Miley Cyrus dropped her new single, “We Can’t Stop,” last week, and it immediately became an early contender for song of the summer. With its party vibe and sing-along chorus about dancing the night away, the track is likely to make its way onto every beachgoer’s playlist this season.
The lead single off Miley’s 2013 album touches on more mature subject matter than the singer has belted out in the past, which makes a bit of sense given its backstory. Producer Mike Will Made It revealed that while the song feels distinctly Miley Cyrus now, he had another pop princess in mind when he started composing it.
“It was kind of crazy ’cause … when I originally worked on ‘We Can’t Stop,’ we had did it for Rihanna,” the producer told MTV News. “The idea was more towards Rihanna. And then Rihanna, she heard [her Unapologetic track] ‘Pour It Up,’ and then she got on ‘Pour It Up’ right away. And she didn’t even hear ‘We Can’t Stop.’ So then we finished up the record.”
After wrapping up his time with Rihanna, Mike began toying with the idea that “We Can’t Stop” might be the perfect way to kick off the next chapter in Miley’s career. So, after her team heard it, and the former Disney star gave it two thumbs up, she headed into the booth and put her own stamp on the tune, which is partly inspired by a real-life soiree. While recording, Miley and Mike forged a fruitful musical partnership that spawned the song.
“She liked it, so I thought we were going to knock out one record, and we ended up going in, caught a good vibe, and she’s real cool, regular person,” Mike explained. “We went in, she nailed the record, and she did it with her swag. So it sounds totally different than from what we originally tried to come up with.”
The day Miley dropped the song, MTV News’ cameras were with the singer, who shared that “We Can’t Stop” really sums up who she is as a person and as an artist these days. “Like the song says, we can love who we want. I’m really free about the way I feel and who I am,” she explained last week. “Of course, I want people to love my music, but it’s like, at the end of the day, I make music for me. I make music ’cause I love it and I know, like I said, I put good energy into it. I want to make this song the biggest song in the world.”