Leona Lewis resolves legal dispute with Swedish DJ Avicii over new single “Collide” | Music News

You might have read our open letter to Leona Lewis‘ manager and bossman at Syco Mr Simon Cowell regarding her single “Collide” – in our opinion the song didn’t do her justice. It then emerged that dance producer Avicii tried to block the song’s release, claiming that the instrumental of “Collide” was a direct copy of his own song “Fade Into Darkness” and was used without the consent of Ministry of Sound.

The Guardian has since reported that her label Syco and Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) reached an agreement hours before the case was due to be heard at the high court in London and have agreed to work with the 22-year-old Swedish DJ.

In a statement released this week Syco announced: “Leona Lewis and Avicii will work together on the forthcoming single of Collide. Collide will be released on 4 September. Since getting its first radio play in the UK it has received rave reviews and is already topping club charts across the country.”

Ministry sent out an instrumental version of Avicii’s track to various vocalists last year in the hope they would complete the song and, earlier this year, the DJ’s team received a vocal track – called “Collide” – which they rejected in favour of another effort, which resulted in the song “Fade Into Darkness.”

Subsequently “Collide” ended up being heard by executives at Simon Cowell’s Syco label and the song was chosen for Leona Lewis to release as the lead single on her forthcoming album.

Bergling’s manager, Arash Pournouri, claims he was contacted by a music executive who said the track had been pitched as a potential single for Lewis but he did not consent to Lewis adopting the track because he was already committed to releasing “Fade Into Darkness,” however Leona’s version had already been played on BBC Radio 1 and was available on YouTube.

This week Bergling tweets: “We’ve finally come to an agreement with Leona on all the issues. So happy to move on and focus on hit making!”

Leona Lewis – “Collide”:

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