Jamaican Artist Sues Miley Cyrus Over 2013 Single

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Miley Cyrus has found herself at the centre of a freaky infringement lawsuit linked to a track released four years before she was born.

Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 song "We Run Things" has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 percent of "We Can't Stop" comes from him. Things don't run we" and his lyrics, "We run things. Producers Mike WiLL Made It and Rock City, Cyrus' manager Larry Rudolph as well as record labels RCA Records and Sony Music are also named in the lawsuit. As the title of the song might suggest, May also objects to Cyrus' use of the phrase "We run things, things don't run we", which he claims is an interpolation of his song's central patois-derived line, "We run things".

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"We Can't Stop", the debut single off her infamous 2013 album Bangerz, is now the subject of a lawsuit aimed at the singer, filed by Jamaican dancehall artist Flourgon. "Things don't run we".

Flourgon's lawyer claims that "We Can't Stop" "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content". May is now seeking a trial by jury, an injunction to halt sales and further performances of the song, damages and attorney's fees.

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Cyrus has yet to publicly comment on the issue. Mind you, Flourgon's song never charted in the USA, and it came out 4 years before Miley was born, but anyway. here's his claim.

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