Miley Cyrus Sued for $300M Over Song Lyric

Artist Flourgon says line in 'We Can't Stop' too similar to his 1988 hit
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2018 11:43 AM CDT
Miley Cyrus performs at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 23, 2017.   (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) "We Can't Stop" is Miley Cyrus' third biggest hit, according to Billboard. And Marie Claire considers it one of her five best songs. A new lawsuit, however, claims it's not exactly hers. Jamaican artist Flourgon (real name Michael May) is suing Cyrus, Sony Music, and RCA Records for $300 million, alleging a line in the 2013 song—"We run things, things don't run we"—rips off a prominent lyric from Flourgon's 1988 hit "We Run Things," per Forbes.

That line goes, "We run things, things no run we." May—who is also suing songwriter Theron Thomas, among others—cites an interview in which Thomas describes the influence of Caribbean culture on his music as evidence that the alleged theft was deliberate. Without the influence of Flourgon's song, "the entire theme of 'We Can't Stop' would be hollow in sound and impact," states the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in New York, per CNN. (Read more Miley Cyrus stories.)

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