Enrique Iglesias accused of plagiarism
Enrique Lglesias Accused of Plagiarism. Singer Enrique Iglesias is accused of theft over his 2014 hit song \"Bailando\". The song is said to be plagiarised from the song \"Quiero Bailar Contigo\".
Los Angeles: Singer Enrique Iglesias is accused of theft over his 2014 hit song "Bailando". The song is said to be plagiarised from the song "Quiero Bailar Contigo".
Cristian Escuti and German Schulz claimed they recorded a track in 2009 under the name of "Quiero Bailar Contigo", reports TMZ.
The songwriters didn't register a copyright of the song. They then sent "Quiero Bailar Contigo" to a Sony executive in 2012. However, they reportedly didn't hear anything back from the studio, following which came Enrique Iglesias' 2014 song "Bailando".
His song, which features Descemer Bueno and Cuban duo Gente D' Zona, is allegedly a rip-off from the original 2009 song recorded by Escuti and Schulz.
The songwriters reportedly revealed Sony partially owns "Quiero Bailar Contigo". Escuti and Schulz were specifically concerned with the chorus line, melody, lyrics and rhythm of "Bailando", which have been allegedly taken off from "Quiero Bailar Contigo".
William Trueba of a Miami law firm represents Escuti and Schulz.
"The chorus line in our clients' song is very similar to the chorus in 'Bailando'. The music and lyrics are similar," Trueba told billboard.com.
TMZ claimed they have asked him for a copy of the 2009 song, but Trueba reportedly declined under the request of his clients.
Iglesias' "Bailando" is now under investigation for the alleged copyright infringement. Escuti and Schulz are reportedly seeking damages and profits gained from "Bailando".
Iglesias' song has so far earned 686 million views on video-sharing website YouTube and is believed to be his popular song of his album "Sex and Love". The song has been at the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Latin songs chart for 39 weeks now.