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

14 March 2018

A Jamaican songwriter named Michael May has filed a lawsuit against Miley Cyrus, claiming her hit "We Can't Stop" infringes on his intellectual property, a song called "We Run Things".

In the suit, the man claims MiCy stole his "unique and creative lyrical phraseology in order to establish an overarching and pervasive theme ... in the realm of self-discovery and self-governings", according to TMZ.

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The suit goes on to claim that "We Can't Stop" came at a time when Cyrus was trying to reinvent herself as "edgy", and that her album Bangerz is filled with traces of urban and Caribbean sound.

The most recent example reportedly involves Miley Cyrus and her 2013 song "We Can't Stop" - specifically the lyrics "We run things / Things don't run we".

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"The lawsuit also argues: "[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". The song peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 despite receiving mixed reviews from music critics. "Things don't run we".

The Kingston-based dancehall artist said the 25-year-old borrowed heavily from his 1988 track We Run Things, the Daily Mail reports. Things no run we", which she sings as "We run things.

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In addition to seeking $300 million in the case, May is also seeking a halt to subsequent sales and performances of Cyrus' song. The two songs weren't that similar musically, but Thicke had taken inspiration from Gaye, and that was apparently enough for the jury.

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