THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013 |
Posted by: Omar Samuels
Miley Cyrus is stepping into brand-new territory. She has officially declared her new contract with RCA Records where she will be releasing her fourth studio album later this year. This will be her very first album released without any input from The Walt Disney Company.
Miley is very intent on continuing to break away from the innocent image that working with Disney as a child had cursed her with. Over the past few years, she has been the subject of a slew of petty controversies that have been only intensified by the fact that we as a general audience - a critical one - can't seem to shed the clean image of "Hannah Montana." This is despite the the fact that the show has been over for more than two years now, and her personal and commercial breakout from Disney was becoming more apparent to the world (especially since the release of Breakout in 2008). Breakout and 2010's Can't Be Tamed sent critics and fans into a tiff over her radical new look and attitude. But she was still stuck with Disney due to her contract with the show and the music contract (as Hannah Montana). As such, the company had "always been on [her] back."
According to Miley during an interview with Seventeen magazine, she was "basically carrying two people's careers and trying to make [hers] the priority." This is the first release she will have since the end of her contract(s) with Disney, and she likens her anxiety to that of a new artist "trying to make a first impression." Although the title of the album has not been officially released, rumor has it that Danger Zone is at least the code name of sorts for the project. Apt name, wouldn't you think?
Not only is she entering new territory as an artist unaffiliated with Disney, but she's also exploring musical genres. Danger Zone is set to feature work from the likes of Hit-Boy and Tyler, the Creator, among others. She told Seventeen that she was by no means trying to make a hip-hop album, and that the album is a combination of musical and lyrical tastes that she'd acquired while growing up and listening to music from a selection of different sources.
When it comes down to it, Miley Cyrus is a true talent and has the potential to be an incredible artist. She has grown into her own especially when covering classic tunes. These covers were all released since Can't Be Tamed as well as her emancipation from the Disney shackles.
If Danger Zone is anywhere near as captivating as the videos below, we might find ourselves on the M-C bandwagon.
Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"
Dolly Parton's "Jolene"