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6 years ago, Miley Cyrus dropped her fourth studio album, ‘Bangerz.’ The album propelled Cyrus’s public profile to new heights, spawning controversy with the party anthem, “We Can’t Stop” and showstopping ballad “Wrecking Ball.” It’s certified 3x PLATINUM in the US. 💿
Miley Cyrus is still finding her place in music, but the Internet never forgets. The pop star is currently making the rounds to promote the new Mark Ronson-assisted single, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.” During several radio interviews, Miley opened up about her past and present state in music, including how her forthcoming album will sound. Miley confirms she’s teaming up again with Mike Will Made-It, the executive producer of 2013’s Bangerz. “We’ve got songs with Mike Will that lean more hip-hop and songs with Andrew Wyatt that lean more pop/alternative,” Miley said. “I just have kind of everything.” Hey, at least she’s consistent. Miley has a history of smack talking her previous works. She once said swinging from a wrecking ball in the “Wrecking Ball” music video was the most embarrassing thing she’s ever done, she also said half the time she doesn’t even like pop music (including her own songs). That’s obviously problematic seeing as she wants to release a new album that includes pop songs (read more about that here).
How does one top the visual titillations of “We Can’t Stop”? The correct answer is by swinging naked from a wrecking ball and licking a hammer, of course. And the diva did just that in the (later lambasted) video for her soaring “Wrecking Ball.” The gut-wrenching power ballad would go on to top the Hot 100 and became Miley’s most successful release to date. Considering the quick one-two punch, it was hardly surprising when Bangerz topped the Billboard 200 and went on to sell more than one million copies. After a slew of collaborations including one with Mike Will Made-It, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J on “23,” the hitmaker switched things up by releasing the pared-back “Adore You.” The lo-fi ballad features a sweet message for a loved one. It was paired with an equally intimate visual. However, the wintery ballad failed to perform quite as exceptionally as its predecessors. Instead, it peaked just outside the Top 20. The single closed out the era, leaving several hidden gems on the tracklist. Chief amongst them is the electro-ballad “Drive.” Possibly inspired by her breakup with (then) ex-fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, Miley opened up about the song in an interview with FASHION magazine. “I wrote it while I was working on Valentine’s Day — emotionally it was such a hard time,” she explained. “It is about needing to leave someone but not really wanting to completely cut yourself off from the relationship. It’s a time when you want to leave but you can’t. It’s also about moving on.” Built around a throbbing production courtesy of Mike Will Made-It and P-Nasty, the end result is heartrending. “You told me that you wanted this. I told you it was all yours,” she earnestly belts. “If you’re done with it, then what’d you say forever for.” Her performance builds up to an emotionally fraught moment on the bridge. Gorgeous in its original format, we received an equally arresting acoustic version during Miley’s set on MTV Unplugged. She also highlighted it with a powerful moment on the Bangerz Tour. Unfortunately, the song never got a chance to take off. “Drive” could have dominated radio and streaming services. Instead, it lives on as a beloved deep cut that deserved so much more. Fortunately, it looks like Miley is exploring similar territory with her forthcoming “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.” I can only hope her Mark Ronson collab handles heartbreak with as much grace and ease. Revisit “Drive” below. FUENTE: