Simon Cowell's Syco record label has been accused of lying over claims that Leona Lewis' new single 'Collide' 'stole' from another track. According to dance label Ministry of Sound, Leona's new song rips off track 'Fade Into Darkness' by Swedish DJ Avicii.
Syco previously dismissed the claims, saying last week there was "no legal case to answer to" after the Ministry of Sound label threatened legal action over the similarities. "Avicii is already credited as a songwriter on Leona's song," a representative said at the time, adding: "It's a case of sour grapes from Ministry of Sound."
Avicii however hit back at the comments, saying: "To answer everyone, the first time I heard Leona Lewis 'Collide' was today. I didn't produce it and neither me or 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."
His manager Ash Pournouri added: "We never got to hear ['Collide'] before it was promoted on radio, how could we clear anything? We're not amateurs - we don't sign papers without knowing what [we're] getting into."
Last night Leona took to Twitter to defend her song, saying: "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 x
"With regards to my song, avicii was aware & agreeing publishing splits for himself and his manager."
This morning Avicii blasted Leona, saying: "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."
Listen to Leona's new track 'Collide' here...
And listen to Avicii's song below...