AceShowbiz - Miley Cyrus has landed in hot water. The former Disney darling is sued by a Jamaican songwriter Michael May, who performs under the name Flourgon, for an alleged copyright infringement over her single "We Can't Stop".
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. His lawyers argued that Cyrus and her co-writers "substantially incorporated" May's vocal melody, cadence, inflection and vocal rhythm.
In addition, his lawyers claimed that "We Can't Stop" features a "substantially similar hook" and specifically cited the lyrics, "We run things, things don't run we." May also claimed that the songstress stole his "unique and creative lyrical phraseology in order to establish an overarching and pervasive theme... in the realm of self-discovery and self-governing."
Producers Mike WiLL Made It and Rock City, Cyrus' manager Larry Rudolph as well as record labels RCA Records and Sony Music are also named in the lawsuit. May is now seeking a trial by jury, an injunction to halt sales and further performances of the song, damages and attorney's fees.
Reps for Cyrus did not immediately respond to request for comment.
"We Can't Stop" was released on June 3, 2013 through RCA Records. It served as the lead single off Cyrus' fourth studio album "Bangerz", which debuted atop Billboard 200. The song peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 despite receiving mixed reviews from music critics. An accompanying music video for the song was released on June 19 in the same year. It was directed by Diane Martel.
The song won the Choice Summer Song and was nominated for Choice Single: Female Artist at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. Billboard critics listed the song as one of the best songs of 2013 for being "one of the bolder musical choices in recent memory, and that risk paid off tremendously."