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‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer sued for lying about artistic inspiration

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2013 | Business Litigation

Romantic relationships come and go. For international superstar Shakira, a relationship that ended has begun business litigation between her and her ex. He claims that he deserves a significant amount of money for some of the Argentinean star’s most successful hits.

Shakira fans in the U.S. are most familiar with her songs such as “Hips Don’t Lie,” “She Wolf” and “Whenever, Wherever.” Now, she is a staple of the hit reality singing competition The Voice. Her ex-boyfriend claims Shakira owes him money for one of her biggest hits, “Hips Don’t Lie,” as well as another of the star’s songs that was featured in the 2010 World Cup.

The ex-boyfriend is suing Shakira for $100 million because he argues that he is part of the reason why two of the artist’s songs gained so much success. He claims, and Shakira reportedly confirms, that he pushed the singer to do “Hips Don’t Lie” despite the fact that she didn’t like it right away. The plaintiff also claims that he is the inspiration behind “Waka Waka.”

Business matters like this can be complex. Based on reports, it doesn’t appear as though the couple had any business contracts between them, and that could make it difficult for the plaintiff to prove his case and get the millions that he believes he deserves. It would be another story and type of case if the two had been married over the course of Shakira’s successes, but the two reportedly only dated for a year.

This business dispute is yet to be heard in court. We will post an update when there is a new development.

Source: E! Online, “Shakira sued for $100 million by ex-boyfriend,” Bruna Nessif, April 17, 2013