Judge Alvin Hellerstein found ‘Loca’ is ‘an illegal copy’ of a 1998 song called ‘Loca con su Tiguere’ by a Dominican songwriter named Ramon Arias Vasquez, DAREH GREGORIAN reports for The New York Daily News.
Who’s loca now?
A Manhattan federal court judge has ruled that the Shakira song “Loca” is a knockoff of another tune by a Dominican songwriter.
In a decision released Wednesday, Judge Alvin Hellerstein found “Loca” is “an illegal copy” of a 1998 song called “Loca con su Tiguere” by a Dominican songwriter named Ramon Arias Vasquez.
Vasquez says he wrote and recorded the song after his sister had gotten caught up in a love triangle between a wealthy suitor and her boyfriend, a “Tiguere” — Dominican slang for “street tough,” the ruling says.
Vasquez said he sang the song for rapper Eduard (El Cata) Bello in 2006 or 2007, when they met outside a rehearsal studio in the Dominican Republic, apparently in hopes of getting Bello to record it.
Bello did — but claimed the song as his own.
“Bello testified that ‘Loca can su Tiguere’ was his song and that the song made him famous,” the judge wrote.
He later took the song to Shakira, who reworked it with him and rapper Pitbull, and put it out on her 2010 album “Sale el Sol.”
The song became a modest hit for Shakira, and spawned a memorable music video where the caliente Columbian is seen rollerblading, motorcycle riding, and shaking her famously honest hips in skintight pants and a bikini top.
Vasquez, Bello and Shakira aren’t parties in the suit.
A record company that owned the rights to the song sued Shakira’s record company, Sony ATV, which declined comment. A trial on damages will be held later this year.
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