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It’s time to go on vacation. On the heels of releasing her eighth studio LP, Endless Summer Vacation, Miley Cyrus is celebrating her new music by performing the lead single “Flowers” and a handful of tracks in a new special airing on Disney+.
Dubbed Miley Cyrus: Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions), the musical event is streaming now on Disney+, and according to the streamer, “provides insight to her new album and the person she is today.”
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In the new 42-minute special, Cyrus performs her No. 1 hit, plus seven new songs from the album — all filmed at the same location she shot the “Flowers” music video and the former home of Frank Sinatra.
The Disney+ doc also features an interview with Cyrus, as well as a performance with Rufus Wainwright. While the Backyard Sessions special includes mostly debut performances of her just-released songs, she’ll also revisit her 2009 hit “The Climb,” which we ranked No. 6 on our list of the best Miley Cyrus songs.
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Earlier this week, Cyrus revealed a few details about her album, explaining that it’s broken up into two parts — both daytime and nighttime sides. “The a.m., to me, is representing the morning time, where there’s like a buzz, an energy, and there’s a potential of new possibilities. It’s a new day,” Cyrus says.
The singer-songwriter continued, “In the nighttime, it feels that there’s a slinky, seediness, and kind of a grime, but a glamour at the same time. In the evening, it’s a great time for rest, it’s a time to recover — or, it’s a time to go out and experience kind of a wild side. In L.A. there’s a certain energy to the night that you can kind of feel trouble boil up to the surface and it’s very inspiring to me.”
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Featuring “Flowers,” new track “River,” as well as songs featuring Sia and Brandi Carlile, Cyrus’ eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation is out on all major streaming platforms Friday and available to order on CD and vinyl now.
“What a moment to be a Miley Cyrus fan,” wrote Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone. “‘Flowers’ is more than just a surprise comeback hit — it’s the triumph of Mileyism. It’s been 10 years since her last Number One hit, ‘Wrecking Ball,’ at the height of her tabloid-scandal, electro-sleaze Bangerz era.
“But now she has finally transformed into the kind of old-school grown-up legend she’s always wanted to be. ‘Flowers,’ the lead single from Friday’s Saturn-return post-divorce album Endless Summer Vacation, marks the culmination of her unlikely journey from Hannah Montana to world-wise adulthood. This moment is the cherry on top of one of modern pop’s longest, most bizarre stories.”