Leona Lewis responds to Avicii single controversy

Somewhere the wires got crossed and someone wasn’t told of something.

Leona Lewis‘ comeback single ‘Collide’ has been broiled in controversy and lukewarm reviews ever since it premiered last week. Opinions aside on how you may feel about her sashaying down a dance/pop path, we got to handle this situation about Ministry of Sound producer and DJ Avicii getting swagger jacked by Leona. The X Factor diva’s new single ‘Collide’ happens to be rocking the exact same beat as Avicii’s ‘Fade Into Darkness’ (previously known as ‘Penguin’) and complications arise when both parties go head to head to launch their respective singles.

What has been depicted is that Team Leona cock blocked Avicii‘s track by releasing ‘Collide’ not only without the DJ and producer’s knowledge but also without approval. Avicii‘s track has reportedly been spun on radio months ago and the Swedish DJ seemed surprised to hear Leona’s vocals layered over it all the sudden.

The ‘Seek Bromance’ producer tweeted last week when Leona premiered ‘Collide’ on Radio 1:

“To answer everyone, the first time I heard Leona Lewis’ ‘Collide’ was today. I didn’t produce it and neither me or my manager could approve it. I’m just upset for someone taking credit of our idea before I had a chance to release it and for the time and effort that has been put into this by my manager and label.”

Take a listen to Avicii‘s ‘Fade Into Darkness’ here:

And now to Leona‘s new single ‘Collide’:

Sonically, ‘Collide’ is to ‘Fade Into Darkness’ in the way that Alexis Jordan‘s ‘Happiness’ was to Deadmau5‘s ‘Brazil (2nd Edit)’. They are vocal dance/pop songs written and sung over existing dance tracks. Word is, Avicii and Ministry of Sound have been workshopping the idea of writing vocals to the beat for months. However, the intention was to always keep it in-house and to release it as Avicii‘s single.

Therefore, when Leona‘s ‘Collide’ suddenly started moving – shit hit the fan. Even though her label SyCo is now claiming that Avicii is credited as a songwriter on ‘Collide’, when the original presser went out last week all that was stated was that the track was written by Autumn Rowe and produced by Sandy Vee, both previously worked together to create Alexis Jordan‘s sound. At no point was it officially confirmed that the beat samples Avicii‘s track or indicated that he was somehow involved. And it’s probably because he wasn’t.

Today the diva who is getting her name dragged through all this controversy, Leona, tweeted her side of the story:

“With regards to my song, Avicii was aware and agreeing publishing splits for himself and his manager. 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…”

Seems like somebody’s extending an olive branch when it’s really not her fault. There’s obviously been confusion at the business end of things and it’s a shame to see shady dealings oversight a creative project.


Leona Lewis will release ‘Collide’ on 4 September. Stay tuned as I’m sure both sides will unveil more to their sides of the story soon.


    • Oh absolutely, Louisa! Avicii had been open about the piano loop being a Penguin Cafe sample. Thus, the original demo name being ‘Penguin’.

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