Jamaican songwriter Michael May (who goes by the stage name Flourgon) filed the $300 million United States dollars suit yesterday (March 13) in Manhattan, claiming that Cyrus's hit ripped off his 1988 song "We Run Things".
The suit says at the time Cyrus released her song, she had reinvented herself as "edgy" and her new music had traces and hints of urban or Caribbean sound.
Jamaican musician Michael May a.k.a. Flourgon is suing the former Disney Channel star and Sony Music, the company that owns record label RCA, for - wait for it - $300 million because he claims her 2013 hit song, "We Can't Stop", is a ripoff of his tune, "We Run Things", which came out in 1988.
"We Run Things" has been "'a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 percent of [Miley's] "We Can't Stop' comes from him. Flourgon claims that Cyrus infringed on his copyright by using the "we run things" phrase as part of the "We Can't Stop" hook. "Things no run we", while Cyrus's song has the lyric, "We run things, things don't run we".More news: Yet another blizzard buries storm-battered parts of Northeast
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Representatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
May said he sought to protect his work previous year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things". Listen to both songs below and judge the alleged similarities for yourself.
"We Can't Stop" was the first single from Cyrus" career-transforming fourth album "Bangerz". May also is aiming to halt performance and distribution of "We Can't Stop", and seeking a trial by jury for the case.