Miley Cyrus’ latest album, Bangerz, recently surpassed the threshold of one million copies sold and now the singer says she is hard at work on making music for a follow-up. Her next album will feature a big collaboration, as Cyrus has revealed she is teaming up with none other than the Flaming Lips to write some new songs.
Entertainmentwise notes on Tuesday that while Bangerz was largely produced with the help of computers, Cyrus said the Flaming Lips are “real musicians,” adding that “they've had me on this journey that's greater than anything I've been on. It's really deep.”
The origin of her relationship with the band dates back to late last year, when Cyrus read an interview Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne did with Rolling Stone in which he said he liked one of her shows. The band then joined her onstage during a stop on her Bangerz tour in February to perform the Lips’ "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots."
Their chemistry later translated into a studio session that yielded trippy covers of the classic Beatles tunes “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life.”
Coyne underscored their musical kinship on Tuesday when he tweeted a photo of a Flaming Lips playlist Cyrus had put together for Rolling Stone, along with an affectionate caption. In the intro to the playlist, Cyrus said she’s been excluding all other music to listen to them for the past few months, even going so far as to erase everything else on her phone.
“My entire world is wrapped up in this collaboration and magical friendship,” she said. Cyrus also previously said the Flaming Lips’ music has helped her mourn the loss of her dog Floyd, who was killed by coyotes last month.
Coyne, on the other hand, has had no problem returning the love, drawing comparisons between the “childlike, like kids on acid” style of their respective shows and common belief that “art is supposed to be fun.”
“She's just a freak. I love her to death," he said.
The 21-year-old is also making headlines this week for comments she made at a recent performance at London’s G-A-Y nightclub. Cyrus reportedly took a swipe at people who “broke [her] heart, particularly one,” sparking rumors that it might have been directed at ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth. She later clarified the comments on Twitter, however, saying they had nothing to do with Hemsworth and that she was “just tryin [sic] to rile up the boys.”