Miley Cyrus Sued by Jamaican Artist for Allegedly Stealing 'We Can't Stop'

Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million by a Jamaican reggae artist who says she stole his song.

A Jamaican artist has filed a $300 million lawsuit against pop star Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit "We Can't Stop", saying a key lyric was snatched from him.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a federal court in NY, said the lyrics belonged "distinctly" to Flourgon with "roots in Jamaican Patois with its own unique phraseology and linguistic combinations that, when translated into English, is not grammatically correct". "Things no run we", a phrase May claims to have coined.

Miley Cyrus has been accused of cultural appropriation on more than a few occasions, but a current lawsuit is suggesting far more than appropriation took place on her 2013 hit single "We Can't Stop".

This lawsuit is no party in the United States of America for the singer.

Flourgon's track never charted in the U.S., and was released four years before Miley was born. Which is admittedly very similar to a line Cyrus sings in We Can't Stop, which reads "We run things, things don't run we".

Producers Theron and Timothy Thomas are also named in the suit, as May alleges that the pair openly admitted they were inspired by Caribbean music and would sometimes borrow melodies from island songs.

Representatives for the singer and Sony did not respond to requests for comment.

"The lawsuit also argues: "[Cyrus' song] owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content".

  • Gwendolyn Kim