15 March, 2018
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. According to TMZ, Michael May - who performs under the name Flourgon - has claimed that Miley stole "unique and creative lyrical phraseology in order to establish an overarching and pervasive theme.in the realm of self-discovery and self-governings".
Even though I want Miley Cyrus to face the consequences of all her questionable antics, especially after she suggested that "hip hop was too vulgar", I can't wholeheartedly say that the two songs bear any resemblance at all.
May's specific complaints include an assertion that "We Can't Stop" has a "substantially similar hook" to "We Run Things". He points to his own 1988 song "We Run Things", and has argued that the American pop star borrowed from it heavily for her own track. Things no run we", which she sings as "We run things.
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Flourgon's track never charted in the United States, and was released four years before Miley was born. The song allegedly became a cultural hit and garnered significant sales and popularity both domestically and in the Caribbean region.
Flougron may have a case after he won "formal copyright protection" from the USA copyright office for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things" last November.
The 25-year-old singer did not immediately respond to the lawsuit, which also seeks to prevent her from further performances of "We Can't Stop".