Rocking ball: why the ultimate badass Miley Cyrus is the rock star we need in 2020
She took over Metallica. She loved drugs and got sober. She teamed up with Stevie Nicks. She made Robin Thicke look like a bitch. Do we need to continue?
Miley Cyrus will be 28 next week. How is it possible? She’s already lived so many lives. She was a Disney star, a pop singer, an actress, she had her rebellion and went a little bit crazy for a few years, she dated models, she was occasionally then married and divorced with a Hemsworth brother, she was in Black Mirror, her seventh studio album, ‘Plastic Hearts’ is coming out soon and the first track with Dua Lipa comes out at midnight (November 19). 28.
Plus, she kept pulling bang after bang and suggested that the new album would be her rock album. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of your dad sighing, saying it won’t be as good, that she’s a pop star, and no one will care. This attitude was last summed up when Cyrus covered big rockers and the YouTube channel Rock Feed seriously asked, Miley Cyrus Covers Metallica: True Metal or Cringeworthy ?, with the host worrying, “Is- what is she listening to Metallica? Does she listen to Nine Inch Nails?
Tell your dad – and this guy – to watch some videos of his rock covers live, then get back to you. Cyrus’ voice is absolutely amazing. Looks like she might be doing too much with the Marlborough Lights, sure, but if that’s what makes it sound like that, I’ll turn it on myself. I fell in a hole on YouTube while listening to his cover of Metallica, Led Zeppelin and Blondie, Amy Winehouse and Arctic Monkeys, and I encourage you to do the same. Also, I’m now desperately trying to get my hair wet and get out my long PVC gloves and pants. She’s very cool.
Think about what comes to mind when we think of a rock star: a beautiful voice (tick); iconic video (check – you all put on a white waistcoat and pants and climbed a boulder like 2013’s “Wrecking Ball”); vocal about the love of drugs (in the past – tick); exciting love life (tick); the press is falsely worried about them (always); and controversial behavior at an awards ceremony. Well, who can forget the twerk against Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs in 2013? (he hasn’t done well since). And of course, now she’s sober. It’s rock star 101!
She worked with an envious list of contributors for Plastic Hearts’, which is in part produced by Mark Ronson, who couldn’t contain his excitement about it when they released the tracklist this week, insisting on the makes a song feature “one of the most beautiful vocals / melodies I have ever recorded.” Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Angel Olsen and Dua Lipa all feature on the record. Cyrus recently released a mix from his banger summer ‘Midnight Sky’ and Steve Nicks ‘1981 classic’ Edge of Seventeen ‘and named it’ Edge of Midnight. ‘Nicks, who sings the chorus, said to Cyrus:’ You can borrow me n ‘matters when. “Another collaboration would give the world a reason to be happy in 2021.
If that wasn’t enough, when Miley announced she would be releasing a Metallica cover album, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford backed the project by saying, “I can’t wait, this is going to be awesome. She has an amazing voice. As [Lady] Gaga, voice is everything, and she’s a metalhead, she always throws her horns. She’s someone I would love to meet if the stars ever align. It really is all the blessing you need.
I have to admit that for years I thought of Miley as a little bopper following the usual path of rebellion against a privileged upbringing (she is the daughter of Achy Breaky Heart singer Billy Ray Cyrus) in the public eye, who had a bit of talent but was mostly there to make the headlines for the wrong reasons.
In fact, that was just her metamorphosis into the star she is today. She has stood up for what she believes in when it comes to LGBT issues, identifying herself as pansexual. She explained that her wedding to Liam Hemsworth, a low-key ceremony, occurred after their house burned down in the California wildfires made her think: “No one is promised the next day or the next day, so I try to be ‘in the present’ as much as possible. If I ever find myself thinking too far, I recognize that anxiety and come back into my body and out of my head. And in 2020 this quote has more of sense than ever.
On top of it all, the world fame and the talent, the voice, the looks, the mistakes, the circus of it all, you feel like Miley Cyrus would be great to go have a pint with – even if she is. on zero by center – and see where the night goes, and it’s the most rock’n’roll thing of all.