Miley Cyrus Covers Billboard Magazine: “I Consider My Upcoming Album My First”


Are you ready for Miley 2.0?

Miley Cyrus graces the cover of the June 22 issue of Billboard Magazine and she opens up about being ready to redefine herself as an artist.

Miley shot to stardom thanks to “Hannah Montana” when she was a pre-teen, but growing up in the spotlight can have it’s downsides. Thanks to the show, Miley was able to put out albums, but she wants to leave those in the past and show the world who she really is.

“I want to start as a new artist. I consider my upcoming album my first, really,” she shared. “Right now, when people go to iTunes and listen to my old music, it’s so irritating to me because I can’t just erase that stuff and start over,” she says. “My last record [2009’s EDM-inflected Can’t Be Tamed] I feel so disconnected from-I was 16 or 17 when I made it. When you’re in your 20s, you just don’t really know that person anymore.”

The 20-year-old has since parted ways with Hollywood Records and is now in control and signed to RCA Records. With the release of her single “We Can’t Stop,” she is definitely making sure people see the new, or should we say real, Miley.

[quote_right]”I didn’t make this song for the critics, but for the people living it”
– Miley on “We Can’t Stop”[/quote_right]

“I didn’t make this song for the critics, but for the people living it,” she said. “I’m 20 years old and I want to talk to the people that are up all night with their friends. It’s based on a true story of a crazy night I had: When I heard the song for the first time, it captured exactly what I was living.”

So what about the sound of her new album? “I’ve always wanted country-rock influences, but now I’m moving over to a more urban side. It’s not a hip-hop album, though-it’s a pop album. I’m not coming in trying to rap. It’s more like, ‘I don’t see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing.'”

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She continued, “We’ve been calling it ‘count-step,’ because it’s like country, dubstep and a little trap. I love the Lumineers, but I also love French Montana, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Dolly Parton. If you could put Dolly, some Adele and Juicy J together, you’d have that weird balance.”

[quote_left]”I want my record to be the biggest record in the world”[/quote_left]

Miley has been hard at work on her new album for the past few years and she has big hopes that it will pay off. “I never stop working, ever-I put my track list together this morning. I want my record to be the biggest record in the world, and I’ve given everything to get here, even down to friends and family and relationships-I’ve just put this music first. That’s been kind of a trip: It’s not like I’m losing who I am-I actually found out more about who I am by making this music. I’m going on a journey, and that’s more than a lot of 20-year-olds can say. And I’m still going to change so much. Because I’m not the same person I was six months ago-I’m not even the same person I was two weeks ago.”

We know we can’t wait to hear Miley’s new album. She will have some great collaborations on the album including songs with Nelly, Big Sean, Ludacris, and Future. For more of Miley’s cover story, go here and pick up the new issue of Billboard for the full feature.