In her hit single “Party in the U.S.A.,” [artist id="2408193"]Miley Cyrus[/artist] famously claims that a [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] song saved her life (or at least made her taxi ride from LAX bearable). But which one of Hov’s hits is she singing about?
Turns out, she doesn’t know. Because she’s never actually heard a Jay-Z song.
That’s what we learned in a new interview posted on Cyrus’ MileyWorld Web site, in which the singer — who, it should be noted, is dressed like Pocahontas (it was backstage, before her Halloween concert in Louisville, Kentucky) — was asked by a reporter which Jay-Z tune inspired the line in “Party.” And, well, let’s just say she answered his question honestly.
“I don’t know, I didn’t write the song, so I have no idea,” she said. “Honestly, I picked that song because I needed something to go with my clothing line. I didn’t write it [and] I didn’t expect it to be popular, originally. It was just something that I wanted to do and I needed some songs and it turned out for the best.”
She’s correct, she didn’t write “Party” (a songwriting team of Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly and Jessica Cornish did), but surely — as the rather dumbfounded reporter asked in his follow-up — she can agree with the song’s sentiment. She’s got to be a Jay-Z fan, right?
“I’ve never heard a Jay-Z song. I don’t listen to pop music,” Cyrus answered. “['Party in the U.S.A.'] is not even my style of music. I’m really blessed for it to have done as well as it has. Totally blessed. God has definitely put me in an amazing position with amazing people.”
Undoubtedly reeling from the magnitude of that claim, the reporter decided to shift gears, jokingly asking Cyrus if she has any plans to cover her father’s massive 1992 hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” But Miley wasn’t ready to let the Jay-Z thing drop.
“No, no thank you,” she said. “That’s like covering a Jay-Z song. That’s not going to happen.”