Lawsuit says Miley Cyrus stole 'We Can't Stop,' seeks US$300 million

Michael May a.k.a. Flourgon. June 1989

May, who sings under the stage name Flourgon, sued Cyrus in a federal court in NY, according to The Blast. In a lawsuit filed on March 13, May claimed that Cyrus' 2013 banger infringes on his single "We Run Things", which he recorded back in 1988.

He claimed his song has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 per cent of We Can't Stop comes from him.

May's lawyers argue that Cyrus' song "substantially incorporated" his "vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection", pointing to a "substantially similar hook" and alleged similarities between Cyrus' refrain, "We run things. Things don't run we". "Things don't run we". The lawsuit carries hefty demands, with an injunction to halt sales and further performances of the song, a full-fledged trial by jury, along with damages and attorney's fees.

He said 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".

We've put both tracks side-by-side, and - the blatant lifting of Lesley Gore's excellent 1963 emo classic "I'll Cry If I Want To" aside - it doesn't seem like Miley has too strong a case to answer.

"Cyrus exchanged her trademark "good girl" Disney profile for a gritty and hyper-sexualized image, quite often brazenly and defiantly invoking provocative and obscene statements, lyrics and dress and personal vocalizations to reflect the grittiness, aggression and sultriness associated with US based hip-hop, R&B, urban and Caribbean music", the lawsuit claims.

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