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Leona Lewis Responds to Plagiarism Claims Over ‘Collide’

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As soon as singer Leona Lewis released her new single ‘Collide’ to UK radio last Friday, it was hit with an intense plagiarism claim. Seriously, the same day the song landed, it was already the subject of drama! It seems a pop star can’t catch a break when debuting a new track!

However, after a few days of online chatter built up about the matter, Lewis has finally responded directly to the accusation that ‘Collide’ steals its beat from a dance track called ‘Penguin’ by DJ Avicci. Lewis addressed the matter with class on Twitter. Rather than getting defensive or nasty, Lewis posted two simple tweets where she offered her side of the story.

“With regards to my song, avicii was aware & agreeing publishing splits for himself and his manager,” Lewis tweeted. She also posted: “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.” Oh, Leona, we love how you kill ’em with kindness and issue a compliment amidst the heated and controversial matter.

Avicci’s camp said that the usage of the song was not approved and accused Lewis of stealing it from them outright. They also stated that they will reveal their side of the story shortly.

We’ll keep you posted on how this situation goes.

Listen to Leona Lewis ‘Collide’

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