Shakira Sued by Cuban Artist for Plagiarism

Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives recently appeared a Madrid, Spain court to defend themselves from another Cuban-born singer and producer, Livan Rafael Castellanos, who claims that both of them plagiarized his work in their award-winning hit "La Bicicleta."

Both Shakira and Vives refuted the allegations by Castellanos that "La Bicicleta", which means The Bicycle in English, contained interpolations to his 1997 song, "Yo te quiero tanto."

Shakira, AKA Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, claims that Castellanos' song "is nothing like ... La Bicicleta, the melody is different, the music is different, the subject matter is different,"

She continued, "My (song) talks about my homeland, it's a salute to my homeland — Barranquilla, Colombia — not Cuba," "It's different."

Shakira and Vives both won 2 GRAMMY Latino awards back in 2016 for La Bicicleta.

We'll find out what the court decides when it announces the verdict in 20 days.

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