A Jamaican artist has filed a $300 million lawsuit against pop star Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit “We Can’t Stop,” saying a key lyric was snatched from him.
On the track about exploring sexual and other personal freedom, Cyrus sings, “And we can’t stop / We run things, things don’t run we / Don’t take nothing from nobody.”
Flourgon, a Jamaican dancehall artist who enjoyed hits in the 1980s and 1990s, said the turn of phrase was taken from his 1988 song “We Run Things,” whose lyrics include, “We run things / Things no run we.”
Flourgon, whose real name is Michael May, is seeking $300 million from Cyrus, her label Sony Music and her team of songwriters and musicians — a highly ambitious sum that is more than the pop star’s estimated net worth.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a federal court in New York, 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.”
Flourgon said Cyrus built her career off the single, noting that it came out around the time that the former star of the Disney series “Hannah Montana” was adopting an edgier, more sexualized public persona.
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.
The 25-year-old singer did not immediately respond to the lawsuit, which also seeks to prevent her from further performances of “We Can’t Stop.”
The pop starlet has faced accusations in the past of appropriating black culture, especially when she twerked her behind against singer Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013.
“We Can’t Stop” coincidentally only reached number two on the US singles chart because it was held back by Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which was targeted in a landmark lawsuit.
Thicke and co-writer Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay more than $7 million to the estate of Marvin Gaye after a jury found similarities to his song “Got to Give It Up.”
But a judge recently rejected a lawsuit revolving around lyrics against Taylor Swift, saying that the words in her song “Shake It Off” were too banal for copyright infringement.
Dr Sid drops The Interesting EP
Nigerian singer and Mavin artiste, Sidney Esiri also known as Dr Sid has released his long-awaited EP titled “The Interesting EP” on Friday, May 8, 2020.
‘Interesting EP’ houses 5 solid tracks and features rapper, MI Abaga alongside, Don Jazzy, LadiePoe, and Eyango.
The EP was released as Mavin Records celebrated 8 years anniversary after it was established by Don Jazzy on May 8, 2012.
The label’s inception came to fruition following the closure of Mo’ Hits Records which was owned by the producer and D’banj.
The label is home to recording artistes such as Korede Bello, Dr SID, D’Prince, Di’Ja, Johnny Drille, Ladipoe, DNA Twins, Rema, and Crayon.
It also houses producers such as Jazzy himself, Altims, and Baby Fresh and in 2014, DJ Big N became the label’s official disc jockey.
Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Reekado Banks, and Iyanya were all formerly signed to the label.
View this post on Instagram
Roze’s ‘Ileke’ beats Simi’s ‘Duduke’, tops Nigeria iTunes songs
The latest single “Ileke” by the Nigerian US-based music duo, Roze has hit number one spot on the Nigeria iTunes top songs beating the likes of Simi’s “Duduke”, Adekunle Gold’s “Something Different” and even other international stars like Drake, Adele, Wiz Khalifa among others.
Roze, made up of two brothers, Row and Zuwa Agbonayinma dropped the single and video “Ileke” on all digital platforms on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 and it has since caught fire for its melodic rhythm, powerful vocals and enthralling beat. The title of the song “Ileke” simply means the African waist beads but beyond that, the duo explores the function of the ornament in relation to a woman’s bum and how it defines and accentuates it during dance.
After practically sending the social media into a meltdown with rendition of cover of Rema’s latest single “Beamer” in April, Row and Zuwa definitely are writing their own story of greatness with “Ileke,” shooting themselves to the top of the reef in less than 5 days of the release of the song.
The Top Ten songs on the Nigeria iTunes are Roze’s Ileke at number one, Simi’s Duduke at number two, followed by EESKAY’s Sanitize, Seun Moon’s Ileke, Ladipoe and Simi’s Know You, Natalie Taylor’s Surrender, Hanno’s No Doubt (Featuring Realzy), Sokid’s Away, Adekunle Gold’s Something Different and Mayorkun’ Of Lagos.
Ileke was produced by top producer, Mekoyo and the video was put together by Clarence Peters.
When the duo did a cover of Mavin’s Rema’s “Beamer” back in April the ovation for them was so loud even Don Jazzy himself had to commend them for the effort. Some people who saw the cover on Instablog9ja begged the Mavin’s boss to organise a remix of the song, collaborated between Rema and Roze.
The music duo, born Eghosa Rodney Agbonayinma (ROW) and Osazuwa Michael Agbonayinma (ZUWA) popularly known as Roze are children of politician and music lover, Hon Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma. They were born in Houston, Texas, January 11, 1998 and July 30, 1999 respectively.
Their other songs include like Too Much, All These Things, The Whole Night, Good things, Impressions, Stranded and Patience.
Roze is signed to U&I Music owned by their father
New Song: Broda Shaggi – ‘Gbedu’
Nigerian Ace Comedian cum singer, Broda Shaggi as he released a brand new song titled “Gbedu”.
The song was taken off his recently released extended playlist, ‘Fine Boy Agbero Vol. 1 EP’.
Ighalo to become Africa’s highest paid footballer ever as Chinese club offers him £400,000 (N190m) per week
Three siblings kill their brother in Imo
JUST IN: Chief Imam of Egbaland is dead
We’ve issued identity numbers to 41 million Nigerians- NIMC
Parrot who heard victim’s last words reveals how two men raped, murdered her
Full text of US letter demanding probe of Akinwumi Adesina
Nobody asked of Cynthia all this years, now everybody wants to help, Funny bone says
My eight-day detention was horrible, wife of journalist arrested because husband criticised Lai Mohammed
How to identify a gentleman- Ghanaian counsellor Adofoli teaches ladies
Do face masks made from clothes prevent Covid-19? NAFDAC provide answers
Man who leaked Buhari’s speech before nationwide broadcast has been caught
Rolls-Royce to cut up to 8,000 Jobs
I will resign from Buhari’s government if… – Keyamo
Man, brother in-law beat wife’s ‘boyfriend’ to death
Kaffy pens down painful tribute to Kodak
Kim Jong-un may have faked his death to expose traitors in his circle- Report
I nearly committed suicide over N20m debt – Real Warri Pikin
Armed men on motorcycles attack Lekki security guards (video)
Corpse of actress Destiny Etiko’s dad arrives Enugu for burial [Video]
Video: I have three chronic health conditions and I’m a Covid-19 survivor – Nigerian lady
My baby likes big ass so I’m getting another butt surgery – Bobrisky
Video: CCC member ties son in sacks, locked him inside wardrobe for four days as punishment for stealing
Policeman shoots Nigerian, one other dead in Ghana
There’s no coronavirus in Nigeria – Pastor David Ibiyomie
health3 days ago
Osun hospital detains 19-year-old new mom over N150,000 bill as husband flees
Entertainment3 days ago
55th birthday: Veteran Nollywood Actress, Ngozi Ezeonu, celebrates in style
General3 days ago
Joe Biden’s #YouAintBlack comment reveals deeply rooted, pernicious racism – Nigerian rapper
Entertainment3 days ago
Graphics designer in tears as Davido shares his work on social media
News3 days ago
Covid-19: Presidency bars Eid-el-Fitr homage to Buhari
Politics3 days ago
Judge sacks Yahaya Bello as Kogi governor but it won’t stand
Metro3 days ago
Warri: Man kills self after impregnating his daughter
Metro3 days ago
Pakistan plane plunges into Karachi residential structures, kills 97