Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by Jamaican songwriter Michael May, who claims the singer's 2013 hit "We Can't Stop" infringes upon a song he released in 1988 called "We Run Things", according to Reuters. Producers Mike WiLL Made It and Rock City, Cyrus' manager Larry Rudolph as well as record labels RCA Records and Sony Music are also named in the lawsuit.
In that song, May sings, "We run things / Things no run we". Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not stopping.is the same thing as him saying he runs things. "Things no run we", while Cyrus's song has the lyric, "We run things, things don't run we".
May's lawyers argue that Cyrus' song "substantially incorporated" his "vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection", pointing to a "substantially similar hook" and alleged similarities between Cyrus' refrain, "We run things". May also said in the lawsuit that Cyrus' single "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity ... and its highly lucrative success to May's protected, unique, creative and original content".More news: Vikings QB Keenum to sign with Broncos
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The 25-year-old singer - whose single hit the number one spot in the United Kingdom when it was released in 2013 - has been accused of stealing the track by a Jamaican musician, who is seeking to stop all further performances and sales.
A rep for Cyrus and RCA told Variety the parties decline to comment on pending legislation. The song peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 despite receiving mixed reviews from music critics.