Miley Cyrus sued for $300 million for allegedly stealing 'We Can't Stop'
15 March, 2018, 05:40 | Author: Gary Shelton
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.
The plaintiff, Michael May, better known by his stage name Flourgon, claims in the suit that "We Can't Stop" closely resembles his 1988 reggae track, "We Run Things".
May's specific complaints include an assertion that "We Can't Stop" has a "substantially similar hook" to "We Run Things".
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Per The Hollywood Reporter, the US$300 million lawsuit also names Cyrus's record label, RCA Records, and her co-writer and producer on the song, Mike Will Made-It.
The singer from Jamrock goes by Flourgon, and in his lawsuit he says Miley's 2013 song borrows heavily from his tune, "We Run Things". Things no run we", which she sings as "We run things.
In the court documents, May notes he won "formal copyright protection" in November with the US Copyright Office for all musical arrangements in his song.
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Mind you, Flourgon's song never charted in the US, and it came out 4 years before Miley was born, but anyway. here's his claim.
Representatives for both Miley and Sony are yet to respond to their request for comment.
May is seeking a halt to all future sales or performances of "We Can't Stop", as well as a list of demands equaling upwards of $300 million.
"We Can't Stop", from Miley Cyrus'Bangerz, was met with initial public backlash for a variety of reasons including its sexualized portrayal of Cyrus, a former child star, its drug-referencing lyrics, and its alleged reappropriation of African American culture.
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