Miley Cyrus is being sued for $300 million (£215m) in a copyright infringement case involving her 2013 hit ‘We Can’t Stop’.
‘We Can’t Stop’ was the first single from Cyrus’ career-transforming fourth album ‘Bangerz’. Jamaican songwriter Michael May, who performs under the name Flourgon, claims that the track infringes upon his 1988 single ‘We Run Things’.
May filed a complaint on Tuesday (March 13), Reuters reports, with producers Mike WiLL Made-It and Rock City (Timothy and Theron Thomas), Cyrus’ manager Larry Rudolph, plus the labels RCA Records and Sony Music also named in the suit.
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” and his lyrics, “We run things. Things no run we”.
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.”
‘We Run Things’ reached number one in Jamaica and May says it has been “a favourite for lovers of reggae music worldwide” since.
May is seeking a trial by jury, plus a halt to sales and performances of Cyrus’ song as well as damages and legal fees.
You can see the full complaint here.
Hear both songs below.