Miley Cyrus in the official video for 2013’s ‘We Can’t Stop’; Photo: Vevo/YouTube


According to ABC News, pop singer Miley Cyrus has been accused of stealing the lyrics to her 2013 hit song “We Can’t Stop,” featured on the album Bangerz.

Caribbean singer songwriter Michael May (a.k.a. Flourgon) claims that Cyrus stole the lyrics “We run things/Things don’t run we” from his 1988 song “We Run Things,” which contains the lyrics “We run things/Things no run we.”

The suit also claims that Cyrus copied his “vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection,” and that both songs emphasize themes of “defiance” and “self-discovery.”

May is asking that Cyrus stop performing the song, and is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. According to CNNMoney his lawyer Stephen Drummond said that $300 million would be “a reasonable compensation.”

It’s not totally uncommon for lyrically similarities to arise, and in many instances it comes across as a shakedown from someone looking to cash in. In a recent case involving Taylor Swift, a judge ruled that the lyrics to “Shake It Off” were too “banal” to be copyrighted.

“We Can’t Stop” debuted at number 11 on the Billboard top 100, and in this instance the lyrics between the two songs appear to be only vaguely similar. But it’s perhaps the cadence and the style that might end up burying Cyrus in the end.

Representatives for Cyrus and Sony did not return any request for comments.