After delivering an emotional performance of her latest single, “Malibu”, last night at the Billboard Music Awards, Miley Cyrus has officially built a new and improved home in the heart of music.
Over the past decade, Cyrus has been consistently changing her image in hopes of breaking away from her old Disney Channel brand. When she entered the world of fame as a young teenager, Miley was quickly idolized and had every young girl begging to see her in concert as Hannah Montana. Once Cyrus started to mature, it became clear that the Hannah Montana lifestyle was no longer for her. She quickly shed her bubble-gum pop sound, and began introducing more mature content (which led to a complete melt down in the media). But it wasn’t until the VMA Awards in 2013, where she danced on stage with Robin Thicke and a foam finger, that she officially burned her Disney image to the ground. After that performance, Cyrus was practically branded as a lost cause who wouldn’t get much support moving forward in the music business.
Now, almost 4 years after the foam finger, Cyrus has surprised us all with her new single, attitude, and outlook on life. Unlike her previous songs, “Malibu”, is soft and lovely and the perfect example of what a comeback song should sound like. Her voice sounds beautiful, the lyrics are heart-warming, and the tune is comforting. It’s the type of song that should make an appearance on everyone’s happy, summer playlist.
Cyrus includes lyrics in “Malibu” about her past and sings “I never would’ve believed you, If three years ago you told me, I’d be here writing this song.” Those lines sum up the entire message of the song, and it’s a beautiful one. If the goal of this song was to not only serve as her comeback, but to also steal back the hearts of her fans, Miley has accomplished that and much more.