A report from Fox News says singer and actress Miley Cyrus was hit with a $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit on Tuesday. A Jamaican songwriter says the Cyrus’ hit “We Can’t Stop” closely resembles a song he recorded 30 years ago, according to reports.
Fro mFox: Michael May said about 50 percent of Cyrus’ 2013 hit came from his 1988 song “We Run Things,” Reuters reported. May accused Cyrus and Sony-owned RCA Records of misappropriating his material. He cited the song lines: “We run things. Things no run we,” which Cyrus sings “We run things. Things don’t run we.”
“[Cyrus’ song] owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May’s protected, unique, creative and original content,” the lawsuit stated, according to Reuters.
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.
Cyrus’ rep and RCA would not comment on the pending lawsuit, according to Variety.
Miley Cyrus was a teen idol, starring as the character Miley Stewart on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. She also has a singing career, having racked up five number-one and eleven top-ten albums on the US Billboard 200.
Cyrus’ film career includes voice acting in the animated film Bolt (20 ), and in feature films Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) and The Last Song (2010). Cyrus has been featured as a coach on the singing competition series “The Voice” as well.
Cyrus has been the subject of controversy over the years for explicit lyrics and questionable antics as she’s shed the wholesome image she established during her Disney days to create a highly-sexualized persona.
A comparison of “We Can’t Stop” and “We Run Things” may be heard in the video below. NOTE: the video includes scenes from Cyrus’ music video, which has sexually suggestive scenes.