Bad Bunny sued for $40M by ex-girlfriend over song sample – National

Fans already know the artist’s breathtaking catchphrase “Bad Bunny, baby,” but the Puerto Rican-born rapper now has at least one from his ex-girlfriend who claims he used a recording of her voice without permission. A $40 million lawsuit has been filed.

Carlis de la Cruz Hernández said he recorded audio for Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Martinez Ocasio, before he rocketed to international fame. lawsuit sued in Puerto Rican courts. She claimed she invented the phrase.

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The lawsuit, first reported by Puerto Rican news website NotiCel, alleges that unauthorized recordings are being used in the 29-year-old singer’s song, Patty from 2017 Dosmir 16, Featured on the Grammy-winning album Un Verano Sin TiThese tracks have been streamed at least 235 million times each on Spotify.

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According to the lawsuit, De La Cruz alleged that her “Bad Bunny, Baby” voice has been used for numerous promotions, worldwide concerts, television, radio and social appearances.

De La Cruz said she was inundated with messages and comments about unauthorized recordings because of her “distinct voice.”

“Since then, thousands of people have commented directly on Carlisle’s social media networks, commenting on ‘Bad Bunny, baby’ every time she goes to a public place. Cruz feels worried, distressed, threatened, overwhelmed and anxious,” reads the lawsuit.

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De la Cruz is also suing Martinez’s manager, Noah Kamil Asad Byrne.

Neither Martinez nor Assad have publicly commented on the lawsuit.

During legal proceedings, de la Cruz claimed that the reggaeton singer’s representative contacted her in May 2022. Un Verano Sin Ti released. She said her representative offered her $2,000 for her voice recording. At this point, the “Bad Bunny, baby” voice had already been used in her 2017s. Patty.

De la Cruz allegedly refused to be paid on the grounds that he was clearly not happy with his voice being featured. She said the song was published without her consent anyway.

“Because de la Cruz made it clear that he did not consent to its use, its disclosure constitutes gross negligence, malice, and worse, an attack on the privacy, morality, and dignity of all parties. Despite knowing these facts, I decided to be reckless and break the law,” the filing reads.

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The lawsuit outlines the relationship between de la Cruz and Martinez. Martinez supposedly started dating in 2011, but before he signed with the label Rimas Entertainment. At the time, de la Cruz claimed to be responsible for managing the artist’s boyfriend’s bills, contracts, and schedules.

She said she recorded the audio for “Bad Bunny, Baby” in a bathroom at a party in 2015. Because it was the quietest room at the time.

The pair ended their relationship in 2017, a year after Martinez asked to marry de la Cruz.

In February, Martinez won a Grammy Award for Best Music Urbana Album. Un Verano Sin TiThe album was also nominated for the coveted Album of the Year Award, but narrowly lost. harry’s house By Harry Styles.

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