"Number one is my relationship with Liam [Hemsworth]," she says in the March issue of the magazine, out February 5. "That's what I feel the most confident in because you never know; there's so much hype behind my new record, but it could come out and, worst-case scenario, everyone f---ing hates it."
But, that doesn't mean she hasn't been working on hard on the 2013 album release, her first since she tried to make a mature statement on 2010's Can't Be Tamed. This one, she says, has been made completely on her own terms.
"I've never gotten to make a record like this because Disney's always been on my back saying, 'You've got to promote the TV show in two months, so make sure your record's done...and when you promote your record, can you promote the show, the movie and the "Hannah Montana" record?' I was basically carrying two people's careers and trying to make mine the priority. Now, it's almost like being a new artist and trying to make a first impression," she said. "I think the best thing I could have done was take those two years off to really live, because now people don't think of me as who I was on the TV show."
And, that means she's trying it all out on this album. In addition to working with the likes of Pharrell, she also hooked up with an Odd Future bad boy.
"I wrote this song with Mary J. Blige, and Tyler, the Creator heard it and said, 'I am obsessed with this song, and I will guest on it if you promise me that you will keep it on the album.' And he killed it! I really didn't want to make a hip-hop record, and I'm not trying at all to be a Rihanna or a Nicki [Minaj]....That's not my vibe," she said. "When I was growing up, my older brother would sneak me Nelly CDs, my dad had me listening to Dolly [Parton] and Johnny [Cash], and my mom is a complete metal head. So this record is a weird mixture of all that."
Despite not wanting to make a hip-hop album, she is certainly feeling that vibe. One of her biggest go-to albums these days is from another Odd Future player. "Frank Ocean's record is so good. And I like that he came out and admitted he was gay, because that still affects people's careers. If you don't think it does, it f---ing does, and he did not care," she said. "I think it's going to make him even bigger."
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