Michael May said about 50 percent of Cyrus' 2013 hit came from his 1988 song "We Run Things", Reuters reported. Things no run we", which she sings as "We run things. He says that Cyrus' song imitates "We Run Things"' "overarching message of defiance", as well as "substantially incorporat [es]" aspects of May's vocal style and rhythms. In translation, Flourgon thinks Miley's pronouncement of not being able to stop is equivalent to saying that he runs things. He cited the song lines, "We run things".
Reps for Cyrus did not immediately respond to request for comment.
He said 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".
According to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, the man also wants all sales, distribution and performances of "We Can't Stop" to stop until the case is settled.
The singer/songwriter performed a memorably provocative dance routine on stage with Robin Thicke at the annual awards bash, and she believes that her steamy performance marked a major turning point in American culture and in her own life.
"Cyrus exchanged her trademark "good girl" Disney profile for a gritty and hyper-sexualized image, quite often brazenly and defiantly invoking provocative and obscene statements, lyrics and 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 claims. "It inspired me to use my platform for something much bigger".