The global phenomenon of Ambassador It started in 2020, when the song was released on the album YHLQMDLG From bad bunny; He collaborated with musicians Joel and Randy And the ningo flowshortly after its spread: Tik Tok challenges inspired, rose to the top of most listeners on various platforms, and were also a magnet stimulate And make musicians lose millions.
in that year YHLQMDLG It was the best-selling Latin music album in the United States, it is also the most played globally on Spotify and won a Grammy for Best Latin Music Album or Urban Music Album.
According to the specialized publication Pitchfork, this topic includes at least eight rhythmic changes, five Float rap and 10 years of referenceslike a bus line could you be LovedFrom Bob Marley; synth siren DJ Nelsontape Xtassy Reggae From DJ Goldy; opening line for the wall From Cosculuela with Joel and Randy; sample of SharksFrom Alexis and Fido; GuatemalaFrom plan B; as well as countryside guitar maker Get Ur Freak OnAnd the From Missy Elliott, one of those that has caused more legal disputes.
Missy Elliott gets royalties for ‘Safaera’
In an interview with Jorge Pabón of Mollusco TV, Joel He said that despite the many awards and millions obtained with Safaera, they receive minimal royalties, because the American rapper Missy Elliot File a lawsuit to use Get Ur Freak On.
“I have to tell you the truth, We don’t invest in itis that we made some serious mistakes in production,” he exposes Joelwho composed part of a successful theme that was included in the 2021 list of the 500 greatest songs in Rolling Stone history.
The musician commented that they had to give it up because Missy Elliot found out that they used countryside From Get Ur Freak On“This was the one who kept everything… I asked for a lot of millions of pesos.”
Just when they were in the middle of a struggle, in May 2020, did they have to remove the song from Spotify.
How much does Bad Bunny get paid for ‘Safaera’?
After negotiations, Joel confirmed that an agreement was reached so that Missy Elliott would earn royalties: “They kept everything, what happens is that they can’t legally remove me because I wrote there, Give me one percentOne percent for Randy, etc. Even the bad (rabbit) gets paid like one percent“.
According to Jewell, ironically, the problem was her huge hit: “If that song was a normal song from anyone, out there like the one we made, no one would participate…this song was spoiled because It was very successful“.
In the original deal, he would have received about 20 percent Ambassadorthat means I’ll win 20 times as much: “If I get 20 or 30 thousand pesos, imagine if it just hits me… That song doesn’t stop, it’s crazy, it’s phenomenal.”
In his opinion, the confinement due to the COVID pandemic has had such an effect that they cannot take advantage of it to win concerts at nightclubs or tours.
“Al-Safira”: Success in lawsuits
This is not the last struggle he brought with him popularity Ambassador. In October 2021, Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día reported that AOM . music Lawsuit filed in Los Angeles against Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, Bad Bunny, and his associates for business theft Pedro Gerardo Torillas Britoalso known as Beach DJ.
In the lawsuit, it was alleged that Ambassador Three works by DJ Playero are copyright infringed: Kiss your body, Chucha with an insect And the be cerfull. An amount of up to 150 thousand dollars was requested for each song, the equivalent of more than three million pesos.
According to a Los Angeles Times publication, prosecutors believed the defendants knew it was necessary to obtain licenses for Use of third party businessbecause this showed the fact that Missy Elliott is co-author of Safaera Because of sampling his hit song Get Ur Freak On.
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