Avicii & Leona Lewis Controversy Over “Fade Into Darkness”

Posted by on July 17, 2011


Sounds familiar right? Alright so here’s the situation. Everyone and their mother not only had Avicii’s essential mix on repeat during finals, but also couldn’t get enough of that addictive melody featured in “Penguin”. A leak we posted a few days ago entitled “Fade Into Darkness,” surfaced featuring a vocal piece over Penguin’s infectious melody. However, yesterday, a Leona Lewis single entitled “Collide” leaked featuring pretty much the same exact instrumental found on “Fade Into Darkness.” Let the confusion begin…

The Origin:

To keep things easy, let’s start with the origin of the track. The Penguin Café Orchestra was a group of elite performing musicians originally formed by British guitarist Simon Jeffres. The Penguin Café wrote a song called, “Perpetuum Mobile” (posted below) that Avicii clearly sampled in his latest single.
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Perpetuum Mobile

The Confusion:
Apparently the original sample was offered to both Avicii’s team and Leona’s…however, SyCo (Leona’s label headed by Simon Cowell) was informed the song would be Avicii’s next single and was no longer available. Yet, yesterday, Leona Lewis put out her new summer single, which is pretty much an identical copy of “Fade Into Darkness.” However, the production side for Leona Lewis’s track was provided by Sandy Vee, most famous for production on Rihanna’s Only Girl and David Guetta’s Where Them Girls At. This obviously resulted in a lot of confusion and tension. Avicii’s label, Ministry of Sound is obviously accusing SyCo of plagiarizing their track, yet Simon Cowell is disregarding any claims and still pushing to have the official release asap. I clearly support Avicii as he has been playing this track in all of his sets, including his EDC set, and Radio One has been playing it since back in December. Leona Lewis’s camp had to of known this, yet they still continued production of the track. Whether they had the official rights to it or not (which is still unclear and will probably be settled in court) I think that fact that Avicii has had it previewing on the radio for 6 months now, while Leona first previewed it this week stands above anything.

Here’s what Avicii’s team tweeted

Avicii’s management – “We never got to hear the track before it was promoed on radio, how could we clear anything? We’re not amateurs – we don’t sign papers without knowing what [we’re] getting into.” – Ash Pournouri, Manager and Executive Producer of Avicii

Avicii’s Tweets
“To be clear im not taking credit for the melody (everything was cleared with penguin cafe orchestra and simon jeffes who wrote the song)”

He goes on to explain that he’s just upset someone else took credit for the song before they released it. Especially because of how much time his label and himself put into it.

Show your support and join Team Avicii

FinallyKap Slap went ahead and mashed the vocals of the two tracks together which turned out pretty cool and shows how similar these two songs really are. Sorry Leona, I’m on Avicii’s side.

DOWNLOAD: Kap Slap – Penguins Collide Into Darkness (Avicii vs. Leona Lewis)

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  • coil

    why does Avicii need to “sample” someone else’s work so heavily? He can’t make an original house track like that on his own? It’s good but it’s not genius, someone of his popularity and accomplishment should be able to bang something like that out on his own without relying on using other people’s material

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  • Matt

    Honestly its such a catchy melody im surprised no one has used it before. Electronic music involves sampling or remixing, and Avicii obviously remixes other songs too, so why should this be set to another standard.

  • Brozz

    Agreed he’s no genius. My Feelings For You, wasn’t even sampled it was a pretty what every other DJ would call a remix. Here is the original…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOTXZKLrPzw

    But on the other hand Daft Punk sampled pretty much every song they ever did.

  • Brozz

    Agreed he’s no genius. My Feelings For You, wasn’t even sampled it was a pretty what every other DJ would call a remix. Here is the original…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOTXZKLrPzw

    But on the other hand Daft Punk sampled pretty much every song they ever did.

  • Apoopys

    Listening to the source music (an orchestral piece), it’s obvious both teams have reproduced the piano riff and accompanying chord (progression).

    Taking that as the source, the only way either teams can progress, is to put an electronic drum track onto it and come up with a melody and vocals over the existing chord structure.

    Because of this constraint, it’s obvious both versions are going to sound extremely similar. It’s like two teams writing a new melody and lyrics over the chord progression of Coldplay’s Clocks and also retaining the signature piano riff. There’s only so much differentiation that can be achieved in this situation.

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  • The mash up sounds great.

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  • None

    who cares both songs suck

  • Anonymous

    Dear Asshole, AVICI IS A REMIXER, TIM BERG IS THE PRODUCER. thank you very much 🙂 learn the difference

  • jewce

    avicii and tim berg are the same people…

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  • Djsmooney

    are you for real 80% of the music is sampled thats a ridiculious statement to make, even more in house music

  • Djsmooney

    are you for real 80% of the music is sampled thats a ridiculious statement to make, even more in house music

  • Djsmooney

    are you for real 80% of the music is sampled thats a ridiculious statement to make, even more in house music

  • Djsmooney

    are you for real 80% of the music is sampled thats a ridiculious statement to make, even more in house music

  • Djsmooney

    are you for real 80% of the music is sampled thats a ridiculious statement to make, even more in house music

  • Djsmooney

    and just so you know CASSIUS sample this hes the real Original
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOI0BZIecVw

  • Djsmooney

    and just so you know CASSIUS sample this hes the real Original
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOI0BZIecVw

  • Djsmooney

    and just so you know CASSIUS sample this hes the real Original
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOI0BZIecVw

  • Djsmooney

    and just so you know CASSIUS sample this hes the real Original
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOI0BZIecVw

  • Djsmooney

    and just so you know CASSIUS sample this hes the real Original
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOI0BZIecVw

  • Blokko7

    Somehow doubt that this was sanctioned by Simon Jeffes – he died in 1977 😉

  • Blokko7

    Sorry, can’t type – should read 1997…

  • Duff_

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! funny.

  • Off

    Are you kidding me? Everything that is on the US top 40 list sampled from something. If you listen to people like Lewis or anyone else on that list, you have no right complaining about genres you know fuck all about.
    Also you do understand that Lewis is only famous for winning x-factor? The only thing she can do is sing, whic isn’t a very rare talent. And everything she sings if made by someone else. She has nothing to with the music that she sings on top of.

  • mordi

    Dude, that really proves your ignorance. As Djsmooney states almost all music nowadays is sampled from something. And especially those fucking mainstream songs who all end up on MTV. fool

  • DjAlpot’

    Do you want a very good song? Listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTwGI-7fsmI

  • Hyper

    Why not sample another track? It’s not like in making this he can now only make one less original track. In the end, music is for listening. Avicii had an idea for something that would sound nice, and regardless of whether it takes inspiration from something else, it’s fair enough that he share what he envisioned.