Miley Cyrus sued by Flourgon for $408m over song lyrics

Anita Tucker
March 15, 2018

In the suit, Flourgon argued that Miley Cyrus undergo some drastic changes in "her style of dress and personal vocalizations to reflect the grittiness, aggression, and sultriness associated with US-based hip-hop, R&B, urban and Caribbean music".

"We Run Things" - which hit No. 1 in Jamaica - includes the repeated line, "We run things".

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".

"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"). Things no run we", which she sings as "We run things.

Miley Cyrus has been accused of cultural appropriation on more than a few occasions, but a current lawsuit is suggesting far more than appropriation took place on her 2013 hit single "We Can't Stop".

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Representatives for the singer and Sony did not respond to requests for comment.

Miley Cyrus could end up being hundreds of millions of dollars poorer all thanks to a recent lawsuit. He's filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

May is seeking a potential $300 million in damages, according to a statement from his legal team provided to Reuters.

"We Can't Stop", from Cyrus' album "Bangerz", peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.

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