As of 2013, Miley Cyrus supposedly can’t stop. But someone is attempting to put an end to all that. According to a March 14th Forbes.com report, Cyrus is being sued for $300 million due to copyright infringement. Jamaican dancehall artist Michael May, who goes by the stage name Flourgon, claims that Cyrus’ 2013 chart-topper “We Can’t Stop” sounds awfully similar to his 1988 song, “We Run Things.”
We listened to the tracks ourselves, and tbh, the songs don’t sound all that similar. However, Flourgon isn’t suing Cyrus for directly lifting his lyrics or melody.
So the suit is more about how “we can’t stop” is similar thematically to “we run things, things don’t run we.” But — but?
Flourgon is suing Cyrus, her writers, her manager, RCA Records, and Sony in order to keep “We Can’t Stop” off the market. And honestly, we’re confused here. Because lots of songs have similar themes. By this logic, any artist who has ever, say, written a song about heartbreak, or falling in love, is guilty of copyright infringement — because so many artists have done the same before them. And plenty of songs have the specific “pervasive theme” of asserting individuality and rejecting others’ authority.
With Flourgon’s logic, any artist who has ever written a song about their own independence could be stealing his “pervasive theme” of “self-discovery and self-governings.”
Give both tracks a listen and see what you think.
We’re interested to see how this turns out…