Lewis and Avicii clash on Twitter over alleged song theft

By | Published on Thursday 21 July 2011

Leona Lewis

The squabble over Leona Lewis’s new track ‘Collide’, and its rather significant lifting of the music from a track by DJ producer Avicii, continues. And while the latter’s label, Ministry Of Sound, consults its lawyers, the two artists have been having it out in the High Court Of Twitter.

Following reports that Lewis’s team had lifted Avicii’s music without permission, the one time ‘X-Factor’ girl tweeted: “With regards to my song, Avicii was aware and [agreed] 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”.

That actually goes further than the statement previously released by Lewis’s label Syco, which simply insisted Avicii had been credited as a co-songwriter on the popstress’s new record. It also conflicts with a statement already issued by Avicii and his management who say they knew nothing of Syco’s plans to use their instrumental on the new Lewis record until they heard it on the radio.

So, despite the flattery, Avicii also took to Twitter this week to respond to Lewis’s claims. He wrote: “Thanks for accusing me of lying and speaking on my behalf. Since we never met or even spoke, please let me and my manager know who told you that and what confirmation they gave you”.

Lewis is yet to respond to Avicii’s tweet. Perhaps she’s planning on letting the lawyers settle this matter in a more traditional fashion. Though a public row on Twitter would be more fun.