Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Miley Cyrus Is Being Sued Over Her 2013 Single 'We Can't Stop'

Miley Cyrus Is Being Sued Over Her 2013 Single 'We Can't Stop'

In a suit filed in the Southern District court of NY yesterday, May claims that Cyrus's 2013 Bangerz hit "We Can't Stop" owes "approximately Fifty Percent (50%) of the substantive content", as well as its "chart-topping popularity to and...highly-lucrative success", to his 1988 Jamacian hit "We Run Things".

In Cyrus's song, the lyrics in one of the choruses are: "And we can't stop/And we won't stop/We run things, things don't run we/Don't take nothing from nobody/Yeah, yeah".

Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 song "We Run Things" has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 percent of "We Can't Stop" comes from him. You can hear it at the beginning of the song here.

Funnily enough, "We Can't Stop" was kept from hitting #1 back in 2013 by "Blurred Lines", itself very much the recent precedent for these musically-dubious, legally-murky copyright claims. "Things no run we", a phrase May claims to have coined. "Things don't run we".

"We Can't Stop" was written and produced by Mike Will Made It, P-Nasty, and Rock City, with additional writing from Cyrus as well as Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick (presumably because the song's chorus borrows a line from their 1985 track, "La Di Do Di"). The song allegedly became a cultural hit and garnered significant sales and popularity both domestically and in the Caribbean region.

"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.

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