Miley Cyrus is back with her brand new single, “Malibu,” after reigniting her love with former fiancé, Liam Hemsworth.
The single dropped this Thursday, along with a stunning music video to tag along with Miley’s new image. Last week, the “Wrecking Ball” star told Billboard she is taking a step back from the gimmicks she’s synonymous with from her Dead Petz and Bangers eras (2015 and 2013, respectively). Gone are the purple pasties and phallic unicorn strap ons many have come to expect from the singer.
Instead, “Malibu” offers a happy and romantic segway from her Dead Petz album into the latest phase of her unpredictable career. While, Bangerz reflected the style of the album’s main producer Mike Will Made-it and Petz very clearly shared inspiration from her writing partner, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, the upcoming record is sure to be more Miley than ever. The, currently unnamed album, will feature producer-writer Oren Yoel (who co-wrote the Bangerz track “Adore You”) playing all the instrumentals and Miley writing all the lyrics and melodies.
Of the new music, fans can expect a healthy dose of acoustic twang and “epic pop.” Overall, Miley’s new music will be more honest than ever. Part of her departure from the pasties is to connect to those who haven’t given her a chance.
“I like talking to people that don’t agree with me, but I don’t think I can do that in an aggressive way,” she told Billboard. “I don’t think those people are going to listen to me when I’m sitting there in nipple pasties, you know?”
Though, she says the music will be less political than it is personal. Miley strongly voiced her support of the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and disapproval of elected President Donald Trump.
After Trump was elected president, Miley launched #HopefulHippies, an initiative of her Happy Hippie youth-activism nonprofit that encourages people to “turn emotion into action.” “I have to ask myself, ‘How am I going to create real change?’” she says, “and not just fucking preach to the choir anymore.”
“This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don’t give a fuck, but right now is not a time to not give a fuck about people,” she said. “I’m giving the world a hug and saying, ‘Hey, look. We’re good — I love you.’ And I hope you can say you love me back.”
Miley talks about the new record, the election and more for this months Billboard cover story. Check out the full interview here!