The video for ‘Younger Now’ directed by Diane Martel and co-directed by Cyrus features the singer paying homage to Elvis, perfectly timed with the 40-year anniversary of his death. Cyrus has long professed her love and admiration for Elvis, who she considers to be one of her biggest inspirations.
The Malibu music video has garnered almost 300 million views on VEVO and the song has generated 180 million streams and over 800K track sales worldwide. In celebration of Pride Month (June) Cyrus released her track ‘Inspired’ which will also be included on “Younger Now.” She performed ‘Inspired’ at the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert and recorded the song in her hometown of Nashville, TN. Miley made a donation to her foundation, the Happy Hippie Foundation in honor of ‘Inspired,’ a song for #hopefulhippies everywhere, with a vision of unity that overcomes division as well as a passionate call-to-action for young people to engage in their communities and help create social change.
Miley Cyrus is a singer-songwriter, actress, artist and philanthropist. With five #1 albums including her 2013 GRAMMY- nominated album “Bangerz,” which went Platinum in the U.S. and Australia, five sold out world tours and almost 30 million tracks sold, Cyrus is one of the most influential artists in pop culture. Most recently she showcased her artistic vision on her independent album “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz.” She is one of the most searched artists in Internet history with over 160 million digital platform subscribers and over 3 billion video views.
In addition to her success in music and television, Cyrus founded the nonprofit organization The Happy Hippie Foundation to rally young people to fight injustice. Since launching, the foundation has provided direct support to thousands of homeless and LGBTQ youth across the country. In 2015, amfAR honored Cyrus’ fight against HIV/AIDS with its Award of Inspiration and the Los Angeles LGBT Center honored her work on behalf of LGBT youth with its Vanguard Award. Most recently, Cyrus has been honored with Variety’s 2016 Power of Women award for all her philanthropic efforts.
Review by Thomas Bleach
Throughout her career Miley Cyrus has reinvented herself multiple times but the most drastic change came in 2013 during her “Bangerz” era where she did everything possible to shock and impress you. And it worked. But now for her sixth studio album she has gone back to her roots to rediscover herself. “Younger Now” hears Miley stripping it back with a country meets folk-pop delivery. The tracks hold onto her intimate and vulnerable lyrics that her last album perfected but instead there are no gimmicks added. It’s just her… raw, honest and 110% herself. Album opener and title track “Younger Now” is the biggest grower on the record. At first I found it a bit anti-climatic after the blissfully perfect “Malibu” but what this song perfects is that stare out of the window pop. And she continues that on the beautifully tragic love songs “Week Without You”, “I Would Die For You” and “Miss You So Much” which are some of the strongest tracks on the collection. “Thinkin” offers the most upset track which could’ve easily been a B-SIDE on “Bangerz” with it’s more contemporary production style. Sometimes this folk meets country sound can be a bit hit and miss and “She’s Not Him”, “Inspired” and “Rainbowland” are sadly victims of being forgettable. Her vocals have never sounded stronger or more fitting. This was truly the music she was meant to create and while it may not be potentially chart-topping that is okay because she’s created a pretty great record instead.
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