On Tuesday, March 13th, Miley Cyrus found herself embroiled in an expensive lawsuit between herself and a Jamaican songwriter named Michael “Flourgon” May. Michael claims that her song, “We Can’t Stop,” is far too close to his song, “We Run Things,” according to a report from Reuters.
In a report published by the company, the track, “We Run Things,” has been incredibly popular with admirers of reggae music all over the globe. It was the number one song back in 1988.
Miley’s chart-topper is supposedly inspired by his own, in fact, Michael said that about 50% of the song is plagiarized. Miley’s tune hit the Billboard Hot 100 at Number 2 back in the summer of 2013.
The 25-year-old is credited as just one of the many songwriters of “We Can’t Stop,” including infamous hip-hop producer, Mike Williams, Pierre Slaughter, Theron and Timothy Thomas, Douglas Davis, and Ricky Walters.
Additionally, the Jamaican songwriter claims that Miley and her record label, RCA Records, illegally used one of the lyrics including the part that says, “We run things / Things no run we.”
Michael May alleges that Miley’s song was successful mostly due to his “unique, creative, and original content.” As a result of his accusations, he’s asking for the song to no longer be for sale in his native Jamaica.
As you may know, copyright infringement in the music industry is an issue that’s typically hard to prove, due to the subjective nature of songwriting and art in general.
Another legendary artist to face similar criticism is the hard-rock band, Led Zeppelin, who supposedly stole the opening riff for the song, “Stairway to Heaven” from a group called Taurus whom they toured with back in the 1970’s.