Miley Cyrus Is Being Sued For Allegedly Lifting 'We Can't Stop' Lyrics

Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform a medley of

Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform a medley of"We Can't Stop and"Blurred Lines at the 2013 VMA's. Thicke was similarly accused of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye

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".

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Flourgon, whose real name is Michael May, claims Cyrus used the line "we run things, things nuh run we" for her song We Can't Stop which was a big seller in 2013. He has accused Cyrus of exploiting his his "unique and creative lyrical phraseology in order to establish an overarching and pervasive theme ... in the realm of self-discovery and self-governing". Furthermore, the Jamaican artist reportedly won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things" back in November. In addition, his lawyers claimed that "We Can't Stop" features a "substantially similar hook" and specifically cited the lyrics, "We run things, things don't run we".

He points to his own 1988 song "We Run Things", and has argued that the American pop star borrowed from it heavily for her own track. "Things don't run we".

Representatives for both Miley and Sony are yet to respond to their request for comment. It was the lead single from her 2013 album Bangerz.

Producers Theron and Timothy Thomas are also named in the suit, as May alleges that the pair openly admitted they were inspired by Caribbean music and would sometimes borrow melodies from island songs. May also is aiming to halt performance and distribution of "We Can't Stop", and seeking a trial by jury for the case.

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