Crooner Tom Jones has spoken out after accusations a recent war-of-words with bosses at his record company was a publicity stunt to promote his new album.
The veteran star signed a multi-million dollar contract with Island Records last October (09) and is set to release his latest disc, Praise and Blame, at the end of this month (Jul10).
A leaked email from Island's vice president David Sharpe to his colleagues at the company revealed he was unimpressed with the new tracks.
Sharpe has since apologised to Jones for the comments, sparking claims the bust-up was launched on purpose - but Jones has laughed off the accusation.
He says, "If it is (a stunt), then it's a weird way (to promote the record) - to condemn an album. It still baffles me... You know, he's on the financial team there, he's not on the creative side. But people who read the article, they don't know that. It says he's one of the vice presidents or the vice president of Island Records. But he didn't have anything to do with the making of the album.
"They're apologising for what happened. They said it just got out of hand. I don't know what the initial idea was to be honest, but it wouldn't be the way that I would try to promote something."