Colombian hotshot singers, iconic Shakira
SHAKIRA DEFENDS SONG: #Shakira appeared in a #Madrid court to defend her song #LaBicicleta against allegations of plagiarism. #LivanRafaelCastellanos claims it's similar to his 1997 track #YoTeQuieroTanto. pic.twitter.com/lTD9SW3t4w— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) March 27, 2019
Shakira smiled as she entered the court in downtown Madrid. She didn’t answer reporters’ questions.
Shakira and Vives refuted the allegations by Livan Rafael Castellanos that “La Bicicleta” — which means “The Bicycle” in English — contains lyrics, rhythm and melody similar to those of his 1997 song, “Yo te quiero tanto.”
Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, told the judge that Castellanos’ song “is nothing like … La Bicicleta, the melody is different, the music is different, the subject matter is different,” according to private Spanish news agency Europa Press.
life was so simple when shakira dropped this banger— ahmed (@afsamra) March 27, 2019
“My (song) talks about my homeland, it’s a salute to my homeland — Barranquilla, Colombia — not Cuba,” Shakira said, according to Europa Press. “It’s different.”
“La Bicicleta” won two of the three biggest Grammy Latino awards for 2016, including song and record of the year.
Vives told reporters he welcomed the chance to clear his name.
Castellanos claimed that music experts supported his claim of plagiarism. “Let’s see whether we can finally get to the bottom of this and justice can be done,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
Sony Music, which released “La Bicicleta,” made no immediate comment on the case.
The court is expected to deliver its verdict in 20 days.
Shakira deserves more credit from the gp. She writes and produces all her music and even in many languages. She’s such an intellectual and actually produces quality music. pic.twitter.com/O8eTAX72rr— 🖤𝒮𝒽𝒶𝓇𝓀🖤 (@saIeIsoIs) March 27, 2019