Shakira And Carlos Vives Accused Of Song Theft

Carlos Vives

(Radio.com) Shakira and Carlos Vives have been accused of plagiarizing another song for their mega-hit "La Bicicleta" which took the Latin pop world by storm, topping the charts and spawning an adorable viral campaign last year: It even won Latin GRAMMY Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

In a Spanish court, singer Livam (Livan Rafael Castellanos) filed a complaint against the artists, alleging they borrowed lyrics and melody from his 1997 song 'Yo Te Quiero Tanto."

Livam's chorus uses the phrase 'yo te quiero tanto," while 'La Bicicleta" employs the line 'que te sueño y que te quiero tanto." According to El Mundo, a music witness for Livam has testified that the rhythm and melody are the same. Livam reportedly sent the song to various publishing houses before hearing it on the radio, without his permission. Read more here.

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