After a great deal of teasing and anticipation, Miley Cyrus has released the new song “Used to Be Young.” It’s the pop singer’s first new single since the release of Endless Summer Vacation in March. Watch the new song’s music video, directed by Jacob Bixenman and Brendan Walter, below.
Cyrus posted the “Used to Be Young” lyrics on social media ahead of the track’s release. She also explained, “These lyrics were written almost 2 years ago at the beginning of my ESV. It was at a time I felt misunderstood. I have spent the last 18 months painting a sonic picture of my perspective to share with you. The time has arrived to release a song that I could perfect forever. Although my work is done, this song will continue to write itself everyday. The fact it remains unfinished is a part of its beauty. That is my life at this moment ….. unfinished yet complete.”
Cyrus added in a press release, “This song is about honoring who we’ve been, loving who we are and celebrating who we will become. I feel proud when reflecting on my past and optimistic when thinking about the future. I am grateful to my loyal fans who make my dreams a reality daily. I am sincerely thankful for the stability of your steadfast support. This song is for you.”
In addition, regarding the music video, the musician stated, “It’s super emotional because I am kind of a mini-me of my mom and I could see her inside of the camera by using a technology where I could livestream with my mom from inside of the camera. So, we could see each other and as she was dancing it just made me cry, it made me laugh, it brought up so many real emotions and I think it’s really letting people into true emotion, which I don’t feel we get to see very much these days.”
Ahead of her new single’s release, Cyrus’ Endless Summer Vacation: Continued (Backyard Sessions) aired on ABC. In the program (which is streaming on Hulu), Cyrus discusses Endless Summer Vacation, the hit single “Flowers,” and more.
Since issuing Endless Summer Vacation, Cyrus has shared the music videos for “River” and “Jaded.” Cyrus made her album with producers Kid Harpoon, Mike Will Made-It, BJ Burton, and others. The LP also has collaborative songs with Brandi Carlile and Sia. Endless Summer Vacation follows 2020’s Plastic Hearts.