On the track about exploring sexual and other personal freedom, Cyrus sings, "And we can't stop / We run things, things don't run we / Don't take nothing from nobody". 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".
Miley Cyrus could end up being hundreds of millions of dollars poorer all thanks to a recent lawsuit. In a lawsuit filed on March 13, May claimed that Cyrus' 2013 banger infringes on his single "We Run Things", which he recorded back in 1988. You check out the two songs below for comparison.
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In the suit, the man claims MiCy stole his "unique and creative lyrical phraseology in order to establish an overarching and pervasive theme ... in the realm of self-discovery and self-governings", according to TMZ. The publication summed up the lawsuit by saying "Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not stopping is the same thing as him saying he 'runs things'". He cited the song lines, "We run things. Things don't run we".
"We Can't Stop" never reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100.
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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".
May wants Cyrus and Sony-owned RCA Records to seize all sales and performances of "We Can't Stop".
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It may be a little hard for Flourgon to make his case though.