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

Lawrence Kim
March 14, 2018

In a suit filed in the Southern District court of NY yesterday, May claims that Cyrus's 2013 Bangerz hit "We Can't Stop" owes "approximately Fifty Percent (50%) of the substantive content", as well as its "chart-topping popularity to and...highly-lucrative success", to his 1988 Jamacian hit "We Run Things".

The suit goes on to claim that "We Can't Stop" came at a time when Cyrus was trying to reinvent herself as "edgy", and that her album Bangerz is filled with traces of urban and Caribbean sound. Flourgon claims that Cyrus infringed on his copyright by using the "we run things" phrase as part of the "We Can't Stop" hook. Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not the same thing as him saying he runs things.

He claims his 1988 hit has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" for three decades now, and Miley's million-seller "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content".

Singer Miley Cyrus performs during the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year show honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 26, 2018.

Representatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The suit claims cites May's 1988 song, making the case that it was big hit, with a wide audience and considerable sales in the USA and across the Caribbean region.

While the complaint did not specify damages, May's lawyers in a press statement described it as a $300 million case.

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