"We Can't Stop", the debut single off her infamous 2013 album Bangerz, is now the subject of a lawsuit aimed at the singer, filed by Jamaican dancehall artist Flourgon. He says that Cyrus' song imitates "We Run Things"' "overarching message of defiance", as well as "substantially incorporat [es]" aspects of May's vocal style and rhythms. Flourgon claims that Cyrus infringed on his copyright by using the "we run things" phrase as part of the "We Can't Stop" hook.
Flourgon, whose real name is Michael May, is seeking $300 million from Cyrus, her label Sony Music and her team of songwriters and musicians - a highly ambitious sum that is more than the pop star's estimated net worth.
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.
Now: "We Run Things", which is a great song, sounds absolutely nothing like "We Can't Stop", which is not.
Mind you, Flourgon's song never charted in the USA, and it came out 4 years before Miley was born, but anyway. here's his claim. The song allegedly became a cultural hit and garnered significant sales and popularity both domestically and in the Caribbean region.
Representatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.