Tuesday, August 16, 2011


No not Beyonce, but this time round it is British songstress Leona Lewis who has settled legal disputes over her song as well as releasing the cover art for the single ... Read more to find out about the exclusive legal battle and settlement...

Leona Lewis and her record label -Simon Cowell's SYCO have agreed to work with a 22-year-old Swedish DJ after settling a legal dispute over The X Factor winner's forthcoming single, Collide.
Avicii attempted to block the release of the single, claiming the instrumentals were a direct rip off of his own song    Fade  into darkness.
Syco is understood to have reached an 11th-hour agreement with Avicii's record label, Ministry of Sound, on Monday – hours before the case was due to be heard at the high court in London. Details of the agreement were not disclosed but the single will be released as planned on 4 September.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Syco said: "It is announced today that Leona Lewis and Avicii will work together on the forthcoming single of Collide. Collide will be released on 4 September. Since getting its first radio play in the UK it has received rave reviews and is already topping club charts across the country."
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Syco did not return requests for comment. Ministry of Sound declined to comment.
Avicii – whose real name is Tim Bergling – alleged that Syco executives planned to release a "straight re-recording" of his own Fade Into Darkness single without the consent of Ministry of Sound.
Ministry sent out an instrumental version of Avicii's track to various singers in October last year in the hope they would complete the song.
Earlier this year, the DJ's team received a vocal track – called Collide – which they rejected in favour of another singer's efforts, producing a song called Fade Into Darkness. It was planned to release Fade Into Darkness in October, with a heavy marketing push in the hope the song would be a hit.
However, Collide ended up being heard by executives at Cowell's Syco label and the song was chosen for Leona Lewis to release as the lead single on her forthcoming album.
Bergling's manager, Arash Pournouri, claims he was contacted by a music executive who said the track had been pitched as a potential single for Lewis. According to Pournouri, he did not consent to Lewis adopting the track because he was already committed to releasing Fade Into Darkness.
The Hackney-born singer's Collide was first played on BBC Radio 1 on 15 July and made available on YouTube shortly afterwards.
In a message posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, Bergling said: "We've finally come to an agreement with Leona on all the issues. So happy to move on and focus on hit making!"

What do you think about the settlement and the cover art? Tell me in your comments!


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