Miley Cyrus Accused Of Ripping Off Jamaican Dancehall Singer’s Song

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March 13, 2018 | 10:10pm EST

Miley Cyrus has found herself at the center of a bizarre infringement lawsuit linked to a track released four years before she was born.
Jamaican dancehall artist Michael May, aka Flourgon, claims the pop star’s 2013 hit We Can’t Stop was heavily inspired by his song We Run Things, which was released in 1988.
In court documents, Flourgon has accused Miley of stealing his “unique and creative lyrical phraseology” in order to “establish an overarching and pervasive theme… in the realm of self-discovery and self-governings”.
Flourgon, who claims the track was a big hit in the Caribbean, is suing Miley and Sony to block further distribution, sales, and performances of We Can’t Stop, and for compensation to the tune of $300 million.
He claims Cyrus’ song “owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May’s protected, unique, creative and original content”.
We Can’t Stop, which featured on Cyrus’ album Bangerz, reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013.
Ironically, it was kept off the top of the countdown by Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, which was to become the subject of a lengthy court case between Thicke and songwriter Pharrell Williams and the children of soul legend Marvin Gaye, who claimed the hit borrowed heavily from their father’s 1977 tune Got to Give it Up.
Thicke and Williams were ordered to pay the soul singer’s estate $7.3 million after a judge ruled their hit ripped off Gaye’s tune. The musicians are currently appealing the verdict.