Did Miley Cyrus steal a song? US$300m lawsuit claims “We Can’t Stop” was theft

14 March 2018

Even as 2017 presented a back-to-basics Miley Cyrus, the sizzling dance-pop of her past may have come back to haunt her.

'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.

Born Michael May, the artist claims the song infringes on his single 'We Run Things', released in 1988. The lawsuit carries hefty demands, with an injunction to halt sales and further performances of the song, a full-fledged trial by jury, along with damages and attorney's fees.

May's lawyers claim that large elements of the song are "substantially similar" to 'We Run Things', including the song's hook, vocal melody, cadence, inflection and vocal rhythm.

Cyrus has yet to publicly comment on the issue.

Do you think the lawsuit is justified? Compare the two songs below and you be the judge.

Do legal papers excite you? You can view the full complaint here. (Strangely, Miley's birth name is more out-there than her stage name!)

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