Back in 2019, Cyrus truly showed off her love for rock and metal music. In January, she performed the Temple of the Dog classic “Say Hello 2 Heaven” at Chris Cornell’s tribute concert. The performance “stunned” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich who gave Cyrus a shout out on Instagram.
“Still stunned by your next level version of ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’ for Chris! Beyond inspiring.”
Later that year, Cyrus performed at Glastonbury, one of the world’s largest music festivals. During her performance, she played hits including “Party In The USA” and even “Old Town Road” with Lil Nas X and her father Billy Ray Cyrus.
As well, she threw in an unexpected cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” The song appears on the band’s self-titled 1991 LP.
Now, Cyrus is opening up about how bands such as Metallica have inspired her over the years and influenced her new music. During an interview with French radio station NRJ, Cyrus shares that her album is reflective of who she is and what she listens to.
“I think the first single comes with a lot of pressure because it does kind of show everyone where you’re going,” she says. “But again, in my sets, I cover Britney Spears to Metallica. So my record will be reflective of who I am, which is just kind of all different pieces of inspiration and influence.”
In a new interview, Miley Cyrus says her next album is inspired by artists like Britney Spears and Metallica.
— Britney Fan (@BritneyHiatus) September 9, 2020
Her latest single “Midnight Sky” reveals that Cyrus’ new album could be going in a rock direction. Since its release, Cyrus further shares that she has pretty much made an entire rock album.
“I actually used making this record as a threat to my team at one point,” she shares on the Zach Sang Show. “Like, after the last record, I was like, ‘Listen, I’m gonna try pop one more time and if I feel like I just can’t sleep at night with it, I’m gonna make a rock record.’ And they were like, ‘Well, then why are you waiting, you never wait, just do it,’ and so I was like, ‘You’re right. I don’t know, I don’t know why I’m, like, threatening you with a record that feels like the right next step to me.’”
After putting more thought into the direction she wanted to go, she ultimately decided a rock record was the step she wanted to take next.
“I just thought again, you know, I should just kind of keep going with pop and go with what I know, but that’s not who I am. So again, I just went and started making a rock record.”
Her “Nothing Else Matters” cover is available to listen to below.
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