Miley Cyrus settles $300 million lawsuit with Jamaican songwriter over claims she stole lyrics

Michael May, known as Flourgon, took the American singer to court over the matter


MILEY CYRUS has settled a $300 million lawsuit with Jamaican songwriter Michael May, also known as Flourgon, over claims she stole his lyrics for her hit song We Can’t Stop.

The singer was accused of stealing the lyrics from May, who wrote the song We Run Things in 1988.

Flourgon’s We Run Things reached Number 1 in Jamaica when it was released.

In the lawsuit, filed in 2018, May accused Miley of creating a song that bore close resemblance to his own earlier hit.

May’s We Run Things features the lyrics sung in Jamaican patois: “We run things, things no run we. Anything we done, it haffi done properly.”

He claimed that Cyrus and Sony’s RCA Records, her label, had misappropriated lyrics such as “We run things, Things no run we”. Cyrus’s song featured an extremely similar line sang as “We run things. Things don’t run we.” This was followed by the lyrics: “Don’t take nothing from nobody.”

The settlement figure has not been made public.

Cyrus’ song We Can’t Stop appeared on her album Bangerz. It reached the Number 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 2013, but fell short of the top spot which was occupied by Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I.

Blurred Lines was subject to a separate major copyright case.

Marvin Gaye’s family sued Thicke and Williams over claims that their song copied the Motown legend’s Got To Give It Up.

The courts ruled in favour of Gaye’s family and awarded them a $5 million (£3.5 million) payout as well as 50 per cent of future royalties from Blurred Lines.

Listen to a comparison of Cyrus’ and Flourgon’s songs below.

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