Miley Cyrus is back! But she's not the wild child, black culture-appropriating, Wayne Coyne-obsessed, weed-loving problem starter that we've come to known her as. The singer is now scrubbed clean of her unicorn dildo outfits and messy space buns, and seems to be returning to her down home country roots. Cyrus recently spoke to Billboard about what to expect from her musical comeback.
First off, the singer isn't smoking anymore. “I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open," she explains. "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.” This new mindset will be reflected in her new single "Malibu," which is set for a May 11 release. She continued,
"When I want something, it’s fucking easy for me. But if anyone told me not to smoke, I would have not done it. It’s because it was on my time. I know exactly where I am right now. I know what I want this record to be. And not in the sense of manipulation—wanting something from my fans or the audience, like some slimy thing—'How do I get attention?' I never thought about that. Dude, I was shocked that people gave a fuck about the [MTV Video Music Awards in 2013, when she performed with Robin Thicke] -- the twerking, the teddy bear. It’s a totally different time, and I don’t think that would freak people out anymore."
The single is described as a "breezy love song" and "gimmick-free pop-rock unlike anything she has recorded before" that was inspired by her relationship with fiancé Liam Hemsworth. The couple was first engaged in 2012 but soon broke things off. Last January, sources revealed they were back together again. "They’re going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam. So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, 'This is how I feel?'" Cyrus tells Billboard. "I needed to change so much. And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you’re like, “I don’t recognize you anymore.” We had to refall for each other."
Along with changing up her look, Cyrus is changing what she's listening to—which means less hip-hop. (So is her friendship with Mike Will Made-It over?) "But I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song ['Humble']: 'Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.' I love that because it’s not 'Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock,'" she says. "I can’t listen to that anymore. That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much 'Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock'—I am so not that."
Cyrus' sixth studio album doesn't have a set release date or official name, but its scheduled to arrive later this year. It will be the follow-up to 2015's Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. Aside from all her frustrating and often disingenuous antics, the singer is very talented. So it'll be interesting to see where she takes this album. Earlier this year, Cyrus reunited with The Flaming Lips on "We A Famly" and also voiced a character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (out May 5).
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