When it comes to celebrities that like to shock their fans by any means necessary no one comes closer than former Disney star Miley Cyrus. Her wildly popular television series Hannah Montana was the millennial’s version of Jem and the Holograms, with Cyrus living a double life as a normal kid and one of the biggest stars in the world. And all it took was throwing on a blonde wig. I guess that also made her the millennial version of Clark Kent as well, right?
Well in any case Cyrus has long since left behind her squeaky clean Disney image and has fought long and hard to let everyone know she’s a complete bad @$$ by transforming from a pop princess into a harder edged, grimy singing chick that’s used a variety of influences for her music including Hip Hop, Country and Hard Rock, among others. But one of her biggest hits, ‘We Can’t Stop’ landed Cyrus in a world of legal trouble that needed to be addressed.
Unfortunately, the song title is very misleading because Cyrus could, very much indeed, be stopped when it was discovered that she may have used an uncleared sample for her hit song from 2013’s Bangerz. Rolling Stone reports that Cyrus and her label were attempting to be clever by rewording a phrase from a song by Jamaican artist Flourgon.
The lawsuit, filed in 2018, was made by Jamaican songwriter Michael May, who alleged that “We Can’t Stop” replicated his 1988 track “We Run Things.”
May, who performs under the moniker Flourgon, claimed that Cyrus and her label, Sony Corp’s RCA Records, stole material such as the hook “We run things. Things no run we,” which she performed as “We run things. Things don’t run we,”
The ironic instance that ties both of these songs together is the fact that the only thing in life that really runs things is cash. Which is what Cyrus and her legal team found out after agreeing upon a settlement.
Miley Cyrus has reached a settlement in the $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit that accused the singer of stealing her 2013 hit “We Can’t Stop.” Cyrus’ lawyers previously revealed a settlement agreement had been made in a December 12th letter that would be filed “pending payment of the settlement proceeds.” Terms of the settlement were not revealed.
And luckily for Cyrus the amount of cash allocated is good enough for all parties involved.
Together, May, Cyrus and Sony – along with a production team that includes Mike Will Made It – filed documents in Manhattan federal court on Friday to dismiss the lawsuit “with prejudice,” which is a final judgment that stops the plaintiff from filing the lawsuit again.
Cyrus has yet to comment on the outcome of the lawsuit.