Posted Aug 31st, 2015 (4:51 pm) by Jess Marsh
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Miley Cyrus just gave everyone with access to the internet a free gift.

As if hosting the event wasn't enough, Miley invited 31 former "Ru Paul's Drag Race" queens to serve as backup dancers in a performance of her brand new track, and announced a new free album, available on her website and SoundCloud. A video for the single has also surfaced, featuring Miley - or well, Miley's mouth - with some sort of glitter glue-like substance being poured into it.

The album, entitled Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, is 23 tracks, co-written and produced by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. Drawing inspiration for the title from the death of her dog Floyd in April 2014, the collaboration began when Miley was hospitalized two weeks later for a reaction to antibiotics. Wayne visited Miley in the hospital, and plans for future music were made.

Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz features more than a handful of guest appearances, not only from The Flaming Lips, but also Big Sean, Ariel Pink, and Sarah Barthel of Phantogram. The album as a whole is quite a bit different from 2013's Bangers, dabbling into dream pop and indie alternative more than once. Even her Big Sean collaboration is unexpected, seeming more fit for a dive bar scene in "True Detective" than something created by the minds behind "We Can't Stop" and "I Don't Fuck With You." I certainly don't mind the evolution.

Meeeeesah & Meeee @ da #vmas #doit

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Since the album was released for free, and was entirely funded by Miley herself, it does not count toward her contract with RCA. The lack of label influence likely has a lot to do with the drastic stylistic change. While tracks like "Dooo It" are exactly what we expect from Miley, the rest is something worth exploring. Its a new sort of weird beyond the shouting about smoking weed and tongue-wagging. Maybe this is an actual glimpse at the real Miley? Either way, it is an interesting move on her part.

Check out Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz below:

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