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Miley Cyrus Surprise-Releases New Album Following VMA Performance

Singer’s collaborative LP with Flaming Lips titled ‘Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz’

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Miley Cyrus surprise-released her new album 'Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz' following her VMA performance

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Miley Cyrus capped off the show with a glittery, wild performance of a new song titled “Dooo It” before announcing her new album, titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, was available to stream for free at her website. After a slow, solo entrance, past contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race joined the singer to vogue alongside her.

Towards the end of the performance, Cyrus’ good friend and Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne joined her onstage to place a long, phallic, confetti cannon between her legs. As soon as she wrapped up, she announced the free LP and flashed the site’s URL on-screen before more confetti and glitter shrouded the stage.

The 23-track LP – recorded with Coyne and the Flaming Lips – also features guests Big Sean, Ariel Pink and Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel. Five of the tracks feature production from Cyrus’ Bangerz cohort Mike Will Made It. A pair of tracks, “Twinkle Song” and “Pablow the Blowfish,” were written and produced by Cyrus by herself, while “Miley Tibetan Bowlzzz” notes that Miley’s father Billy Ray Cyrus recorded the track.

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In May, Coyne revealed that Cyrus and the Flaming Lips had teamed for a collaborative LP that they had recorded over the past year. “She does the pop thing so great, so it still feels pop, but a slightly wiser, sadder, more true version,” Coyne said, adding that he and fellow Flaming Lip Stephen Drozd were mixing the then-untitled album. “Some of it reminds me of Pink Floyd and Portishead.” Later that month, Cyrus and Flaming Lips debuted their track “Tiger Dreams” at an Adult Swim upfront; “Tiger Dreams” would reappear on Dead Petz with guest Ariel Pink.

Cyrus also played a significant role on the Flaming Lips’ 2014 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band covers album With a Little Help From My Fwends. On that tribute disc, Cyrus contributed vocals to the Beatles classics “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life.”

“I’ve been listening to [the Flaming Lips] for the past three months, to the exclusion of all other music – literally, I’ve erased everything else on my phone,” Cyrus told Rolling Stone in May 2014. “My entire world is wrapped up in this collaboration and magical friendship.”

Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz Track List

1. “Dooo It”
2. “Karen Don’t Be Sad”
3. “The Floyd Song (Sunrise)”
4. “Something About Space Dude”
5. “Space Boots”
6. “Fuckin Fucked Up”
7. “BB Talk”
8. “Fweaky”
9. “Bang Me Box”
10. “Milky Milky Milk”
11. “Cyrus Skies”
12. “Slab of Butter (Scorpion)” (Featuring Sarah Barthel of Phantogram)
13. “I’m So Drunk”
14. “I Forgive Yiew”
15. ” I Get So Scared” 16. “Lighter”
17. “Tangerine” (featuring Big Sean)
18. “Tiger Dreams” (featuring Ariel Pink)
19. Evil Is But a Shadow”
20. “1 Sun”
21. “Pablow the Blowfish”
22. “Miley Tibetan Bowlzzz”
23. “Twinkle Song”


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