Former Disney star Miley Cyrus has announced new music during her cover feature in Billboard Magazine. This will be her first album since 2015’s Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which went straight to Soundcloud.
It is safe to say that Cyrus has gone through various phases in her 11-year career – from the innocent Hannah Montana days to the infamous twerking in barely-there clothing. Now she unveils her latest venture in growing up: going back to her country roots. Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, told Billboard, “This is Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard.”
The Nashville-born singer is pictured in frilly dresses and not much makeup
on a far cry from her 2013 era. She has even admitted to being clean by giving up drink and narcotics. According to her, this is a result of her evolving, and so is the music.
Her new single, Malibu, is dropped on the 11th of May. The song is a summary, guitar-inspired love song – possibly about her fiancé, actor Liam Hemsworth. It’s got the right amount of pop to make it commercial and not overly produced to give it an authentic push. She has since released a stripped-back country song, Inspired, which she performed at the One Love Manchester benefit concert.
Whilst the album is as yet untitled and a release date is yet to be announced, Billboard teased that one of the ten tracks off the album is about Hillary Clinton and women in the workplace. However, the rest of the album is more personal than political.
Despite the commercial success she’s had with previous singles such as Wrecking Ball (13 weeks at number one on the Billboard Chart), Cyrus is not aiming for radio play with this album. “My main concern isn’t radio,” she says, “I truly don’t even listen to it.”