It’s been an open secret that Miley Cyrus’ new music would be veering away from teen-pop toward rap and R&B. She set the Internet on fire earlier this year with a twerk video for the obscure song “Wop” by the Florida rapper J. Dash and is slated to appear on “23,” the upcoming single by producer Mike Will Made It featuring Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. But today she released “We Can’t Stop,” the Mike Will-helmed first single from her forthcoming album. Once you get past the opening screwed vocals, the beat is aimed at a pop crossover, resembling brooding tracks produced by Alex Da Kid (as on Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor”). Then comes the new Miley: “To my homegirls here with the big butts / shaking it like we at a strip club.”
Miley’s new album, according to RCA, will also feature work with Pharrell, Future, Will.i.am, and Dr. Luke.