Plastic Hearts

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Plastic Hearts is the upcoming seventh studio album by American singer Miley Cyrus, to be released on November 27, 2020, by RCA Records. It is Cyrus' first full-length album since Younger Now (2017) and first body of work since She Is Coming (2019). The album was originally titled She Is Miley Cyrus and was planned to be released in 2019; however, Cyrus' divorce from Liam Hemsworth, vocal cord surgery and the COVID-19 pandemic posed significant delays. It features production by Louis Bell, the Monsters & Strangerz, Happy Perez, Mark Ronson, Andrew Watt, and Andrew Wyatt. Guest vocals are provided by Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Dua Lipa, and Stevie Nicks.

Plastic Hearts
Miley Cyrus - Plastic Hearts.png
Standard album artwork; limited edition DTC copies feature alternate album artworks with Cyrus pictured in black-and-white and full color[1]
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 27, 2020 (2020-11-27)
Length38:15
LabelRCA
Producer
Miley Cyrus chronology
She Is Coming
(2019)
Plastic Hearts
(2020)
Singles from Plastic Hearts
  1. "Midnight Sky"
    Released: August 14, 2020
  2. "Prisoner"
    Released: November 19, 2020

"Midnight Sky" was released as the lead single from Plastic Hearts on August 14, 2020, and peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100. "Prisoner" featuring English singer Dua Lipa was released as the second single from the album on November 19, 2020.

Background and productionEdit

"[Younger Now] was obviously a little bit more country influenced, but I still really love pop music and I love music that can be played at the club."

— Cyrus discussing her shift in musical direction since Younger Now (2017)[2]

Cyrus grew distant from the mainstream hip hop culture she was involved with while working on her albums Bangerz (2013) and Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015), and leaned towards "rootsy" country music elements while making her sixth studio album Younger Now (2017).[3] The album was released on September 29, 2017 to lukewarm critical and commercial performance. It received an average score of 58 out of 100 on Metacritic,[4] and charted at number five on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 33,000 copies and 45,000 overall album-equivalent units.[5] Its lead single "Malibu" became her ninth top-ten single on the US Billboard Hot 100, while the title track peaked at number 79.[6] Cyrus confirmed there would be no further singles only one month after the album was released and that she would not be touring for it.[7]

Two weeks before Younger Now was released, Cyrus stated that she was "over [the album]" and was "already two songs deep on the next one;"[8] however, she later said that she began working on the album in early 2018.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] In December 2019, Cyrus acknowledged that the musical direction of Younger Now "wasn't exactly the home for [her]" and credited Ronson with "[helping her] carve out [her] sound, where [she] could do everything that [she wanted], which is more modern."[2] Cyrus later cited Britney Spears and Metallica as musical influences on the album.[18]

ReleaseEdit

"My record is called She Is Miley Cyrus. 'She' does not represent a gender. She is not just a woman. 'She' doesn’t refer to a vagina. She is a force of nature. She is power. She can be anything you want to be, therefore, she is everything. She is the super she. She is the she-ro. She is the She-E-O."

— Cyrus describing the meaning of the album's original title[19]

Cyrus deleted all posts from her Instagram account in July 2018 and was absent from social media through November, when she returned to announce her collaboration with Ronson and continued work on her forthcoming record.[20][21] Cyrus and Ronson told Matt Wilkinson of Beats 1 that they were "80% done" with their albums, and tentatively planned for Cyrus' project to be released in June 2019.[22]

Cyrus held a private listening session of the album for iHeartRadio executives upon announcing its completion in May.[23] On May 9, Cyrus announced on social media that she would be releasing new music on May 30,[24] and later stated that the rollout of her new music would be "unconventional."[25] On May 31, Cyrus tweeted that the record would be titled She Is Miley Cyrus, and that it would be preceded by three six-song extended plays: She Is Coming on May 31, She Is Here in the summer, and She Is Everything in the fall.[26][27] Cyrus described the three EPs to be "different [chapters] to a trilogy" that together form the full-length record.[28] Their track listings were to be "seasonal" in nature; she related She Is Coming to "[wanting to feel] light and feel the warmth" of early summer, and She Is Here and She Is Everything to being "colder and a little darker" as the release cycle was to extend into the fall.[9] She Is Here was inspired by "the present of where [Cyrus is] at," while She Is Everything was to be comparatively more ballad-driven.[9] She later explained that the "she" pronoun in the album title describes the "most confident version of herself."[19]

Cyrus continued work on the record following her separation from husband Liam Hemsworth in August.[29] The following month, it was reported that Cyrus was undecided between updating the existing album that was completed before her divorce or scrapping that version of the record altogether.[30] On October 20, it was speculated from Cyrus' Instagram Live video that the release date for the full-length album was scheduled for her birthday on November 23, 2019.[31] On November 3, Ronson stated that Cyrus' collaborations with him were tentatively planned to be released before the end of that year.[32] On November 9, however, it was reported that Cyrus' new music would be delayed until early 2020 due to her vocal cord surgery earlier that month.[33]

On New Year's Day 2020, Cyrus uploaded a highlight video of the past decade and announced that "[the] new era starts now."[34] She stated that "[she was] getting super close [and was] feeling the urgency" during an interview with DJ Smallzy on March 4.[35] She tweeted a clip of the music video for her Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus song "Start All Over" with the hashtags "#sheiscoming" and "#butforrealthistime" on August 4.[36] With the release of the single "Midnight Sky" on August 14, Cyrus confirmed the cancellation of the She Is Here and She Is Everything EPs, citing that "this year has been extremely unexpected [and] I guess I was feeling like it didn't make sense for me to continue the next two projects."[37] She stated that she did not have plans to release the full-length album in the near future because "when you write a record, a lot of the time, you're writing your experiences, and then by the time the record comes out, you've evolved past that experience" whereas releasing standalone singles "allows you to talk to your fans in real time." She later stated that she would wait until she could tour again to release the record,[38] however the album was later reported to be released in November.[39] On October 23, Cyrus announced that the album would now be titled Plastic Hearts and would be released on November 27; it became available for preorder that day.[40]

ArtworkEdit

The album artwork for Plastic Hearts was photographed by Mick Rock, who is widely known for his work with performers including Joan Jett and Debbie Harry.[41] In the limited edition colored artwork, Cyrus is pictured with a blonde mullet, wearing a sleeveless black-and-white shirt with the word "censored" printed on it, and accessorized with gold jewelry.[42] The standard and digital album artwork applies a pink filter to Cyrus' image, while limited edition copies from Cyrus' website feature black-and-white as well as the full color variants.[43]

SinglesEdit

Plastic Hearts was made available for pre-order on October 24, 2020 with three songs available to download. These were lead single "Midnight Sky", live covers of "Heart of Glass" (originally released September 29, 2020) and "Zombie".[40] "Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)", a mash-up of "Midnight Sky" with Stevie Nicks' song "Edge of Seventeen" was released as the fourth pre-release download on November 6, 2020 and released to radio in Italy on November 9.[44][45] "Prisoner", featuring English singer Dua Lipa, was released as the album's second single on November 19, 2020.[46] The music video was released the same day.[47]

PromotionEdit

Cyrus was interviewed by Zane Lowe for Apple Music 1, to be released on November 23, 2020.[48]

Track listingEdit

Standard edition[49][50]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."WTF Do I Know"
2:51
2."Plastic Hearts"
  • Cyrus
  • OneRepublic
  • Tamposi
  • Wotman
  • Bell
  • Watt
  • Bell
3:25
3."Angels like You"
  • Cyrus
  • OneRepublic
  • Tamposi
  • Wotman
  • Bell
  • Watt
  • Bell
3:16
4."Prisoner" (featuring Dua Lipa)2:49
5."Gimme What I Want"
  • Watt
  • Bell
2:31
6."Night Crawling" (featuring Billy Idol)
  • Cyrus
  • OneRepublic
  • Pollack
  • Tamposi
  • Wotman
  • Nathan Perez
  • Idol
  • Watt
  • Happy Perez
3:09
7."Midnight Sky"
  • Watt
  • Bell
3:43
8."High"Mark Ronson3:16
9."Hate Me"
  • Cyrus
  • Tamposi
  • Wotman
  • Bell
  • Watt
  • Bell
2:37
10."Bad Karma" (featuring Joan Jett)
  • Cyrus
  • Juber
Ronson3:08
11."Never Be Me"
  • Cyrus
  • Juber
  • Ronson
Ronson3:35
12."Golden G String"Wyatt3:55
Total length:38:15
Digital edition[50]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)" (featuring Stevie Nicks)
  • Watt
  • Bell
3:40
14."Heart of Glass" (live from the iHeart Festival) 3:33
15."Zombie" (live from the NIVA Save Our Stage Festival)Dolores O'Riordan 4:50
Total length:50:18
Apple Music backyard session edition[51]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
16."High" (backyard sessions)
  • Cyrus
  • Decilveo
  • Smith
Ronson 
17."Plastic Hearts" (backyard sessions)
  • Cyrus
  • OneRepublic
  • Tamposi
  • Wotman
  • Bell
  • Watt
  • Bell
 
18."Golden G String" (backyard sessions)
  • Cyrus
  • Wyatt
Wyatt 
19."Angels like You" (backyard sessions)
  • Cyrus
  • OneRepublic
  • Tamposi
  • Wotman
  • Bell
  • Watt
  • Bell
 
Japanese edition[52]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
16."Who Owns My Heart" (live from the iHeart Festival)
 

Release historyEdit

Release history for Plastic Hearts
Region Date Formats Labels Refs.
Various November 27, 2020 RCA [50][53]
Japan December 16, 2020 CD Sony Music [54][55]

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