Miley Cyrus has shared a self-directed music video for her new single “Midnight Sky.”
In the clip, Cyrus channels her inner Madonna as she struts around an array of resplendent scenes involving confetti, mirrors and neon lighting. The new single, on which the pop star proclaims her inherent self-worth, arrives after a tumultuous few months: Cyrus split from her husband Liam Hemsworth, sold her home in Malibu, changed her music release plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic and went through vocal cord surgery.
“I really had to deal with kind of the loss of my home in Malibu. I had to deal with the loss of a love in my life,” Cyrus told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe of the struggles she was going through, and her decision to address them on the new song. “I had to kind of be human and experience and grow, but then I wanted to tell it directly from my mouth and not from the idea of the public perception, because my story throughout my career has been told through the public perception a lot. I think I just want to regain that power.”
“Midnight Sky” comes nearly a year after Cyrus’ last release, the 2019 single “Slide Away.” In May 2019, she released the six-track project She is Coming, which was supposed to be the first of three EPs. But those plans have changed. “I was feeling like it didn’t make sense for me to continue the next two projects,” she told Lowe. “For my life, the way it evolves, how quickly it changes, how quickly I change, how public my experiences are, it doesn’t make sense for me to try to wrap up that big of a body of time in just a few songs and also even in a record.”
Cyrus much prefers releasing singles, she added, “because it allows you to talk to your fans in real time.” Check out her latest one here: