Miley Cyrus Says Can’t Be Tamed Is All About Female Empowerment

'It's just about freeing yourself from anything you think is holding you back,' she says of her new album.

Miley Cyrus has always been about girl power. Her tracks like “7 Things” and “The Climb” may at first glance seem like party anthems or weepy ballads, but she thinks that upon closer inspection her lyrics empower young women. And she says the tracks on her new album, Can’t Be Tamed, are no different.

“I think ‘Tamed’ does it the best, and ‘Liberty Walk,’ ” she told MTV News. “It’s just about freeing yourself from anything you think is holding you back. And I think that’s really important, especially for girls, because so many people are told, ‘No, you can’t do something,’ or, ‘You need to be this because Mom and Dad say that, teachers say this.’ ”

Her advice? Try to see what advice makes the most sense for your life. “Really think about what you want to do for the rest of your life,” the 17-year-old said. “There’s a short amount of time, when you think about it, and no day needs to go by wasted.”

As for “Liberty Walk,” Cyrus said she tried to combine a very serious topic with a lighter sound. “I wrote it for women that feel like they’re stuck in abusive relationships, but it’s a dance song,” she said. “So you think that must be kind of a sad ballad, but it’s a party song. … It’s about breaking free.”

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