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"MILEY" is the second studio album by American singer Miley Cyrus. It was released on June 29, 2018, by Shadow Records for digital download and physical copy release. Cyrus began planning the project in early 2018 (around January), she was already working on her second album when she had just released her debut studio album. Cyrus described the album as "so much different than my previous one" and that is not a lie.

MILEY received mixed to general reviews from music critics (such as Entertainment Weekly, AllMusic, Billboard, Rolling Stone & PopMatters). They all highlighted the fact that the album was rushed and uncohesive. The record debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 with first-week sales of 325,023 copies. The album went on to become six-time platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America after moving six million (6,000,000) units in the country.

"Ready or Not" was released as the lead single from the album on April 27, 2018 and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was a massive hit worldwide and was being played non-stop on radio stations and was the song of the summer! "These Days" was the second single to be released from the album on June 7, 2018 and features Drake & Olly Alexander. Critics praised how Cyrus' & Alexander's voices matched it each other very well. "When I Look At You" was the third single from the album and was released on July 27, 2018. The music video showcases love and happiness. "Home With You" is the fourth and final single from the album and was released on September 21, 2018. This party anthem was being played around different clubs and radio stations over the world.


Background and production[]

Production on the album began in end January of 2018 a week after the release of Cyrus's debut album Bangerz (2018). After cancelling her Bangerz World Tour due to depression and health issues, Cyrus felt sorry for her fans and felt she needed to make up for it. She later announced that she had been working on her second studio album already to a fan on Twitter.

She described the album as "where pop and R&B will meet each other". She worked together with Max Martin, Pharell Williams and Mike Will Made-It, who also were producers on Bangerz, to make the record happen.


Release and artwork[]

A week before Ready or Not was released, Miley Cyrus went on to Twitter to start the trend

"#XDaysUntilReadyOrNot" from six to one. She released multiple snippets, lyrics and music video snippets on Twitter while getting ready to release the first single of the album.

On May 3, 2018, Miley Cyrus announced via Twitter that her second studio album is up for pre-order. On May 18, 2018, Miley Cyrus revealed the tracklist of the album via Twitter.

Singles[]

"Big Bad Wolf" was released as a buzz single and was released on March 30, 2018. The song peaked at number fourteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked within the top twenty worldwide.

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Official artwork for MILEY

"Ready or Not" was released on April 27, 2018 as the lead single of the album. The song peaked at number one at the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of the charts worldwide, marking international success for the song. The accompanying music video was released on the same date as release. The single went on to become a major success in sales, reaching certified diamond status by the RIAA for selling 10,000,000+ copies in the United States. Worldwide the song has sold over 16,800,000+ copies. The song [Ready or Not] also won "Choice Music: Summer Song" at the Teen Choice Awards and has been nominated six times in total at different award shows.

"These Days" was released on June 7, 2018, as the second single of the album. The song peaked at number one at the US Billboard Hot 100, marking Cyrus her third song to do so. The song also topped the charts worldwide, marking international success for the song. These Days was a major hit by the general public. The accompanying music video was released on the same dat as release. The single is certified 9x platinum in the United States for selling 9,000,000+ copies. The song has sold 14,000,000+ copies worldwide. The song [These Days] was nominated for a GRAMMY at the 2019 Grammy Awards for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance but it didn't took home the award.

"When I Look At You" was released on July 27, 2018, as the third single of the album. The song peaked at number fourteen on the US Billboard Hot 100. Worldwide the song peaked within the top fifteen. The music video for the song was released on on the same date as release, a couple hours later. The single is certified platinum in the United States for selling over 1,000,000+ copies in the United States. The song has sold 2,900,000+ copies worldwide.

"Home With You" was released on September 21, 2018, as the fourth and final single of the album. The song peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, worldwide the song reached top fifteen in different countries. The accompanying music video was released on the same day as release. The song is certified 3x platinum in the United States for selling 3,000,000+ copies in the country. Worldwide the song sold 4,900,000+ copies. Home With You received a nomination at the 2019 Twitter Music Awards for Best Party Song, the result for that is still pending.

Critical reception[]

MILEY received

mixed to general reviews from music critics (such as Entertainment Weekly, AllMusic, Billboard, Rolling Stone & PopMatters). They all highlighted the fact that the album was rushed and uncohesive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a yellow score of 54.

Entertainment Weekly: "It's only been a few months since Miley Cyrus released her most controversial project "Bangerz". And even though the era seemed to have much more success to profit from, Miley quickly cut it short when she announced she was already moving on to her new record" [...] "Nonetheless, [Miley] is a statement of how Cyrus is here to stay"

AllMusic: "For an album exploring Miley's country roots, it sounds like she has been listening to the genre for a couple of days. While there are few high points, most of the album is generic middle-of-the-road, country-pop and big downgrade from Bangerz".

Billboard: "With this new album, Miley has taken a turn into something different for her musically. And surprisingly, it didn't work nearly as well as Bangerz did. This album was hyped to be something fantastic but it's for the most part a misfire. But for the album's high moments (e.g. Heart Hypnotic, I'll Always Remember You, When I Look At You) it shows that Miley is still in here, she just needs to fight a little harder to come out and let the world see her as she is, and hopefully we'll get that with her third album"

Rolling Stone: "The lack of cohesion makes MILEY even messier than the first record, as Cyrus shows no soul in a massively 'desperate-for-a-hit' tracklist filled with emotionless and pre-made sound-like songs. Once again, Miley Cyrus proved her problem is trying to consolidate a concept and making it cohesive - just like the last time"

PopMatters: "Miley Cyrus totally knocked us off the edge when we knew the singer is releasing a new album only five to six months after her debut album 'Bangerz', and after her last disappointing of a project, she is back with another hits compilation, with tracks like "Home With You" to "These Days" featuring Drake and Olly Alexander and "No Excuses". The singer is just releasing albums for hits".

Tour[]

On June 3, 2018, Cyrus announced 'The Hurricane World Tour', her first tour as a solo artist (as she cancelled the Bangerz Tour due to (mental) health & anxiety issues). Within a matter of days, the whole tour was sold out and Cyrus added some more dates, but were sold out in a matter of days too. The tour began August 12, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada at the Rogers Arena, the tour lasted until December 19, 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia at the Jakarta Convention Centre, the tour was a major success as every show was sold out, 100% attendance and a almost $100M total gross.


Setlist[]

  1. We Can't Stop
  2. These Days
  3. Ready or Not
  4. Wrecking Ball
  5. When I Look At You
  6. Home With You
  7. Do My Thang
  8. Hurricane
  9. My Heart Beats For Love
  10. I'll Always Remember You
  11. Wherever I Go
  12. Real and True
  13. Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey cover)
  14. Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)
  15. Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart (Ariana Grande cover, changes weekly)
  16. Deja Vu
  17. Heart Hypnotic
  18. I'm Still Good
  19. Malibu
  20. Party In The U.S.A.
  21. You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home

Shows[]

Date City Country Veneu Attendance Reveneu
Leg 1 - North America (2018)
August 12 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena 19,000/19,000 $1,880,455
August 15 Tacoma United States Tacoma Dome 10,000/10,000 $1,006,444
August 16 Anaheim Honda Center 18,300/18,300 $1,640,459
August 18 Los Angeles Staples Center 15,440/15,440 $1,543,334
August 20 Oakland Oracle Center 20,000/20,000 $2,003,433
August 22 San Jose SAP Center 19,190/19,190 $1,889,340
August 24 Las Vegas Grand Garden Arena 17,157/17,157 $1,720,333
August 26 Denver Pepsi Center 20,000/20,000 $1,930,333
August 28 Rosemont Allstate Arena 18,500/18,500 $1,832,333
August 30 Dallas A. Airlines Center 14,136/14,136 $1,390,677
September 1 San Antonio AT&T Center 15,372/15,372 $1,473,444
September 3 Houston Toyota Center 19,000/19,000 $1,830,120
September 5 Tampa Tampa Bay Times Forum 21,500/21,500 $1,965,403
September 8 Miami American Airlines Arena 14,300/14,300 $1,389,444
September 9 Orlando Amway Center 12,434/12,434 $1,201,222
September 10 Atlanta Philips Arena 18,118/18,118 $1,789,433
September 12 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 15,100/15,100 $1,484,844
September 13 Toronto Air Canada Centre 16,623/16,623 $1,638,788
September 15 Boston United States TD Garden 19,580/19,580 $1,889,738
September 17 Brooklyn Barclays Center 19,000/19,000 $1,845,920
September 18 Washington D.C Verizon Center 18,506/18,506 $1,788,495
Leg 2 - Europe (2018)
September 24 Leeds England First Direct Arena 13,500/13,500 $1,300,230
September 27 London The O2 Arena 16,088/16,088 $1,477,433
September 29 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro 10,889/10,889 $1,200,320
October 1 Manchester England Phones 4u Arena 10,371/10,371 $1,199,304
October 3 Dublin Ireland 3Arena 8,477/8,477 $850,584
October 5 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier 17,000/17,000 $1,783,483
October 7 Oslo Norway Telenor Arena 15,000/15,000 $1,545,495
October 9 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe 16,000/16,000 $1,585,854
October 11 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena 20,000/20,000 $1,955,483
October 13 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen 10,000/10,000 $1,055,437
October 16 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt 13,500/13,500 $1,188,483
October 18 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum 12,700/12,700 $1,123,400
October 20 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi 17,512/17,512 $1,800,320
October 21 Lisbon Portugal MEO Arena 15,620/15,620 $1,458,444
October 23 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis 18,936/18,936 $1,800,239
October 25 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome 14,088/14,088 $1,355,545
Leg 3 - Oceania (2018)
November 9 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena 11,833/11,833 $1,688,343
November 11 Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena 12,472/12,472 $1,300,454
November 13 Brisbane Entertainment Centre 11,758/11,758 $1,155,432
November 16 Sydney Allphones Arena 15,635/15,635 $1,433,333
November 19 Perth Perth Arena 13,822/13,822 $1,267,384
Leg 4 - Latin & North America (2018)
November 24 Sao Paulo Brazil Anhembi Arena 32,528/32,528 $4,664,596
November 26 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio G.E.B.A. 18,000/18,000 $1,764,483
November 30 San Juan Puerto Rico Coliseo de Puerto Rico 6,400/6,400 $745,650
December 2 Charlotte United States T. Warner Cable Arena 13,734/13,734 $1,344,238
December 4 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 10,000/10,000 $1,023,548
December 6 St. Louis Scottrade Center 13,400/13,400 $1,333,822
December 8 Chicago United Center 15,643/15,643 $1,566,300
December 10 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center 14,536/14,536 $1,430,120
Leg 5 - Asia (2018)
December 15 Bangkok Thailand IMPACT Arena 9,320/9,320 $910,300
December 17 Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Arena 12,230/12,230 $1,201,222
December 19 Jakarta Indonesia J. Convention Center 9,340/9,340 $930,100

Tracklist[]

Credits adapted from the liner notes from MILEY.

MILEY - Standard Version

No. Title Length
1. "Deja Vu" (feat. Nicki Minaj) 3:15
2. "Big Bad Wolf"   3:14
3. "Let's Get Crazy"   2:36
4. "Ready or Not"   3:21
5. "No Excuses"   2:33
6. "Home With You"   3:11
7. "Heart Hypnotic"   3:25
8. "These Days" (feat. Drake & Olly Alexander) 3:31
9. "Real and True" (feat. Future & Mr. Hudson) 4:08
10. "I'll Always Remember You"   3:53
11. "Wherever I Go"   3:33
12. "When I Look At You"   4:09
13. "Hurricane" (feat. Armani) 4:04
14. "I'm Still Good"   3:18
15. "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home"   3:46

Charts[]

Weekly charts

Chart (2018) Peak position
Australia (ARIA) 1
Brazil (Brazilian Album Charts) 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 1
French Albums (SNEP) 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 1
UK Albums (OCC) 1
US Billboard 200 1

Certifications[]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) Diamond 500,000+
Canada (Music Canada) 6x Platinum 480,000+
France (SNEP) Diamond 500,000+
Germany (BVMI) Diamond 750,000+
United Kingdom (BPI) 4x Platinum 1,200,000+
United States (RIAA) 6x Platinum 6,000,000+

Release history[]

Country Date Version Format Label
Worldwide June 29, 2018 Standard • Deluxe CD • Digital download Shadow Records
United States June 29, 2019 Standard • Deluxe CD • Digital download Shadow Records
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