Leona Lewis has had a hard time trying to get back to the Oprah-approved level of success she attained with her smash single “Bleeding Love” a few years back, and her latest single “Collide” isn’t going to do her any favors.
For one thing, it is not awesome: EW’s Tim Stack declared it “a misguided dip into dance-pop” that “lands with a major thud” in his review of the track, which appears in the forthcoming issue of the magazine. (In other words, it’s no “Buffalo Stance.”)
But the other thing that may stand in her way is the fact that she has been accused of stealing the track wholesale from dance artist Avicii. They have had a track called “Penguin” that has been circulating for a few months, and Lewis’ “Collide” is little more than her singing over their track.
Lewis addressed the issue (on Twitter, natch). “With regards to my song, avicii was aware & agreeing publishing splits for himself and his manager,” Lewis wrote. “When avicii sent his track out to have a song written over it I totally fell in love with this version and i think he’s super talented.”
However, according to Avicii (again, via Twitter), that was all news to him. “To answer everyone, the first time i heard leona lewis collide was today,” Avicii (né Tim Bergling) wrote. “I didnt produce it and neither me or my manager could approve it.”
Bergling even addressed a pair of tweets directly to Lewis, including an invite to clear the air. “Since we never met or even spoke, please let me and my manager know who told you that and what confirmation they gave you,” he wrote.
Follow the jump to hear the two songs.
The punchline of this story is that neither Lewis nor Avicii can claim the rights to the melody. As Bergling pointed out on Twitter, his track sampled a tune called “Perpetuum Mobile” by Penguin Cafe Orchestra (according to Bergling, though, he went through proper channels to clear the sample).
This seems like an awful lot of hand-wringing for two songs that land so squarely on the side of not good at all, but let us know what you think of this fiasco in the comments.
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