Last week, Vanity Fair dropped its cover story featuring Miley Cyrus. They talked the pop star’s quick marriage to Liam Hemsworth, the ravenous Malibu fire that consumed their home and all of their belongings, and finally, the new Miley Cyrus album, which we should start to hear music from this Summer.
What a strange ride it’s been for Miley Cyrus. In 2015—during perhaps the most bewildering chapter of Cyrus’ life—she released Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz with writer/producer Oren Yoel and members from the Flaming Lips. The short, psychedelic album was uploaded to SoundCloud for free—another surprising move from Cyrus, who has been signed to RCA for most of her career. Then, in 2017 came Younger Now—a record entirely penned and composed by Cyrus herself with clear Nashville influences by Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, and even her godmother Dolly Parton. By returning to her roots, Miley showed us she was changing.
Now, Cyrus has drastically altered her lifestyle and creative process. She has married her longtime partner Liam Hemsworth and co-parents dozens of animals with him. She advocates for cruelty-free fashion. She doesn’t engage with drama; the spout between her and Nicki Minaj back in 2015 is far behind her, both mentally and philosophically. And most importantly, she still has the voice that makes industry icons look up from their soundboards with a simple and reverential “wow”.
While these new levels of self-awareness and possession of her artistry developed, fans weren’t certain of what type of pop star she was going to become. From the provocative, party animal behavior we saw during the promotion of Bangerz, to the more reclusive, introspective creative process behind albums like Dead Petz and Younger Now, it seems like Miley Cyrus can truly be anything her whims and desires encourage her to be.
In the Vanity Fair cover story, Miley talked some details about her new album, but spoke mostly in broad terms. “There’s psychedelic elements, there’s pop elements, there’s more hip-hop-leaning records,” she says. “You know, in the same way I like to kind of just be genderless, I like feeling genre-less.” This new album, she says, will be “just kind of a mosaic of all the things that I’ve been before.”
Producers Pharrell and Mike Will Made It—who worked closely with Cyrus on Bangerz—continue to work with her today. Cyrus mentioned to Vanity Fair, in the years since Bangerz and the accusations of culturally appropriating hip-hop culture, she’s tried to become more aware of where she comes from. Cyrus is taking notes and listening to the best, self-made artists in the industry. It is how she continues to thrive.
Now that Miley Cyrus has opened up about her upcoming album, fans have been wondering: Will Miley Cyrus Tour in 2019? We all know how extensive and wild the Bangerz Tour was. But her promotional energy has been trending downward. The Dead Petz promotion—the oddly dubbed “Milky Milky Milk Tour”—only lasted a month and didn’t bring Cyrus to the venues we’re used to seeing her in. And unfortunately, a month ahead of releasing Younger Now, Cyrus announced that she would not tour or release any promotional singles so that she could focus on her role on The Voice.
Now that Miley Cyrus has been replaced on The Voice by John Legend, we think that she will have less of an excuse to forgo touring altogether. We’re remaining hopeful. From the Vanity Fair story, it seems that Cyrus has a lot on her mind, a lot of growth she wants to show in her music and to her fans. We think it’s likely that Miley Cyrus decides to promote her upcoming album by touring in 2019.