They specifically point to similarities between Cyrus's refrain of "We run things / Things don't run we" and May's lyrics: "We run things / Things no run we".
"We Run Things" - which hit No. 1 in Jamaica - includes the repeated line, "We run things". Reps for Michael May who performs as Flourgon claim that "We Can't Stop" "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content".
Miley Cyrus is being sued for $408 million by reggae singer Flourgon over her 2013 hit We Can't Stop.
Cyrus' song became an worldwide multiplatinum hit, giving her an official pop star breakthrough.
May is not the first artist to try claim ownership of lyrics; Taylor Swift frequently files to trademark lines from her songs.
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Now: "We Run Things", which is a great song, sounds absolutely nothing like "We Can't Stop", which is not.
We Can't Stop, from Cyrus' album Bangerz, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, with the single Wrecking Ball a major smash too.
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.
In the suit, Flourgon argued that Miley Cyrus undergo some drastic changes in "her style of dress and personal vocalizations to reflect the grittiness, aggression, and sultriness associated with US-based hip-hop, R&B, urban and Caribbean music".
A representative for the defendants didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.