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Puerto Rican recording artist Bad Bunny is facing a $40 million lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend.
Carlisle de la Cruz accused Hernandez of recording the phrase “Bad Bunny Baby” on her phone in 2015, before she became famous and before they broke up.
The phrase appeared in the Puerto Rican single “Ba De” in 2017 and in the song “Dos Mill 16” in 2022.
Bad Bunny is the most streamed artist on Spotify in the past three years.
Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Martinez Ocasio, has not publicly responded to de la Cruz’s legal action. It was offered in Puerto Rico earlier this month.
The two began a relationship in 2011 while working at a supermarket and the two began making music, the suit says.
He says De La Cruz recorded it Various versions say the phrase “Bad Bunny Baby”. Using a voice memo app in the bathroom of a friend’s house, she sent them to Martinez because it was a quiet room.
The singer used the recordings in a series of opening tracks on Soundcloud and later added them to “Pa Ti,” which has garnered more than 355 million views on YouTube and 235 million streams on Spotify.
De la Cruz’s lawyers said Puerto Rican representatives offered to buy the rights to the phrase for $2,000 just days before Bad Bunny’s latest album, “Un Verano Sin De,” was released last year.
She refused The album was released in his voice.
“Un Verano Sin De” was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, and the song “Dos Mill 16” has over 60 million views on YouTube and 280 million streams on Spotify.
De la Cruz claims her recording was also used in concerts, arguing that its use is “gross negligence, bad faith and, worse yet, an attack on your privacy, decency and dignity”.
De La Cruz says that since Bad Bunny’s last album came out, thousands of the singer’s followers have commented on her social media accounts and talked to her about the matter when they see her in person.
“It caused de la Cruz and continues to cause it Anxiety, nervousness, panicking, feeling overwhelmed and anxious”Refers to a legal document.
“De la Cruz’s situation became unmanageable and soon required him to contact multiple psychologists for help,” the lawsuit states.
The couple broke up in 2016 and then, in 2017, they got back together briefly.
De La Cruz is also suing Bad Bunny’s record label, Rimas Entertainment, and the singer’s manager, Noah Asad.
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