Miley Cyrus is still finding her place in music, but the Internet never forgets.

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The pop star is currently making the rounds to promote the new Mark Ronson-assisted single, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.” During several radio interviews, Miley opened up about her past and present state in music, including how her forthcoming album will sound.

Miley confirms she’s teaming up again with Mike Will Made-It, the executive producer of 2013’s Bangerz. “We’ve got songs with Mike Will that lean more hip-hop and songs with Andrew Wyatt that lean more pop/alternative,” Miley said. “I just have kind of everything.”

Rolling Stone published a story criticizing Miley for pivoting her stance on hip-hop. So did Nylon (their headline read: “Please Don’t Let Miley Cyrus Make Another “Hip-Hop” Album”).

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In 2017, the media lambasted Miley for her take on the genre. “I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [‘Humble’]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like *** with some stretch marks.’ I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my ****, **** on my c–k.’ I can’t listen to that anymore,” she said at the time. “That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a ******* my c–k’ — I am so not that.”

My personal take on that is that she was turned off from music with sexually explicit lyrics that some might perceive as degrading towards women, not that she grew sick of hip-hop. Not everyone agrees with me.

Miley tried defending herself at the time. In a now-deleted Instagram post, she said: “I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I’ve collaborated with some of the very best,” she wrote. “At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap! As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics!”

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Things take a turn for the worse.

In a new interview, Miley says the last album, Younger Now, didn’t turn out to be quite her vibe. Understandably, that shocking truth left a bad taste in peoples’ mouths. Would she sing a different tune had the album performed better commercially? Younger Now debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and sold 45,000 units in its first week. Compared to the hip-hop tinged album Bangerz, which debuted at No. 1 with 270,000, it was quite lackluster. So let’s jump back into hip-hop?

Hey, at least she’s consistent. Miley has a history of smack talking her previous works. She once said swinging from a wrecking ball in the “Wrecking Ball” music video was the most embarrassing thing she’s ever done, she also said half the time she doesn’t even like pop music (including her own songs). That’s obviously problematic seeing as she wants to release a new album that includes pop songs (read more about that here).

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I think Miley’s outlook on music frequently changes, so when you’re a world famous celebrity and your quotes live on the Internet indefinitely, you’re held accountable. Should we punish her for flip-flopping year to year? Nah. I’m not convinced the backlash is warranted. Then again… when has the Internet ever played nice.

 

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