Leona Lewis is facing a legal battle with a dance artist to release her new single ‘Collide’.
The X Factor winner’s plans to release the song on September 4 may be scuppered by a High Court injunction after DJ Avicii claimed that the song plagiarises his track ‘Fade Into Darkness’.
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According to The Guardian, the Swedish musician – real name Tim Bergling – recorded an instrumental dance-pop track last year before being signed by Ministry Of Sound.
The track was sent to various singers, including one who had penned a vocal titled ‘Collide’, which the Swedish musician rejected. However, executives at Syco – run by Simon Cowell – heard the vocal track and the song was chosen for Lewis to sing.
Now Avicii’s manager Arash Pournouri has claimed that Lewis’ song is a “straight re-recording” of the original track with the DJ’s instrumental. The injunction hearing is scheduled to be heard in the High Court on Monday (August 8).
A spokesman for Avicii’s label Ministry Of Sound told the newspaper:
Avicii is an up-and-coming talent; we think he should be given a fair crack at making this record the hit it deserves to be.
‘Collide’ is set to appear on Lewis’ as-yet-untitled third album, the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Echo’,