Miley Cyrus sued for allegedly stealing 'We Can't Stop' lyrics

Flourgon's track never charted in the U.S., and was released four years before Miley was born.

Miley Cyrus has been slapped with a multi-million dollar lawsuit from a Jamaican reggae singer who claims the pop star ripped off his signature track in her smash hit single "We Can't Stop". The publication summed up the lawsuit by saying "Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not stopping is the same thing as him saying he 'runs things'". Which is admittedly very similar to a line Cyrus sings in We Can't Stop, which reads "We run things, things don't run we".

In the suit, May alleges that Cyrus's lyrics, namely the line, "We run things, things don't run we", are blatantly copped from his tune, and that she unlawfully borrowed his "vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection".

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

Dancehall legend Flourgon has filed a $300 million lawsuit against Miley Cyrus for jacking his lyrics.

A representative for the defendants didn't immediately return an email seeking comment. Flourgon is suing Miley and Sony to block further distribution, sales, and performances of "We Can't Stop". and, of course, for money.

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While the complaint did not specify damages, May's lawyers in a press statement described it as a $300 million case.

"We Can't Stop", from Cyrus' album "Bangerz", peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.

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