Leona’s single to be collaboration after dispute

Leona Lewis will release her new single, Collide, as a collaboration with a Swedish producer after a sample dispute was resolved.

According to BBC Newsbeat, DJ Avicii claimed his song was sampled without his permission.

Leona’s label Syco, run by Simon Cowell, denied this.

Now Collide will be released as a collaboration under both artists’ names after they reached an agreement.

A statement from Syco said: “It is announced today that Leona Lewis and Avicii will work together on the forthcoming single Collide.

Avicii wrote on his Twitter page: “Glad to have finally resolved situation with Leona. So happy to move on with Leona and focus on having a hit together.”

Syco says she was given the go-ahead to use a track called Penguin, recorded by Avicii, which sampled an instrumental called Perpetuum Mobile originally by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Avicii’s manager said he thought that Leona would only use the original sample on her new single.

“We were under the impression that they were going to sample the original. They ended up copying our version,” said the DJ’s manager Ash Pournouri in a statement.

“We never allowed [Syco] to replay our version of the track.

“The original sample rights belong to Simon Jeffes [Penguin Cafe Orchestra] and approval for using that composition is not in our control,” he added.

Syco denied this.