Simon Cowell's Syco record label have said that there was "zero legal case to answer" over claims Leona Lewis' new song 'Collide' had plagiarised from a Ministry of Sound artist. The dance label yesterday suggested that Leona's new track had pinched music from DJ Avicii's 'Penguin' song.
A Ministry Of Sound source confirmed to The Sun today: "Leona Lewis has stolen our record. Collide is identical to Avicii’s track.
“We’ve been working on this release for a year, then this week we heard Leona’s track. Obviously Avicii is pretty upset about this.
“A legal letter was sent to Simon Cowell and our lawyers have said they will take the appropriate action over the song.
“Surely if Leona knew how similar her track is to DJ Avicii’s song she wouldn’t have decided to press ahead with the release?”
While there has been no denial that the tracks do indeed share a lot of similarities, Syco put this down to the fact that the DJ had actually co-written the Leona track.
“There is zero legal case to answer. Avicii is already credited as a songwriter on Leona’s song," a rep for the record label said. “It’s a case of sour grapes from Ministry Of Sound.”
Leona will release the new track from her third studio album later this year.
Listen to Leona's new track 'Collide' here...
And listen to 'Penguin' by Avicii below...