Singer Shakira was in court in Madrid to respond to accusations made by Cuban singer and producer Liván Castellano Valdés.
The singer Shakira was today in the court of Madrid, Spain, to respond to the accusations of plagiarism of the theme "The Bicycle" made by the Cuban singer and producer Liván Castellano Valdés, in the beginning of 2017.
Carlos Vives, who collaborated with the Colombian singer, who is also accused of plagiarism, will be heard on Thursday, legal sources told EFE news agency.
Liván Rafael Castellano Valdés says that the song "La bicicleta" copies fragments of his 1997 song "Yo te quiero tanto tanto".
In the music of Shakira and Carlos Vives, the choir sings "I love you and I love you so much", and Livan's phrase is "I love you, I love you so much".
The Cuban singer argues in his lawsuit that he sent Carlos Vives, through the music company Sony ATV, a "sample of the song for him to sing", but the singer "decided to reproduce a fragment" of it without his permission.
The complaint was filed by Cuban composer and producer Liván and its publisher Maryla Dianick Romeu (MDRB Music Publishing) against Shakira, Carlos Vives, Andres Eduardo Castro, Sony Music Publishing Latina and nine other producers.
The song "La bicicleta", recorded by Carlos Vives and Shakira and produced by Andrés Castro, won the Latin Grammy for Best Song in 2016 and has sold more than 210,000 copies worldwide.
This is not the first time Shakira has been involved in a plagiarism charge since in 2014 a New York judge ruled that the single "Loca" (Spanish version) was after all a plagiarism of a song by the Dominican Ramón Arias Vázquez, whose rights belonged to Mayimba Music.