Miley Cyrus Settles $300 Million Lawsuit Claiming She Stole Music

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One of the world’s largest news organizations, Reuters, reported on Friday (January 3rd) that Miley Cyrus had settled a $300 million lawsuit that claimed she had stolen a song from 1988 for her 2013 hit “We Can’t Stop.”

The lawsuit came forward in March 2018 from a Jamaican singer/songwriter named Michael May who claimed that her song too similarly resembled his own song “We Run Things” from 1988. He performs under the stage name Flourgon.

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Cyrus wrote the song along with producers Mike Williams, Pierre Slaughter, Theron, and Timothy Thomas. She, RCA Records, her manager, and fellow songwriters/producers were all named as defendants in the lawsuit.

The original reporting of the lawsuit said that May claimed Cyrus’s lyrics were to similar to his own to be a coincidence. Specifically, he says that about 50% of her lyrics stem from his 1988 song.

“A line in ‘We Run Things’ goes ‘We run things / Things no run we,’ while Miley sings, ‘We run things / Things don’t run we,’” CNN reported at the time.

In the nearly two years since the lawsuit was filed, Miley Cyrus has yet to comment or address the lawsuit publicly –  however, Reuters reports that her legal team and the plaintiff (Michael May) have reached a settlement.

The song “We Can’t Stop” was a #1 hit for Miley Cryus off of her Bangerz album and sold more than 5 million copies in the United States alone and was certified platinum in 10 countries.

Check out the news report of the lawsuit when it first was filed below. 

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