Miley Cyrus Talks Nicki Minaj Comparison, Miguel’s Influence on New Album in Billboard Magazine

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Miley Cyrus Billboard Magazine 2013 Cover

In case you’ve been sleeping or living under a rock for the past week, Miley Cyrus has returned to the world of music with a new song entitled “We Can’t Stop.”

The song, which was officially released on June 4, 2013, has debuted at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as #40 on the Pop Songs chart.

“We Can’t Stop” has also earned positive reviews from fans and critics, with one critic saying that it doesn’t sound like anything on the radio right now.

Now to help promote the single and get fans ready for her upcoming fourth studio album, which is set to be released in the next few months, Miley covers the latest issue of Billboard Magazine.

Her story is perfectly titled “Miley 2.0″ to signify her reintroduction to the music industry, which has seems to have changed quite a bit over the past four years.

Looking every single bit like the grown woman that she is becoming (she turns 21 this year people), Ms. Cyrus poses in a sexy black bathing suit and gold jewelry.

Inside the issue, which will be available this Friday, June, 21, 2013, she speaks on not liking her old music, her work ethic, her new single and album, and much more.

What I found interesting is that she basically mentioned Frank Ocean and Miguel as influences or inspiration for the direction of the album. Take a look at a few of the excerpts below:

On not liking her old music:

“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. My last record 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.”

On her work ethic these days:

“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.”

On “We Can’t Stop:”

“I didn’t make this song for the critics, but for the people living it. 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.”

On her upcoming fourth studio 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.’”

On being compared to Nicki Minaj:

“A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj. That’s not what I’m trying to do. I love ‘hood’ music, but my talent is as a singer.”




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