At risk of turning this into a Miley Cyrus blog, I have one more of her songs to share. In this case, she is performing in character as Ashley O, a Britney Spears-like pop star at the center of the new Black Mirror episode ‘Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.’
As with most Black Mirror episodes, the less said about the plot the better, so I’ll just note that Cyrus plays Ashley O, a teen idol who has just released an Alexa-like robot device called Ashley Too so her fans can have their own mini-Ashley companion.
I don’t know if Miley Cyrus’ collaboration with Mark Ronson will appear on her upcoming album, but the latest sneak peek at that release (in the form of an EP titled SHE IS COMING) suggests it will be worth listening to regardless.
SHE IS COMING is the first in a series of three planned EPs leading up to the album release. The next will be SHE IS HERE, followed by SHE IS EVERYTHING, all leading up to the album, titled SHE IS MILEY CYRUS. This is a similar release strategy to the one John Mayer used for his album The Search for Everything, when he dropped the album’s first eight songs over two EPs before releasing the full album.
British DJ/producer Mark Ronson has a new album due later this year, including contributions from Lykke Li, Camila Cabello, Alicia Keys and others.
Ronson’s last album, 2015’s Uptown Special, featured ‘Uptown Funk,’ the brilliant collaboration with Bruno Mars that dominated charts and is destined to be a dance floor staple for decades to come.
Rounding out week three of the 30 Day Music Challenge is one of my favorite categories yet: ‘A Song That is a Cover By Another Artist.’ Such a wealth of possibilities here!
My default first choice is Fiona Apple’s remarkable live rendition of Elvis Costello’s ‘I Want You’ (with Elvis accompanying on electric guitar). I love that performance enough to have chosen it as my 1,000th Song of the Day, so it is therefore ineligible today.
At #8 in the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll is Icana Pop’s ‘I Love It’ — a song that has really grown on me since I first heard it. It’s one of those songs that’s annoying if you just listen to it, but very effective when backing up the right images.
In the ninth spot is Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop.’ I’m a little surprised this track outranked ‘Wrecking Ball’ (which does show up in the top twenty) but I guess it was the song that really launched Cyrus’ freakazoid year.
Guest blogger Dana continues…
Dana’s Best Songs of 2013
Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’
Here is another song I came to through the controversial video and radio play. However, getting beyond Miley’s shedding of Hannah Montana and her controversial antics at various appearances, most notably the MTV music awards, the fact of the matter is, at least in my opinion, this is a damn good song.
Bolt promises to be the final non-Pixar computer animated film released by Disney, and it’s not a bad way to go out. Pixar films remain on a whole other level, cinematically and in terms of resonance, but there is certainly a place for solid family entertainment of a more pedestrian nature.
Bolt is certainly pedestrian, borrowing elements from everything from Toy Story 2 to The Truman Show, and there isn’t a moment you don’t know exactly where it’s going. But it’s also funny, exciting and charming and a perfectly nice way to spend an afternoon with your kids.