I’ve been a Miley fan for a while. It has VERY little to do with her music, which I can’t stand. I generally love her attitude about female sexuality, personal style and agency as a 20-year-old diva. She’s got great style and hair. Her young engagement does raise my eyebrow from time to time but there aren’t any pics of her snorting coke or hanging with a “bad crowd” which is usually the evidence that stands against young stars when you want to give them bad press. She hasn’t been arrested for any DUIs or drug possessions – as far as child stars go that’s a pretty good track record. I am excited to hear her new album which is produced by Pharrell, because I actually think it has the potential to be interesting.
What I like best, is that she doesn’t have anything to prove but she admits that right after her Hannah Montana days she did. That’s why she released that awful song, “Can’t Be Tamed.” Now she is beyond trying to prove she is not a Disney Princess and is more interested in just being Miley. I am curious to see what that is.
On Pharrell freeing her from the reigns of Disney pop.
Miley Cyrus: No one let me sing the way that Pharrell does, which is to just go in and do your shit and do all of the harmonies that you do, which is what brings it to where I’m from. Which is being from Nashville and being around Dolly [Parton, her godmother] and listening to her sing. No one would give me the chance to say, “Turn the Auto-Tune off, turn the filter off, and just listen to what I’m saying.” He was the first person that ever did that. I can never say that I don’t love “Party in the U.S.A.” and that I’m not appreciative of it. It would be like my dad saying that he hated “Achy Breaky.” It’s what gives you everything that you have. I would never take it back. But that’s not who I am, that’s not where I want to sing, that’s not what I want to sing, and that’s not what I want my voice to sound like, because you can’t hear me through there.
But she’s not dissing her roots or the people that loved who she was before.
“Everyone can like what we’re doing. That’s when I feel like my record is so different. It’s not what people expect where it’s me giving my middle finger and saying, ‘Fuck you. I didn’t make a record for the people that love me.’ I made a record for the people that love me, but then I made a record for the people that I want to start to understand me.”
On the limitations of industry expectations
“In this industry, no one wants to turn a mirror to you and encourage you to see the good things. No one wants you to see yourself fully because then you don’t need them. If there’s nothing missing, then you don’t need them.”
On being my ratchet queen
“In my mind I’m Gucci Mane, but on paper I’m a pop artist. [laughs]”
On having nothing to prove.
“I got excited because on this record I can say whatever I want. And then I got more comfortable with that and the record got better and better. If I had made it two years ago when I should have had a record come out, it would have been a little brat trying to say “This isn’t who I am! This is what I’m trying to prove!” Now I’m not trying to prove anything to anybody.”
In Other News
Robin Thicke has a new song with Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz and it is swaggin.
COULD YOU HANDLE A STAR TREK WHERE ANGELA BASSETT AND ROSARIO DAWSON WERE THE CAPTAIN AND FIRST OFFICER? No? Me neither. ZOMG. Bryan Fuller said:
“I would love to do something on the Reliant. I want Angela Lansbury … Not Lansbury! I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show and but that’s in the future to be told.”
The Netherlands has a new king and unfortunately it’s not me 😦 . Nevertheless everyone got to wear fun hats!