Our Summer Soundtrack is Here: New Songs by Miley Cyrus
Throughout her career, Miley Cyrus has inspired countless fans by being fearless and willing to be true to herself, even when it means breaking the mold.
By bonneville on March 20, 2023
Though summer is a few months away, a slew of new songs by Miley Cyrus were just released on “Endless Summer Vacation.” To celebrate the release we look back on the artist’s impact over the years.
Miley Cyrus is a pop culture icon, first bursting into the scene as Hannah Montana in 2006. Since then, Cyrus has undergone a radical transformation, shedding her image as a Disney starlet and embracing a more rebellious and provocative persona. Over the years, she has continued to evolve as an artist, pushing the boundaries of pop music and inspiring countless fans with her fearless approach to self-expression.
Cyrus’s latest album, Endless Summer Vacation, is the newest chapter in her musical journey. The album showcases Cyrus’s unique blend of pop, rock, and hip-hop and her willingness to take risks and experiment with new sounds.
But before we delve into the album, let’s look at how Cyrus has influenced pop culture.
Miley Cyrus’s Impact on Pop Culture
When Cyrus first debuted on the Disney Channel in the early 2000s, she quickly became a household name as Hannah Montana. The show was an instant hit, following the double life of a teenage pop star who tries to keep her identity a secret from her classmates and friends. It spawned a concert tour, feature film, and a line of merchandise sold at Claire’s, Walmart, and Target.
Even as a young star, Cyrus pushed boundaries and challenged expectations. In 2008, she released her first solo album, “Breakout,” which showcased a more mature sound than her work on Hannah Montana. The album succeeded commercially, debuting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. She co-wrote eight of the thirteen tracks, showing a departure from her Disney character and franchise.
From there, Cyrus continued to evolve and experiment with her music and image. In 2010, she starred in the coming-of-age film “The Last Song,” which helped to solidify her status as a serious actor. Shortly after, in 2013, she released her fourth studio album, “Bangerz,” which significantly departed from her earlier work. The album was a critical and commercial success, partly thanks to its hit singles “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.”
In 2015, she hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, where she made headlines for her outrageous outfits and provocative performance with Robin Thicke. She subsequently co-hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live where she pokes fun at herself and the performance.
She’s also been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and social justice issues, using her platform to raise awareness and inspire change. She started the Happy Hippie Foundation in 2014 to fight homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth and launched a Backyard Sessions performance series to raise awareness of the cause. Cyrus identifies as pansexual and came out in 2015.
Throughout her career, Cyrus has inspired countless fans with her fearlessness and willingness to be true to herself, even when it means breaking the mold. Her impact on pop culture is undeniable, and her music resonates with audiences worldwide.
The Making of Endless Summer Vacation
The new songs by Miley Cyrus featured on Endless Summer Vacation are described as “a love letter to LA,” where she recorded the album. The single “Flowers” has already made waves on the Billboard charts, making it to the Top 100 for over five weeks. The songs also feature collaborations with other well-known artists, including Brandi Carlisle on “Thousand Miles” and Sia on “Muddy Feet”.
In addition to professing her love of LA, her love of the summer season and the freedom and joy it represents inspired the album. To promote the album, Cyrus sent out a postcard to her fans with a cryptic statement reading, “I’m driving around town in a beat-up old Mercedes. You think I’m crazy; you might be right.” Brianna Capozzi photographed Cyrus for the album cover, featuring her in a black swimsuit hanging from a helicopter ladder. Many have compared the image to a similar picture of Madonna.