Posted by jewcebox on July 26, 2011
This controversy is old news, but with what looks like a soon to be official release of this track, here’s a brief explanation of what happened. Flo-Rida dropped a song featuring him rapping over Avicii’s “Levels” or “ID” which left people confused to say the least. Had everyone’s favorite new comer Avicii already sold out? Did Flo-Rida see the rising potential and amazing melodies found in Avicii and decide to seize the opportunity before someone else did? Thankfully, Avicii hadn’t sold out and Flo-Rida had used the track without permission. To take control of the situation, Avicii took matters to Twitter. He fired back with a few different tweets explaining that he did not in fact give Flo-Rida permission to use the track and there was not a collaboration in the works.
However, this snippet of Flo-Rida & Taio Cruz just leaked which features the same key as Avicii’s “Levels/ID” with different synths, but fades into Avicii’s track at one point. The transition is awful which is clearly why this is a snippet and still not the final cut, but it leaves the possibility of them sampling Avicii’s track. Hopefully before the song is officially released they’ve figured out the instrumental or cleared things with Avicii’s camp this time, unlike the Leona Lewis case.
Regardless looks like we’ve got a huggeee radio banger in the works from two of the premier hit makers, Flo-Rida & Taio Cruz.
Posted by jewcebox on July 19, 2011
Originally wasn’t going to post this, but as much as I hate the fact Afrojack remixed Leona’s version; it’s a dirrtyy remix. If you’re still not up to speed on the whole Avicii vs. Leona Lewis case, check out the article we wrote earlier this week here. Judging by Afrojack’s tweets, it seems like Afrojack’s a tad jealous of Avicii’s recent fame and therefore supporting Leona on the case…after the tweets pictured above he went on to tweet congratulations to “@Leonalewismusic. Pretttttyy damn sure he should have a fellow DJ’s back in this case over Leona’s Lewis’s and pretttyyy damn sure he wouldn’t be feeling the same way if he was in Avicii’s shoes. So uh Afrojack, sick song but uh, karma’s coming at you like this ice cream truck…all day #teamavicii.
DOWNLOAD: Leona Lewis – Collide (Afrojack Festival Remix)
DOWNLOAD: Avicii – Fade Into Darkness
Posted by jewcebox 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…
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
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
“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.
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Finally…Kap 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)