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15 March 2018, 05:40 | Nina Hammond
According to Reuters, May has accused the singer of misappropriating his material, pointing to the phrase "We run things".
May, whose stage name is Flourgon, said his song has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since it topped the charts in Jamaica.
May's specific complaints include an assertion that "We Can't Stop" has a "substantially similar hook" to "We Run Things".
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a federal court in NY, said the lyrics belonged "distinctly" to Flourgon with "roots in Jamaican Patois with its own unique phraseology and linguistic combinations that, when translated into English, is not grammatically correct".
Jamaican songwriter Michael May (who goes by the stage name Flourgon) filed the $300 million Dollars suit yesterday (March 13) in Manhattan, claiming that Cyrus's hit ripped off his 1988 song "We Run Things". 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'". The song allegedly became a cultural hit and garnered significant sales and popularity both domestically and in the Caribbean region.
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.
A representative for the defendants didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.
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.
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