Ministry of Sound claims Leona’s Collide samples Avicii’s Penguin

August 2011

Music publishing / record labels

The Ministry Of Sound has hit back at Simon Cowell’s Syco record company after the Sony label seemingly claimed that the MOS dance label had cleared the use of one its tracks as the backdrop to  X-factor winner Leona Lewis’s new track‘Collide’, which when premiered on BBC Radio 1 caused something of a buzz as fans commented that the new track was identical to the instrumental track  ‘Penguin’ by rising superstar DJ Avicii. ‘Penguin’, which has enjoyed airplay on various specialist dance shows, is due to be released with vocals under the name ‘Fade Into Darkness’ by MOS. Syco reportedly told reporters that there was “zero legal case to answer” because “Avicii is already credited as a songwriter on Leona’s song” adding “it’s a case of sour grapes from Ministry Of Sound”. Responding to reports about Syco’s response, Avicii took to Twitter this weekend to say: “To answer everyone, the first time I heard Leona Lewis ‘Collide’ was today. I didn’t produce it and neither me nor 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” and Avicii’s manager added “We never got to hear the track before it was promoed on radio, how could we clear anything? We’re not amateurs – we don’t sign papers without knowing what we’re getting into”.

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