Miley Cyrus has been on a roller-coaster ride since the release of her 2013 album Bangerz. Four years ago, the actress and singer had just broken up with her now-fiancé, Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth, and the young star says she used that time to channel her broken heart into other creative projects. She made an album with The Flaming Lips, Big Sean and Ariel Pink. She chopped off all her hair, gyrated onstage with Robin Thicke and adorned herself with tattoos.
Now Cyrus has a different message. She knows we won’t forget that “Wrecking Ball” happened, but she’s not that person anymore. “No one stays the same,” she sings on her latest single, the title track off her upcoming album, Younger Now, due out September 29. Cyrus, now 24, is well-aware of her own 180-degree change. The electronic and hip-hop beats have been replaced with acoustic guitars and country twang, and her long, lightly pin-curled locks lay gracefully on her shoulders.
And while her spring single “Malibu” might be more Hannah Montana than “We Can’t Stop” Miley, she’s okay with that. “This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don’t give a f*ck, but right now is not a time to not give a f*ck about people,” she told Billboard in May. “I’m giving the world a hug and saying, ‘Hey, look. We’re good—I love you.’ And I hope you can say you love me back.”
If one thing is certain, it’s that Las Vegas loves Miley in all of her incarnations, and iHeartRadio always makes for a good excuse to catch the star sing. After all, that’s what Miley does best.
Miley Cyrus at iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena, September 23.