Miley Cyrus sued for $300M by Jamaican artist over 'We Can't Stop'

Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills California

Miley Cyrus is being accused of stealing from a Caribbean songwriter for her hit "We Can't Stop" and he wants a court order prohibiting her from continuing to profit off the infringing song.

In the suit, May alleges that Cyrus's lyrics, namely the line, "We run things, things don't run we", are blatantly copped from his tune, and that she unlawfully borrowed his "vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection".

Michael May, who had a Jamaican hit single in 1988 under the name Flourgon, said his "We Run Things" has been misappropriated for Miley's hit single, claiming half the song is stolen. You can hear it at the beginning of the song here. Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not the same thing as him saying he runs things. "Things no run we". "Things don't run we".

"[Cyrus' song] owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content", the lawsuit stated, according to Reuters.

The credits for "We Can't Stop" list seven people, including Miley, her producer Mike WiLL Made-It and the two brothers who comprise the duo R. City.

May is seeking a trial by jury, plus a halt to sales and performances of Cyrus' song as well as damages and legal fees.

"We Can't Stop", from Miley Cyrus' Bangerz, was met with initial public backlash for a variety of reasons including its sexualized portrayal of Cyrus, a former child star, its drug-referencing lyrics, and its alleged reappropriation of African American culture.



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