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". Things no run we", which she sings as "We run things.
In the suit, May alleges that Cyrus's lyrics, namely the line, "We run things, things don't run we", are blatantly copped from his tune, and that she unlawfully borrowed his "vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection".
In Cyrus's song, the lyrics in one of the choruses are: "And we can't stop/And we won't stop/We run things, things don't run we/Don't take nothing from nobody/Yeah, yeah".
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The suit claims that Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content".
May wants Cyrus and Sony-owned RCA Records to seize all sales and performances of "We Can't Stop".
Cyrus "dramatically changed her style of dress and personal vocalizations to reflect the grittiness, aggression and sultriness associated with US-based hip-hop, R&B, urban and Caribbean music", the lawsuit said. It was the lead single from her 2013 album Bangerz.
A representative for the defendants didn't immediately return an email seeking comment. It peaked at No. 2 - behind Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" that also lost a multi-million lawsuit to Marvin Gaye's estate.