Miley Cyrus Sued for Copyright Infringement Over "We Can't Stop"

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

According to Reuters, a Jamaican musician named Flourgon claims Cyrus' 2013 smash hit "We Can't Stop" is a rip off of "We Run Things", a track he recorded around 25 years before.

"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 reads. Things no run we", while the hook in "We Can't Stop" contains the phrase, "We run things.

Miley Cyrus has been accused of cultural appropriation on more than a few occasions, but a current lawsuit is suggesting far more than appropriation took place on her 2013 hit single "We Can't Stop". Reps for Cyrus did not immediately respond to request for comment. Mind you, Flourgon's song never charted in the USA, and it came out 4 years before Miley was born, but anyway. here's his claim.

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They argue that Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content".

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While the complaint did not specify damages, May's lawyers in a press statement described it as a $300 million case. It served as the lead single off Cyrus' fourth studio album "Bangerz", which debuted atop Billboard 200.

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