Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Miley Cyrus Dropping a Whole New Single This Week Because “Flowers” Mega Hit Never Had a Follow Up


Miley Cyrus is dropping a whole new single on Thursday night.

This seems odd since Miley’s “Flowers” was the biggest hit on 2023, from her album “Endless Summer Vacation.” It’s sold the equivalent of 5.3 million copies including streaming.

But while “Flowers” is still on the charts since the beginning of the year, the album is not. “Endless Summer Vacation” sold the equivalent of 850,000 copies and just 110,000 actual paid downloads and CDs. The album never produced a big follow up single, either. “Flowers” — even though it’s by an established artist– has acted more like a one off hit, a la (for example) Carly Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

So Miley will try to revive the album this week by releasing a new song, “Used to Be Young,” which will be added to “Endless Summer Vacation” and added to an updated documentary that will air on ABC this Friday. The documentary without “Used to Be Young” ran back in April on Disney Plus. The updated version will have a new interview with Miley plus the video for the new song.

It’s a head scratcher why radio didn’t give a follow up hit to “Flowers.” The same thing happened to Adele’s “Easy on Me.” The record company (in both cases, Sony) kind of just the first hit go very big and didn’t put a lot of elbow grease into a successor. In the old days of the biz you could get two or three hits out of an album. These days, with streaming milking all the tracks simultaneously, it’s a nearly impossible task.

No word yet on who wrote “Used to Be Young” but the snippet of lyrics released last week could be sung to the tune of “Flowers” in that cadence. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.

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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