Miley Cyrus Announces New Album With Lead Single "Malibu" Coming Next Week
Thu, 04 May 2017 10:04:00
Pop-star Miley Cyrus has just announced a new album, with a lead single called "Malibu" arriving next week. The star features on the cover of Billboard, and in a feature interview in which she chats about the new album, which is currently untitled. She also discusses the influences behind the music, her relationship with Liam Hemsworth, the current political landscape, and her appreciation of Kendrick Lamar.
The singer, whose previous album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, was co-written with Wayne Coyne, and backed by the Flaming Lips, promises that this new album will be her most personal to date. All the lyrics and melodies are hers, and producer Oren Yoel — who co-wrote the track "Adore You" from the 2013 album Bangerz, plays all of the instruments.
Lead single, "Malibu", has been described by writer John Norris as "gimmick-free pop-rock unlike anything she has recorded before," and the rest of the album "adds an unprecedented dose of twang to a mix that includes quiet acoustic turns and epic pop."
The new album contains a song for Hillary Clinton, and another for women in the workplace but Cyrus is reluctant to call the album 'political'. "This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don't give a f***, but right now is not a time to not give a f*** about people,"
"I like the way I think right now. But don't Trump supporters like the way they think? So I've also got to be open with the way I approach people with my opinions. That's the only way to make real change. And it's not because I want to sell records! I know now the ways that don't work. Because I went really hard during the election. But at the end of the day, we lost. We won, but because the system is f***ed up, we lost. I thought, "OK. I learned my lesson on this one.""
In another signal that the singer is composing herself and exploring new behaviors, she shared that she hadn't smoked weed in three weeks. "I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open," she says. "And I was noticing, it's not the people that are stoned. I want to be super clear and sharp, because I know exactly where I want to be … I'm not doing drugs, I'm not drinking, I'm completely clean right now! That was just something that I wanted to do."
So it seems like Ms. Cyrus is once again extending herself in all directions, ambitious, vital and energized — returning to the pop scene with a host of material that will continue to keep the internet talking. We can't wait!
—The ARTISTdirect Staff