Miley Cyrus is back—well, not right this minute, but soon, on May 11, when she officially drops "Malibu," the first single off her untitled sixth album set for release later this year.
We haven't heard the song, but the word is out that it sees Miley going back to her roots.
What roots? Hannah Montana? Well, not really. Billboard actually describes "Malibu" as "gimmick free pop rock" unlike anything she has ever done before.
It already sounds fishy as hell.
Miley herself told Billboard that the song is about her relationship with Liam Hemsworth, the actor with whom she reunited with last year after a 2013 breakup.
She said, "They're going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam. So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, 'This is how I feel?'"
Sure, whatever Miley, but does this mean we're not going to see you twerking anymore?
If Miley is to be believed she is actually moving away from all that.
She told Billboard: "I know exactly where I am right now. I know what I want this record to be. And not in the sense of manipulation—wanting something from my fans or the audience, like some slimy thing—'How do I get attention?' I never thought about that. Dude, I was shocked that people gave a fuck about the twerking, the teddy bear. It’s a totally different time, and I don’t think that would freak people out anymore."
Reading between the lines, obviously, she still wants some semblance of attention, only that this time she wants to do it without having to disrobe or lick something inappropriately.
"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 said. "I don't think those people are going to listen to me when I’m sitting there in nipple pasties, you know?"
Wow. She wasn't actually aware of it then?
Truth be told, FHM was among those who loved "The Climb"-era Miley more than "Wrecking Ball"-era Miley.
But artists have to sacrifice themselves to the altar of art, and back then, Miley admitted she was longing for change, and this affected her romantic endeavors.
"Yeah... I needed to change so much. And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you're like, 'I don’t recognize you anymore.' We had to refall for each other."
She has since discovered that not being in love and wearing pasties don't actually equate to real change.The realization was made more painful when her candidate, Hillary Clinton, didn't win the American presidency. It was then that she decided to "turn emotion into action."
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."
Yes folks, Miley is in hippie/country gal mode now. She's an artist who's trying to steer clear of spliffs in lieu of clarity.
"I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open. And I was noticing, it's not the people that are stoned. I want to be super clear and sharp, because I know exactly where I want to be."
One thing to note is that she actually established a foundation called—wait for it—Happy Hippie.
Why? "Rather than making people feel defensive, I tried to get people to let their guard down."
So, there you have it. Miley's back and she is reintroducing herself to the public in a rather sensitive way. Let's just hope that if it doesn't work out, she won't call on Robin Thicke again for another duet.