According to legal documents obtained by ABC News, Caribbean songwriter Michael May, who performs under the name Flourgon, has sued the singer in NY federal court.
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. Flourgon's song includes virtually the same line, "We run things, things no run we".
Michael May - also known as Flourgon - is suing Cyrus and Sony, plus several songwriters and producers, to the tune of $300 million for allegedly stealing lines from his 1988 track "We Run Things", according to documents obtained by the Daily News. "Things no run we", a phrase May claims to have coined.
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Singer Miley Cyrus performs during the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year show honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 26, 2018. It also called for further sales and performances of the song to stop.
Representatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment via Facebook and Twitter.
Mind you, Flourgon's song never charted in the US, and it came out 4 years before Miley was born, but anyway. here's his claim.
The single "We Can't Stop" is certified platinum and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013.