Miley told the magazine, “The more I make music that doesn’t truly inspire me, the more I feel like I’m blending in with everyone else. So after this next album, I’m taking some time off.”
This “next album” is due out later this year, so don’t jump off a bridge yet, Miley fans. You’ve still got at least one pop-tastic record left from the Hannah Montana star before she turns her back on the people—the fans, as well as the songwriters—who made her a household name.
As irritating as it is when artists trash their entire back catalog, Miley never really had a choice in what music she was allowed to produce, did she? She joined the Disney family when she was 12-years old, and there’s a certain image all Mouse House members are pretty much forced to subscribe to. Obviously, it’s been a difficult road for Miley trying to conform to this “bubblegum” ideal—endless amounts of inappropriate photos leaking to the net and somewhat age-inappropriate boyfriends are just a few ways we’ve noticed her struggle to follow the rules of being a squeaky-clean pop star.
“It feels contrived on so many levels. Unless you’re wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots and singing and whining about your girlfriend or boyfriend leaving you it’s not going to sell. I think that’s why my dad finally got out of it. You have to wear those cowboy boots and be sweet as pie. It makes me nervous, the politics of it all.”
She cited Lady Gaga as one of her favorite artists in the same interview, and previously complained that her “rock god” Radiohead refused to meet her backstage at the 2009 Grammys, so it does seem as though she does have much more alternative tastes than the sugary teen pop she’s pretty much forced to record. How much do you think Miley would prefer to have Taylor Momsen’s career, 16-year old goth-lite frontwoman of rock band Pretty Reckless, than continue down the pop path?
Personally, we’re looking forward to Miley taking a break from music for a few years. She can take a musical cue from her heavily-inked rocker brother Trace Cyrus from Metro Station, and burst back onto the scene with an edgier sound when she’s a bit older and more mature. They might not put her face on a backpack anymore, but she’ll be performing tunes she actually likes for once.