Her generation is “moving forward,” the singer tells TIME
Indiana’s new religious freedom law, which detractors say will allow religious business leaders to legally discriminate against the gay community, has drawn criticism from high-profile voices like Ashton Kutcher, Hillary Clinton and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The latest celebrity to weigh in: Miley Cyrus, who shared her thoughts with TIME as part of a conversation about the future of music and youth culture for an upcoming issue of the magazine. Excerpts below:
I lived a life where I had to be something every day and had to be a character, and it wasn’t necessarily who I wanted to be. And now I’ve dedicated my life to being whoever it is that I want to be, and also constantly learning and evolving.
That’s what’s wrong with [supporters of the Indiana law]—they’re not choosing to live that way. And if you don’t choose to live that way, you’re not going to last in this generation because we are overtaking you. They are dinosaurs, and they are dying off. We are the new generation, and with that will come so much.
We are moving forward. As much as we get distracted by stupid laws that make us feel like we’re regressing, we’re not. We are moving forward because it’s our turn as young people. It’s a new rights movement. There’s so much that young people want to do and change and see, and I think a lot of that can come through social media.
I put something on my Instagram today about how people are trying now to make the Indiana law look like something that it’s not. They’re trying to make it look like it’s not discriminatory. It’s confusing for my fans, so I’m happy to [speak up about it]. They won’t listen to Tim Cook, maybe. But they’ll listen to me, you know? And people are starting to listen, I think.
“These young people are homeless through no fault of their own”
Miley Cyrus has written a letter to Andrew Cuomo asking the New York governor to include $4.75 million in funding for homeless youth in the state’s budget.
The singer, whose Happy Hippie Foundation advocates for young people without homes, asked the governor and the leaders of the state’s assembly and senate to back a request by a state senator to allocate the money for 1,000 new beds, which she says are badly needed.
“Between 2009 and 2012,” Cyrus writes, “the number of kids turned away from homeless youth shelters in New York grew from 570 to more than 5,000.”
Cyrus posted the letter on Instagram for fans to read:
Cyrus invited a young homeless man to accept her award for Video of the Year at the VMAs in 2014, and has been giving star-studded backyard concerts to raise money for the cause.
Patrick Schwarzenegger says he did not cheat on Miley Cyrus, despite a new report that suggests the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver may have been unfaithful to the singer while partying with a bikini-clad brunette in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this past weekend. The generally reliable TMZ floated the rumor that Schwarzenegger was possibly “taking a wrecking ball to his relationship” with Cyrus because he was photographed getting “very close with some OTHER chick,” but Schwarzenegger himself is saying it’s not true.
Despite pictures of Schwarzenegger and the brunette embracing, walking arm-in-arm, and doing body shots, he says there’s nothing going on between the two. In fact, the woman pictured appearing cozy with Schwarzenegger is the girlfriend of one of his buddies. He quickly clarified on Twitter, “Omg. It’s one of my best friend’s girlfriend,” adding that he would “NEVER do anything against” his girlfriend Cyrus.
Schwarzenegger ended his series of tweets, “Girls have guy friends and guys have friends that are girls.” Gossip Cop assumes Schwarzenegger was too busy watching his dad’s Terminator films to see When Harry Met Sally, which challenged the notion that men and women could just be friends. In either case, even though Schwarzenegger said he did not cheat on Cyrus, we’re sure a number of the webloids and tabloids this week will claim otherwise.
Miley Cyrus has gotten the seal of approval from Patrick Schwarzenegger’s sister Katherine Schwarzenegger!
During an interview with Extra, the 25-year-old gushed over her little brother’s pop star girlfriend.
“I think they’re adorable,” Katherine said of the cute couple. “If my brother’s happy, I’m happy and that’s all that matters to me. You just want your sibling to be happy, if they’re with someone who makes them happy and in a happy healthy relationship then I’m happy.”
Speaking of the “adorable” lovebirds, a source tells E! News that Miley and Patrick’s relationship is getting ‘’very serious.”
The insider adds that the 21-year-old hunk’s mom Maria Shriver really likes the 22-year-old “We Can’t Stop” singer and thinks she is a terrific girl. In fact, Miley, Patrick and Maria all had dinner together earlier this week. The twosome was spotted leaving The Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills Wednesday following their family meal.
As for their date night attire, Miley looks cute and conservative in a black knit dress and black boots while her beau looked hunky as usual in blue jeans and a sweater.
It’s nice to hear the cute couple are stronger than ever after nearly five months of dating!
MIKE WILL MADE-IT IS HIP-HOP’S NUMBER-ONE PRODUCER AND ALSO ONE OF ITS YOUNGEST. AS POP PRINCESS MILEY CYRUS EXPLAINS, WHEN SHE TOOK HIS SOUND MAINSTREAM, IT WAS A MATCH THAT COULD ONLY BE MADE IN AMERICA.
Mike Will [Mike WiLL Made-It] had a vision for me first, before anyone else knew I was going to have this revolution. He saw it before he even knew if I was working on music. He was like, “Someone get ahold of Miley Cyrus. I don’t know if she’s making music, but she’s gonna be working on it when she hears this song!” There isn’t a huge difference between urban culture and country music culture. People don’t realize that cowboys and gangsters are the same thing. I’ve talked to Mike Will about growing up around Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, and he would be like, “They’re gangsters.”
In 2013 I did the MTV VMAs. Mike was inspiring me a lot that year. To me, hip-hop was similar to how my mom described the good rock scene when she was young. Hip-hop became the new punk because that was the rebellious place to be making music. The idea of innovators versus imitators is something that he and I battle with a lot. Mike has such a sound now, it’s hard to go to a club without hearing that sound. Even with me, you have to take it as a form of flattery, but people try to make a Mike Will sound—and a knockoff isn’t ever as good. Some people can’t tell, but there is a sophistication to Mike’s sound.
People are shocked by the fact that he’s 24 years old. It’s the same thing with me…people can’t believe, when they talk to me, that I’m only 22. It’s the lifestyle and the ambition. The reason people always listen to me in my business meetings is because nobody knows where young people are going more than young people. He’s like me because when we want something, we don’t take no for an answer. When you have that drive, people forget how young you are. He’s more than a producer. I think he’s building an empire. When you look at what 50 Cent did with Vitaminwater or what Dre did with Beats, it all started with music, and Mike knows how to build himself. That’s like Dolly Parton. It’s funny to mention her, because Dolly is a country star with big titties and glitter, but inside she is a businesswoman. I’m a musician, and at one time I was less credible than I am now—although a lot of people accepted it because this is America—and I know that Mike has so much more he can do within art and fashion and business. He’s only 24 so he has forever to do it.
Of course, we have differences. I never had a problem, with my parents flying me in and out of L.A. to become who I am, but Mike had to do it all himself, out of a basement in Atlanta. He wasn’t born into this, he got here strictly on music, which is more than a lot of people can say. That’s where he got “Mike WiLL Made-It.” He really got here because of himself and that’s the most respectable thing. I love when people are underestimated. He started making beats at 14 and was working as a manager, hustling these three kids around Atlanta. He’s always been above his age and trying to hustle. He would take risks and stay out late from school, and look at how his life has changed.
Fans can now see Miley Cyrus come in like a wrecking ball once again.
The singer’s iconic video shot (but this time, clothed) is the latest wax figure on display at Madam Tussauds Las Vegas.
Together, the figure and the ball weigh more than 200 pounds, according to a press release touting the newest addition. The release also notes that along with a 30 foot long chain, the top of Miley’s head to the bottom of the wrecking ball will stand higher than 10 feet, and the figure and the ball took a team of 20 artists more than six months to create.
Following today’s unveiling, Cyrus’s figure will be installed in the attractions’s Music Room.
he last time Miley Cyrus released an album, she came in like a big heavy thing that comes in super hard and stuff. But it looks like she’s taking a more subtle approach this time around.
On Sunday (Mar. 8), Miley Instagrammed a video from the recording studio of her singing waaaaaaailing what appears to be a new song.
“Why do people only show forgiveness,” Miley sings, “when they wanna sound cool in a song?” Oh my god, if she’s lyrically subtweeting Ruben Studdard I will scream.
Miley’s #dirtyhippie mentor, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, was also in the studio, and he posted a video of his own to Instagram a day prior.
You can hear a reverb-heavy Miley vocal playing in the background — not sure if it’s the same song Miley posted about though.
While Miley’s kept pretty mum about her Bangerz follow-up, she did perform a new song inspired by a friend’s dead cat at Art Basel in December.
The “We Can’t Stop” singer also revealed on “Entertainment Tonight” that she’s been hard at work “every day” in the studio.
“I’ve got all of it [recorded],” she revealed to “ET.” “I just don’t know what I kinda want to go out there. Just when I think I have my record done, something new happens where I want to write about it.”
M.A.C crowned Miley Cyrus as their new Viva Glam girl this year, the campaign that since its inception in 1994 has endeavoured to make a difference in the world with a community outreach for HIV/AIDS. For her colour of choice, Cyrus selected a hot pink shade; and a hue any less ostentatious would not have been worthy of pop music’s present enfant terrible.
On being the new Viva Glam girl: “I’m really excited; I think it’s really important for my fans to be able to see me doing something I love. And when you’re in a position that I am, it’s important to give back and find things that you are passionate about.”
On this particular shade of pink: “I wanted to create this hot pink shade, a shade that is very disco, cyber and almost alien-inspired. After the lipstick shade was decided, we developed the Lipglass by almost chopping up a bunch of disco-balls and mixing with the shade of my Viva Glam lipstick.”
On championing individuality: “That is why I picked such loud colours, because I’m really loud! I think your hair, clothes and make-up is all a working art piece and you can do whatever you want. That’s why I was so particular and annoying about this shade of pink. It had to be the one that was the most ME. Lipstick makes women and guys feel cool and fabulous and glamorous. They connect to the colour and to you and what you stand for, and it’s all going to a really amazing cause.”
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne doesn’t exactly know what will become of all of his band’s current work with Miley Cyrus, only that they continue to write together.
“At the moment we just sort of work on things as they come up, so part of this seems like something we’re working on with Miley, but we’re also working on it as a production. We make it as a song and then she gets added to it, we add more to it, and then she gets added to it again,” Coyne explained to Billboard when we hung with him in the Rose Bowl dressing room at Shaun White’s Air + Style recently. “I almost think it might be the series of songs that are Miley Cyrus songs, Flaming Lips songs on her record, then there’s the series of the same songs on our record. Ours sound like the Flaming Lips and hers sound like Miley Cyrus, but they’re the same songs.”
Given the Lips’ famed propensity over the years for unusual packaging and collections, i.e. the Skull Box, unconventional releases don’t scare them at all. When it’s suggested that perhaps a Lips album and Cyrus collection featuring their own versions of the same songs is intriguing Coyne becomes very excited.
“We’re considering that type of thing,” he says. “And part of it would be like she’s written part of the song, then we Flaming Lips-ized it. Part of it we’ve written part of the song and she’s Miley-ized it. To me, to try and squish them together and say, ‘That’s all that,’ I don’t think it could work that way. Why don’t we say it’s going to happen? If we say it’s going to happen it’ll probably happen.”
At this point in the band’s career, the Lips have have long surpassed any goals the Oklahoma group might have set in the beginning. “The Flaming Lips have made 16 or 17 records already and we don’t have this grand design anymore,” explains Coyne.
The Flaming Lips singer spoke to Billboard about why he and Cyrus work so well together, their plans to team up on a tour and how they influence each other’s musical styles.