke$ha Join Mary Jane's Last Dance! WATCH HERE!

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The most unlikely pairing in the known universe united on stage Wednesday eve at the first ever Petty Fest in El Ray, CA…

And musical magic was born!

Ch-ch-check out Johnny Depp dominating that guitar like it's his bitch while Ke$ha croons into the miC during the Tom Petty classic Mary Jane's Last Dance (above)!

But, not only did the cult QUEEN and the pauper of the surf join in musical matrimony…

The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney also lent his skills to this succulent spectacle that was drenched in the most AWEsome of sauces.

Pure perfection!

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Tom Petty Vs. Michele Bachmann

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We have a feeling Tom isn't going to be the only celeb speaking out against Michele. Perhaps Matt Damon will have something to say as well. LOLz.

Last week, we were NOT pleased when we heard that Michele Bachmann attended a "conservative conference" in Minneapolis, Minn and took to the stage while Katy Perry's Firework played in the background.

As we said back then, given the fact that Firework is all about tolerance and acceptance, which Michele Bachmann is NOT, we thought her song choice was poor and hypocritical.

Now, Michele has pissed off Tom Petty for

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