The career of Miley Cyrus has been a crazy one. From tame, contemporary pop albums such as The Time of Our Lives, to more the matured, seductive party anthems on Bangerz, to the Flaming Lips hippy venture Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, Miley has one of the most varied discographies we’ve seen of an artist just shy of 25. In recent months, Miley has returned from her highly experimental and at times odd artistic ventures and released two, more traditionally pop singles: “Malibu” and “Inspired“. These tracks, which allude to Miley’s country roots, have led us to believe that she had a new album in the works, one that is nostalgic of her earlier music.
Just yesterday, Miley announced via a post on her website that her new album, Younger Now, will arrive September 29th. The promotional image—Younger Now in a ropey script on the back of a bedazzled black leather jacket—suggest that Miley is feeling rejuvenated and musically reborn, a stark change in direction from her NSFW antics and hippy persona. This was confirmed in interviews which occurred earlier this Summer, where Miley referred to her music as “rootsy” and more down to Earth.
Miley’s first single since Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz—which streamed online for free—was “Malibu”, a track colored with a bright, positive attitude and a renewed perspective. “Inspired”, the twangy ballad that followed, led fans to believe that she’s truly returned to the sounds which first made her famous. This is confirmed by Miley’s father, artist and industry icon Billy Ray Cyrus, who says “This is Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard… For her, this is honest.”
This seems like the obvious move for Miley, who lost a good portion of her following in the past few years with her wild public appearances and strange music offerings. In order to promote a new, clear headed Miley, the artist “took over” the NBC network, performing on the Today Show and Jimmy Fallon. On Monday, she was announced as one of the 2017 MTV VMA performers, along with Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, and Lorde. This will be her return to the awards ceremony since acting as host in 2015, a strange display which added fire to her feud with Nicki Minaj. We’re excited to see Miley return to the VMA stage, especially now, with her renewed sense of self.
Now that Miley has released the due date for her sixth album Younger Now, we can begin to get excited for upcoming tour dates, perhaps some Fall festival performances, and more. Where do you think Miley will perform on her “Younger Now” Tour? And who will serve as openers? Check back soon for more Miley Cyrus updates!