Miley Cyrus isn’t the same person she was a year ago. The “Bangerz” artist has moved away from her raunchy party persona to a new, earthy, down-home image. She isn’t completely country (her single is called “Malibu,” after all) but she is getting back to her roots with her new album Younger Now.
Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, calls Younger Now, “honest.” This is the Miley who learned how to play guitar from Waylon Jennings.
“I’ve got a tattoo of Johnny Cash’s autograph that he gave me when I was a little girl that says, ‘I’m in your corner’,” she said in an interview with Billboard. “Dolly Parton is my f***ing godmother. The fact that country music fans are scared of me, that hurts me.”
Her new album, seeks to change that. Miley announced the album’s release date and title on her website August 7.
We can’t get much from this picture, but between the rope lettering and rhinestone-studded leather jacket, the country influence (particularly that of Dolly Parton) is clear.
The release date, September 29, is sooner than many expected and has started speculation that we could be getting a preview of the album when Cyrus performs at the VMA’s August 27.