Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Miley Cyrus sued for $300 million for allegedly stealing 'We Can't Stop'

Miley Cyrus sued for $300 million for allegedly stealing 'We Can't Stop'

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".

"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"). Gon was a popular dancehall artist in the 1980s and early 90s.

According to Reuters, May has accused the singer of misappropriating his material, pointing to the phrase "We run things".

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Cyrus' song became an global multiplatinum hit, giving her an official pop star breakthrough.

"Cyrus exchanged her trademark "good girl" Disney profile for a gritty and hyper-sexualized image, quite often brazenly and defiantly invoking provocative and obscene statements, lyrics and dress and personal vocalizations to reflect the grittiness, aggression and sultriness associated with US based hip-hop, R&B, urban and Caribbean music", the lawsuit claims.

The suit claims that Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content".

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May is seeking a halt to all future sales or performances of "We Can't Stop", as well as a list of demands equaling upwards of $300 million. The pop star has not yet responded to the lawsuit.

Listen to both songs below and judge the alleged similarities for yourself.

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