Miley Cyrus sued by Flourgon for $408m over song lyrics

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 14, 2018

Michael May, who had a Jamaican hit single in 1988 under the name Flourgon, said his "We Run Things" has been misappropriated for Miley's hit single, claiming half the song is stolen. In court documents, Flourgon has accused Miley of stealing his "unique and creative lyrical phraseology" in order to "establish an overarching and pervasive the realm of self-discovery and self-governings".

May's lawyers argue that Cyrus' song "substantially incorporated" his "vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection", pointing to a "substantially similar hook" and alleged similarities between Cyrus' refrain, "We run things". Flourgon is suing Miley and Sony to block further distribution, sales, and performances of "We Can't Stop". and, of course, for money.

More specifically he zeroes in on the phrase "We run things, things no run we", which Miley changed to, "We run things, things don't run we".

He said Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content".

A Jamaican songwriter named Michael May has filed a lawsuit against Miley Cyrus, claiming her hit "We Can't Stop" infringes on his intellectual property, a song called "We Run Things". 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.

She has attempted to claim the likes of "this sick beat"; "party like it's 1989"; "cause we never go out of style"; and even "The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. because she's dead" for use on merchandise.

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