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The new Leona Lewis track “Collide” found its way into the world this week and it has to be said that musically it is an unqualified success. That is to say that the world is a better place for having this song among the canon of tears on the dancefloor anthems and one can easily imagine jumping up and down, hands aloft, screaming “CRASH INTO MEEEEEE!” with tear-stained cheeks in a room full of equally as revelsome partygoers.

It is a triumph.

Upon release, however, even not so keen observers noticed that it’s basically Leona warbling over Avicii’s “Penguin,” an instrumental dance track that had yet to gain any serious traction on mainstream radio. Then the plot thickened like someone dumped a pound of corn starch in it when Avicii’s label claimed no prior knowledge of the Leona track or any agreement to license the song which is attached below.

Ministry of Sound, the label in question, went on to say they had been developing the same track for 6 months, now titled “Fade Into Darkness,” with some dude singing over it.

Mud-slinging ensued with Ministry of Sound accusing Syco (Leona’s label) of stealing the song right out from under them and Team Leona claiming that Avicii had long agreed to license the track for a significant cut of the profits.

Whose the winner in the situation dear readers?

The answer is us, the music-listening drama-enjoying public. Not only do we get to watch this clearly UN-level drama unfold before us, we get to do it while listening to the euphoric, if slightly melancholic, screams of one Leona Lewis.

Crash into me, indeed.

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