Monday, April 15, 2024

Miley Cyrus Has Her First Number 1 Single Since 2013 — a Decade — with Blockbuster “Flowers”


Miley Cyrus has been a celebrity for a long, long time thanks to her childhood series, “Hannah Montana.”

Then she launched an adult singing career which culminated in 2013 with back to back singles. They were “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball.” She twerked on national TV, got very raunchy, tried country music, released a punk album, and made a lot of mistakes. She was straight, married, fluid, she posed naked, she was a mess, she was everything. Her audience got exhausted.

Now Miley — who recently turned 30 — has her first actual hit in a decade. “Flowers” has rocketed to the top of every chart, from iTunes to Spotify. It’s a radio hit, too. Part of the success here was moving from RCA Records, where she’d worn everyone out, to cousin Columbia Records. Columbia is hot right now with Adele, Harry Styles, Lil Nas X, and Kid Laroi, among others. In fact, Miley was featured on a Laroi remix in 2021 called “Without You,” that set the stage for her return.

“Flowers” is written by Gregory Aldae Hein and Michael Pollack, two hot songwriters of the moment. Lightning has struck as Miley prepares to release a new album next month presumably featuring just as well thought out songs and presentation. Maybe she’ll appear on the Grammys. Now, if she doesn’t blow it this time she could have a second chance at a hit recording career. That would be very nice.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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