What fresh madness is this? Well: Miguel wrote a riff for a track called 'Leaves', taken from his new album Wildheart, and because it reminded him so much of '1979' by Smashing Pumpkins he got in touch with Billy Corgan and actually gave him a writing credit.

Speaking to News.Com.Au, Miguel said:

The guitar riff just came to me in such a subconscious way, the song literally wrote itself in minutes… It was kind of reminiscent of '1979.' I was a fan of them growing up, but I never bought their albums or saw them live. It's weird how some things just sink in… Towards the end of the song when the drum programming kicks in, it's even more reminiscent. You realize it in a more straight-on way. It's cool they were cool about everything. It's all about respect. We're all standing on the shoulders of giants at this point.

In a world where sampling vocals and other songs, not just for the sake of remixes but for so-called original tracks, is commonplace, why should a writing credit go to someone else just because the riff you wrote sounds a bit like something you've heard before? 'Blurred Lines', although a much reviled song, is a case in point.

All music is something you've heard before. Sometimes it's intermingled and spliced with slices of other things you've heard before, sometimes it's more obvious, but the key should be to write whatever music you feel like writing, feel like making. Your personal freedom in creativity shouldn't be hampered by the fear of being called out as a plagiarist; and if it does happen, acknowledge and learn from it – you can only hope to grow as an artist. However noble Miguel's act might seem, caving into imagined rules of making music or a societally imposed code of conduct is not the way music was intended to flourish.