This week, the former Disney star confirmed that she is recording a Metallica covers album.
Back in 2019, Cyrus truly showed off her appreciation 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.
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, it looks like her love for Metallica has inspired a new covers album. During an interview with Interview Magazine, she reveals that she is currently in the studio working on the record.
“We’ve been working on a Metallica covers album and I’m here working on that,” she says.
Cyrus also shares that she felt rather uninspired at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but is happy to finally be back in the studio.
“We’re so lucky to be able to continue to work on our art during all of this [the coronavirus pandemic],” she says. “At first, it felt uninspiring and now I’ve been totally ignited.”
Metallica is one of the inspirations for Cyrus’ next album which is completely rock-inspired. Back in September, she revealed that the new release 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
Cyrus was originally set to make another pop record. However, after a discussion with her team, they all agreed that she should go in the rock direction.
“I actually used making this record as a threat to my team at one point,” she shared on the Zach Sang Show. “Like, after the last record, I was like, ‘Listen, I’m gonna try pop one more time. 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.’”
Cyrus has further shown off her rock side over the past few weeks. She recently unveiled covers of both Blondie‘s “Heart Of Glass” and the Cranberries‘ “Zombie.” The latter cover caught the attention of the band who praised the vocalist on social media.
We were delighted to hear of Miley Cyrus’ cover of Zombie at the Whisky a Go Go #SOSFEST in LA at the weekend. It’s one of the finest covers of the song that we’ve heard. We think Dolores would be very impressed! Check it out here: https://t.co/ysFxUZLKnl
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) October 19, 2020
Cyrus’ cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” from Glastonbury is available to listen to below.
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