Welcome to a whole new Miley Cyrus.
The title track from her newest album, Can't Be Tamed, debuted Friday, and on Tuesday night (May 4), E! News premiered the song's video. In the clip, Miley is trapped in a cage while dressed up like a bird, trashing the museum she's contained in and newly sexualized now that she's Disney-free.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest that ran after the video's debut, Cyrus said the video wasn't about her new attitude, but about putting a story to the rebellious track. A museum curator introduces "a creature so rare it was believed to be extinct" to a crowd of posh attendees, announcing that "in captivity for the first time, the rarest creature on Earth, Avis Cyrus."
Cue the reveal of Cyrus in a giant cage, dressed in a skimpy black outfit replete with feathers and CGI wings. Someone snaps a photo, and she is startled and shields herself with the wings, causing the guests to become uncomfortable. Then the music starts thumping, and Cyrus and her dancers make their way out of the cage, shattering exhibits as they go. After rolling around in peacock feathers and getting up close and personal with some of her dancers, the video ends with Cyrus back in her cage with the museum empty and trashed.
"The reason I loved doing this video is because I wanted it to be something different for a female artist," Cyrus explained to Seacrest. "It is a sexy video, and you can't really take that away from it, but it's not the premise."
She said her friends and fans have been waiting for her to make a move to the next incarnation of Miley Cyrus for a while, and she thinks this is something they will be proud of. Her "Hannah Montana" fans have grown up with her, she said, and this is the first step for all of them toward "growing up." Her mother, Tish, was on set with her during the video shoot, though she did say she made boyfriend Liam Hemsworth leave the set after 20 minutes so he wouldn't get distracted by all the "hot girl dancers" also on set.
"It's not a new Miley; it's just a new part of me," Cyrus said about the video.
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