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Leona Lewis settles song complaint to release single
Leona Lewis has secured the rights to release
her new single after reaching an out-of-court settlement with a
Swedish DJ who accused her of plagiarism.
Dance music producer Avicii, real name Tim
Bergling, was scheduled to take his case to London's High Court on
Monday (08Aug11) after he alleged Lewis had sampled his song
Penguin on her latest track, Collide, without his permission.
But the legal issue has now been dismissed
after Lewis' label bosses at Simon Cowell's Syco Music agreed to
release the song under both of the artists' names.
A statement issued by a Syco representative
on Tuesday (16Aug11) reads: "It is announced today that Leona Lewis
and Avicii will work together on the forthcoming single
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Avicii
adds, "Glad to have finally resolved situation with Leona. So happy
to move on with Leona and focus on having a hit together."
The single is scheduled for release in the
U.K. on 4 September (11).