Earlier this year Swedish DJ Avicii was caught in a very public battle with UK popstar Leona Lewis over the use of a sample from the DJs track Penguin for the singers single Collide. After a number of Twitter messages and out-of-courtroom discussions, Lewis' Syco label released the Collide single as a joint venture, "Leona Lewis / Avicii"
Weeks later after all the drama the single debuted at #4 in the UK and slowly but surely, disappeared dismally out of the charts.
Avicii went on to release a vocal edit of the original Penguin track, re-titled Fade Into Darkness. Whilst the track peaked at #4 in his Swedish homeland, it failed to do much elsewhere (reaching a measly peak of #196 in the UK).
Move forward a few months and I feel like we have a case of deja vu.
US rapper Flo Rida has just premiered the video for his new single Good Feeling, the lead from his upcoming fourth studio album Only One Rida (Part 2). The single features a typical Flo ensemble - the Florida native jamming in his In The Ayer kinda way, with a female vocalist belting away in the chorus (insert here Wynter Gordon/Ke$ha/Nelly Furtado/etc).
Where's the deja vu? Flo's Good Feeling samples Avicii's current hit, Levels.
Levels, which samples the Etta James classic Something's Got a Hold On Me, is Avicii's latest house number which has been circulating clubs worldwide for a number of weeks, maybe months now. Search over the ARIA Club Charts and you'll see that the track is sitting pretty at #1 in Australia, and has been for a few weeks.
So, does Flo have Avicii's permission this time or do we expect to see another Twitter battle of who owns what??? Who knows!
And of course, an even bigger question... which track do you prefer more? Take a listen to both and let me know via the comments section below.
Both Levels and Good Feeling are available digitally today [iTunes]