Daniel Merriweather Backs Off Celine Dion Song Theft Accusation
Merriweather wrote the song with Eg White for his 2009 album, "Love & Water" which featured guest vocals from Adele. He reportedly became upset after learning Dion praised Adele for the song, according to Noise 11.
Dion has recorded a version of the song as the title track and lead single for her comeback album, which is set to be released in October. Merriweather posted a new Facebook update addressing the controversy.
He writes, "I want to clear some things up. In hindsight, i was wrong to say that Celine 'stole' my song, from a songwriting point of view this is not the case at all… and really was not the point i was trying to make…
"It turns out that she didn't realize that 'Water and a Flame' was my song from my album 'Love & War', instead she thought it was an Adele song.
"She should've just done her homework before she decided to cover my song… name her album after it… and then publicly imply credit to the featured act on the song (Adele). I get that Adele is a major artist and that the association helps her sell albums, but Adele is my friend; and she guested on my song, simple and plain, and that should've been acknowledged before Celine decided to rewrite history".