After Variety broke the news that Miley's new single "Malibu" drops next Friday (May 12), Billboard was forced to rush-release their cover story on her. The pop star dishes on the new single, her roots Dead Petz followup, President Donald Trump, her relationship with fiance with Liam Hemsworth and everything in between.
Here are a few highlights from the interview. You can read the entire chat here.
Where exactly did you write “Malibu”?
On the way to The Voice. I drive myself everywhere, but that day I decided to Uber, and I was trying not to sing out loud because someone else was in the car.
People might call it sentimental.
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”?
After you guys broke up, you said something like, “I’m so immersed in work, I can’t even think about it.”
Yeah, but also ’cause 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.
The new album is pretty singer-songwriter-y, no?
Yeah. But not granola. I don’t listen to Ed Sheeran and John Mayer and stuff.
Did folk singer Melanie Safka [with whom Cyrus performed in 2015] influence you?
She did, and I grew up with her. 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.” 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.
I was torn on whether I was going to work with certain producers that I really like. But I feel if we’re not on the same page politically ... My record is political, but the sound bite doesn’t stop there. Because you can write something beautiful and you know E! News will ruin our lives and say, “This is a political record.” Because then I’m the Dixie Chicks and I’m getting my album smashed in the streets, and that’s not what I want. I want to talk to people in a compassionate, understanding way -- which people aren’t doing.
Miley Cyrus is readying a comeback.
Music needs Miley, and she's about to save the day. Variety is reporting that the pop star is releasing a new song titled "Malibu" next Friday (May 12). They label it a "beachy anthem" and claim it was co-written and produced by Oren Yoel, who's responsible for 2013's Bangerz opener, “Adore You,” as well as Dead Petz cuts “Space Bootz,” “BB Talk” and “I Get So Scared.” They also say Miley provided the topline for “Malibu.”
A few weeks back, Miley's dad Billy Ray (who is legally changing his name to be just Cyrus) spilled the beans when he Tweeted a photo Miley sent him from the video shoot (see below). “Looks like it's time to rock n roll @MileyCyrus #happy Excited to hear more of the new stuff !!!!! Turn it loose !,” he said. The Tweet has since been removed.
The timing is perfect. The following day, Miley is slated to take the stage at KIIS FM’s Wango Tango on May 13. Looks like we'll get a performance of the new studio track then.