Jamaican Artist Sues Miley Cyrus Over 2013 Single

Jamaican Artist Sues Miley Cyrus Over 2013 Single

Jamaican Artist Sues Miley Cyrus Over 2013 Single

The lawsuit points to the most obvious similarity: Flourgon's song contains the lyrics, "We run things".

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Flourgon, whose real name is Michael May, claims Cyrus used the line "we run things, things nuh run we" for her song We Can't Stop which was a big seller in 2013.

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"We Run Things" - which hit No. 1 in Jamaica - includes the repeated line, "We run things". You can hear it at the beginning of the song here. He has accused Cyrus of exploiting his his "unique and creative lyrical phraseology in order to establish an overarching and pervasive theme ... in the realm of self-discovery and self-governing". Things no run we", which she sings as "We run things.

May said he sought to protect his work previous year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things".

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May filed a complaint on Tuesday (March 13), Reuters reports, with producers Mike WiLL Made-It and Rock City (Timothy and Theron Thomas), Cyrus' manager Larry Rudolph, plus the labels RCA Records and Sony Music also named in the suit.

"We Can't Stop", from Miley Cyrus' Bangerz, was met with initial public backlash for a variety of reasons including its sexualized portrayal of Cyrus, a former child star, its drug-referencing lyrics, and its alleged reappropriation of African American culture. Compare the two songs below and you be the judge.

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Flourgon insists the song's success wouldn't have happened without "We Run Things", which is why he's asking the court to stop all future sales and performances of "We Can't Stop".

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