Miley Cyrus has been enjoying a relatively drama-free year, but that might be about to change with the latest lawsuit she’s received. Last Tuesday, March 13, Cyrus was hit with a $300 million copyright lawsuit from Jamaican songwriter Michael “Flourgon” May. He claimed Cyrus’s chart-topping hit “We Can’t Stop” closely resembles his song “We Run Things,” which is a reggae song that hit number 1 in Jamaica in 1988.
May accused Cyrus and her label, RCA Records, of misappropriating his song, specifically his lyric “We run things // Things no run we,” which Cyrus sang as “We run things // Things don’t run we” in “We Can’t Stop.” May also said in the lawsuit that Cyrus’ single “owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity … and its highly lucrative success to May’s protected, unique, creative and original content.” Furthermore, he claimed that “about 50 percent of ‘We Can’t Stop’ comes from him,” notably citing the “We run things // Things don’t run we” lyric.
Cyrus is credited as a writer on the track, alongside Mike “Mike Will Made It” Williams, Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters, Pierre “P-Nasty” Slaughter, Theron and Timothy Thomas (a.k.a. Rock City), and Douglas “Doug E. Fresh” Davis.
Reuters, the news agency who first reported the lawsuit, also reported that May is seeking a halt to further sales and performances of “We Can’t Stop.” Cyrus has yet to respond publicly to the lawsuit.
In our belief, it’s a little shady that this lawsuit has popped up at this time in 2018 when “We Can’t Stop” turns five years old this year. If May thought his song was being ripped off, why did he not file the lawsuit back in 2013 when “We Can’t Stop” hit number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100? Time will tell what will become of this lawsuit, but we don’t think he’s going to be happy with the results.
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