Leona Lewis and Simon Cowell are being sued for allegedly ripping off a dance track on The X Factor winner’s new single, Collide.
Swedish DJ Avicii has filed a High Court challenge claiming that Collide plagiarises his track Fade Into Darkness. The dance producer is seeking an injunction to stop Leona’s song being released on 4 September as planned.
Avicii, real name Tim Berg, first spoke out about Leona’s track last month, claiming that he had been sent a version of Collide by her label, Syco, but had not given permission for it to be released.
A spokesperson for his label, Ministry of Sound, said: "Avicii is an up-and-coming talent; we think he should be given a fair crack at making this record the hit it deserves to be."
The Bleeding Love singer tried to clear her name on Twitter recently, when she wrote: "With regards to my song, avicii was aware & agreeing 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."
The DJ responded to Leona on Twitter: "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."
Collide is due to be the first single on Leona’s third album which is out in November.