He claimed his song has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 per cent of We Can't Stop comes from him. 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".
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Michael May (aka Flourgon) sued the singer in federal court in NY. Flourgon's song includes virtually the same line, "We run things, things no run we". 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". "Things no run we". The suit claims cites May's 1988 song, making the case that it was big hit, with a wide audience and considerable sales in the USA and across the Caribbean region.
"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".
Flourgon's track never charted in the USA, and was released four years before Miley was born.
The suit does not specify how much cash May is seeking from Cyrus, 25, but a statement from his lawyers to the News claims he wants $300 million, as well as a trial by jury and for the singer to quit profiting from "We Can't Stop".