A lawsuit has come in like a wrecking ball on Miley Cyrus, who faces legal action for supposedly lifting seven words off another song’s lyrics for her 2013 hit, We Can’t Stop.
Five years after We Can’t Stop made its debut, Michael May—who goes by the stage name ‘Flourgon’—has stepped up to claim that the former Disney star copied the lyrics of his 1988 single, We Run Things, and is asking for US$300 million under the lawsuit.
The Jamaican artiste accused Cyrus and her record label, RCA Records, of stealing the stanza, “We run things. Things no run we.”
In We Can’t Stop, Cyrus sings, “We run things. Things don’t run we.”
According to Reuters, May filed for copyright protection of his song at the US copyright office last year.
“[We Can’t Stop] owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May’s protected, unique, creative and original content,” explained May.
Quite ironically, he has also demanded that Cyrus stop all performances of We Can’t Stop.