Not even 24 hours after its release, Shakira’s “BZRP Music Sessions #53” with Bizarrap is raising eyebrows and leaving mouths agape for far more than her fiery one-liners. The Venezuelan singer-songwriter Briella compares melodic similarities from her song “Solo Tú” to Shakira’s new diss track.
“Truth be told, I think Shakira was inspired by my song ‘Solo tú’ for her Bizarrap session,” she said in an Instagram post that reveals the likeness of the tracks. “My song was released six months ago and went viral here on TikTok.”
“I am not making this video with the intention of looking for problems,” she continues. “I am a lifelong fan of Shakira. I am a fan of Biza’s work. I am really in shock; I don’t know what to do.”
In her Instagram stories, she followed up by saying that she hasn’t analyzed it just yet but that the songs are similar based on the chorus alone. She mentions that it’s almost “an honor” for her to be plagiarized by Shakira since she’s a lifelong fan. She also says that if her song was used as any kind of inspiration or a sample, that she would love to get credit for it since she’s a composer, and it would be very valuable to her.
Social media users are expressing their opinions about the situation. An Instagram user divi_music wrote: “Sue, friend !!! No matter how much of a fan you are !!! Your creation should be respected and if she wanted to use it, she should have bought the rights, and that’s it !!!! If it was the other way around they do not forgive!!!!
While some agree with the alleged plagiarism, others think of it as a coincidence. An Instagram user sara_reckziegel said: “I think they are very commonly used words and very short fragments to talk about plagiarism. The tone is not too particular either to allege something like that. It is probably just a coincidence.”
Furthermore, other social media users are bringing up how common the melody is. A Twitter user posted a video demonstrating how the rhythm is similar to Briella’s song, but other tracks too, such as The Cardigan’s “Erase/Rewind. A TikTok user, yurguenoficial, posted a video showing how the same melody sounds from other tracks including “Dangerous in Love” by K-pop group Secret Number, “Me & The Rhythm” by Selena Gomez, and “Married to Your Melody” by Imanbek and Salem Iles.
The Venezuelan singer’s original TikTok post on the matter currently has 10.3 million views and over 46.5 thousand comments. Briella’s “Solo Tú” performance video currently has 1.1 million views on YouTube. Both the original song and the song’s remix are found under her most popular tracks on Spotify.
On the other hand, Shakira and Biza’s collaboration has over 32 million views and is currently in the No. 1 position on YouTube’s Trending for the music section.
Neither Shakira nor Bizarrap have acknowledged the Venezuelan artist’s claims.