Carlos Vives and Shakira have enjoyed some serious success with their single “La Bicicleta.” Last summer, the song hit number one on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart. Earlier this year, it won Tropical Song of the Year and Video of the Year at the Premio Lo Nuestro awards. But a Cuban musician is calling a line of the song into question and claiming he was plagiarized. According to Billboard, Livan Rafael Castellanos, who’s stage name is Livam, is suing Vives, Shakira, and 11 other people and agencies because of one line that was plagiarized. The line in question: “Yo te quiero tanto.”
According to the BBC, Livam filed a lawsuit in February after both parties failed to come to a settlement in October of 2016. The lawsuit, which was filed in Shakira’s country of residence, Spain, claims that Vives’ and Shakira’s “que te sueño y que te quiero tanto” was taken from Livam’s “yo te quiero, yo te quiero tanto.”
A rep for Shakira and Vives released a statement to Billboard denying any wrongdoing: “‘La Bicicleta’ is a completely original work and they adamantly reject any allegation to the contrary.”
This isn’t the first time that Shakira has been accused of plagiarism. Back in 2006, Puerto Rican singer Jerry Rivera reportedly claimed Shakira used the horn riff from his song “Amores Como El Nuestro” throughout her hit single “Hips Don’t Lie.” Dominican songwriter Ramon “Arias” Vasquez also claimed that Shakira, El Cata and Sony copied his song when they recorded “Loca.” Vasquez’s case, which went to trial, fell apart when it was discovered that his proof, a cassette tape with song, was a fake.
Check out the two songs below and decide for yourself. Here is “La Bicicleta.”
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And here’s “Yo Te Quiero Tanto” by Livam:
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