Back in the Bangerz days of 2013, Miley Cyrus found herself a huge hit with “We Can’t Stop” — but according to a hefty new copyright infringement lawsuit, she shouldn’t be taking credit for the track.
Jamaican songwriter Michael May (who goes by the stage name Flourgon) filed the $300 million USD suit yesterday (March 13) in Manhattan, claiming that Cyrus’s hit ripped off his 1988 song “We Run Things.”
Producers Mike WiLL Made It and Rock City, Cyrus’s manager Larry Rudolph, and labels RCA and Sony have all been named in the complaint.
May’s lawyers claim that Cyrus and her team used his vocal melody, rhythm, cadence and inflection in a “substantially similar hook.” They specifically point to similarities between Cyrus’s refrain of “We run things / Things don’t run we” and May’s lyrics: “We run things / Things no run we.”
His lawyers went on to contend that Cyrus’s 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.”
Listen to both songs below and judge the alleged similarities for yourself.