The new hairdo. The Snoop Lion collabo track about smoking weed. Spanking strippers on national TV: Former Hannah Montana goody two-shoes Miley Cyrus is amidst a major image makeover, and her just-released single "We Can't Stop" is said to be the sonic representation of that transformation. Listen above.
It's a bouncy pop track, which is familiar territory for Miley, but spiced up with thumping, hip hop sounds. Think "Party in the U.S.A." but with more bass and slow-mo rap vocal effects, courtesy of Mike Will Made It, the producer behind hit singles for Ciara ("Body Party") and Kelly Rowland ("Kisses Down Low").
Cyrus is sassier than ever, though, delivering party-themed lyrics with swag: "To my homegirls here with the big butt / Shakin' it like we at a strip club / Remember only God can judge us / Forget the haters 'cause somebody loves ya." (FYI, there are no molly references, as widely reported. According to RyanSeacrest.com, which premiered the single, Miley sings, "So la da da di we like to party / Dancing with Miley," not molly).
The song's sound isn't as drastic a sonic shift as, say, "Dirrty" was for Christina Aguilera. But it's a better path to artistic cred than yelling "I can't be tamed!" over and over, which Miley did on her 2010 single.
Cyrus has been working on her upcoming LP with Pharrell, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa, Hit-Boy, Sean Garrett and Tyler, the Creator, so there's potential for super-awesome hip hop/pop hits. We're impatiently awaiting more!