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Leona Lewis Collides with Controversy on New Track


Leona Lewis is stirring up some drama between producers with her new catchy single "Collide" which contains elements nearly identical to "Penguins", a track from Swedish DJ producer Avicii (aka Tim Bergling). 

Dancing Astronaut writes:

According to Tim’s management, when the vocal track was commissioned, it was pitched to Leona Lewis without their knowledge, at which point in time her camp expressed interest in using the track on her upcoming album.

Here’s where things start to get fishy. SyCo, Simon Cowell’s label that represents Leona, was apparently turned down by AtNight, since “Penguin” / “Fade Into Darkness” was already Tim’s next planned single. Still, Leona’s people liked the track so much that they brought in producer heavyweight Sandy Vee to essentially reproduce the track for use with Leona’s vocals — all without AtNight’s knowledge or approval.


What do you think of the tracks?


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  1. Not only is Leona stealing the music, she's rocking a Carly Simon look from the '70's! I wouldn't be surprised if she performs this track wearing a mermaid costume in a wheelchair!!

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 18, 2011 9:11:25 AM

  2. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Leona Lewis, but this song doesn't do her any favors. The structure is all over the place. It's hard to tell where the second verse even begins.

    Posted by: Jackson | Jul 18, 2011 9:27:23 AM

  3. To be completely fair, I doubt Leona had any knowledge of this. She's just a singer. It seems like the real evil here is the record label. They couldn't take no for an answer, like a spoiled child. Did they honestly think that nobody would notice or that they could get away with it? And like having some producer recreate the track exactly is going to make it all okay. No shame. This is why the music industry is crumbling.

    Posted by: Brandon | Jul 18, 2011 9:36:43 AM

  4. Leona's new look is awful. It's your typical stereotypical "long flowing hair as I try to look sexy for the camera" look. I'm so over female singers who do this.

    As for the alleged plagiarism involved, it's typical of the music industry. Almost all producers and DJ's are thieves and rip-off merchants. No wonder music sales have been falling around the world. People have simply turned off the music.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 18, 2011 9:42:35 AM

  5. as much as i love leona lewis, this is really fishy. she totally stole this song from avicii. he's been exploding on the scene in the recent year. everyone should go watch his "seek bromance" video. super homoerotic haha

    Posted by: Tony | Jul 18, 2011 10:05:58 AM

  6. What I think is weird is that Penguins is so amazing, and yet Leona's lyrics/melody on this, AND Avicii's own lyrics/melody on Fade into Darkness are so terrible. It's not as easy as Alexis Jordan/Deadmau5 made it look! :)

    Posted by: Scott | Jul 18, 2011 10:26:29 AM

  7. Sounds repetitive and annoying in both versions. other than shoe shopping or getting your nails done, where would you ever hear this crap?

    Posted by: Jett Stone | Jul 18, 2011 10:33:59 AM

  8. Andy I think this article sensationalises the facts... That DJ didn't write the song, he just produced and created a mix of it (the DJ admits this in the twitter). SyCo clearly paid big $$$ for the rights from the author (Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Simon Jeffes), and produced their own - which is much more mainstream and less 'club/dance' than that DJ's interpretation ... Basically the elements that the producer has influence on are totally different between the tracks! A non-story.

    Posted by: Toby | Jul 18, 2011 11:17:16 AM

  9. Play both at the same time, sounds good

    Posted by: Frank | Jul 18, 2011 11:42:04 AM

  10. If anyone is to blame it's the record company and Simon Cowell. However, track by AVICII is an instrumental so very little "copyright" infringement could be sought.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jul 18, 2011 12:20:10 PM

  11. The song is a good beat and I have always loved Leona Lewis. I don't profess to know who is to blame but am cynical enough to consider the whole controversy was manufactured to create a buzz for this song which lyrically I think is a bit lack-luster. It's just one of those songs that drone on when the dance floor gets too packed and the DJ try's to thin out the crowd. Sorry Leona, you can do better.

    Posted by: G McGinnis | Jul 18, 2011 1:43:08 PM

  12. Ministry of Sound are on thin ice, publicly claiming plagiarism when the correct credits have been given open them up to a libel lawsuit.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 18, 2011 6:15:01 PM

  13. Agree with Frank

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 19, 2011 12:53:47 AM

  14. People who think very little copyright infringement are wrong, Avicii was about to release Fade into Darkness, the Vocal version of Penguin. and if you listen to "Collide" and fade into darkness" they sound very alike, except that "Fade into Darkness" is better. I'm glad the wanna be pop star failed at life, hopefully a lawsuit is coming her way.

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 19, 2011 2:35:50 AM

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