I’m so used to seeing an impulsive Miley Cyrus with her tongue sticking out that I forgot she’s a legitimately talented actress. Her stunning performance in the new season of Netflix’s Black Mirror paints a ghoulish tale as old as time concerning showbiz.

In a nutshell, it’s the story of Hannah Montana as an adult.


The plot centers around Miley’s character, Ashley O, a celebrated pop star. There’s the singing sensation side of Ashley, and the tortured artist locked away behind-closed-doors.

To appeal to her young fans, Ashley’s team rolls out an Alexa-like android that shares her personality. Meanwhile, Ashley is fighting with her management who tries drugging her in an effort to maintain control. It’s unfortunately a scenario that happens all too often in the industry, and has affected and killed some very famous, iconic singers like Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Wineouse and Whitney Houston. Her situation becomes so dire that Ashley’s manager (also her aunt) drugs her into a coma so she can then create a hologram version of Ashley that can perform in multiple arenas around the world simultaneously and release new music by scraping Ashley’s brain scans. It’s wickedly evil.

There’s also some new music from Miley featured in the episode. Well, sort of. She re-imagines Nine Inch Nails songs.

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker got the thumbs up from frontman Trent Reznor to rework NIN tracks into the episode for Ashley O to sing. One of the tracks, already a fan-favorite, is “On A Roll,” and is now available to stream below.

Brooker said Reznor “got it straight away,” adding: “He wanted to see the script and I got to re-write his lyrics in a chirpy way. I’m not the best lyricist in the world—in the first song she’s singing: ‘I’m stoked on ambition and verve’ instead of ‘You’re gonna get what you deserve’.” (The chorus’s full lyric is: “Hey there, whoah-ho, I’m on a roll/Riding so high, achieving my goals/ I’m so stoked on ambition and verve/I’m gonna get what I deserve.”)

“Black Mirror” co-creator and executive producer Annabel Jones added that Reznor “thought it was very funny… “There are lots of dark concepts in the film and we just enjoy that sort of childish subversion of them.”

Miley’s Black Mirror episode is streaming on Netflix now.

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