— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) June 19, 2013
Billboard: Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop’ Video Is Completely Insane
Twerking. Wrestling. Teddy bears. Miley and her pals cannot, in fact, stop.
If there was any doubt that “Miley Cyrus the adorable teenybopper” is long gone, the music video for “We Can’t Stop” puts that doubt to rest. The clip, which premiered on Wednesday (June 19), is fantastically unhinged and purposefully button-pushing; this music video simply needs to be seen to be believed.
Some of the many highlights from the 20-year-old’s visual opus: the word “twerk” being spelled out in alphabet soup before Cyrus and her pals engage in actual twerking; massive teddy bears strapped to various backs; Cyrus making out with a doll of herself; smoke shooting out from a nonchalant guy’s crotch; and some dangerous-looking female wrestling. At the end of the clip, Cyrus cuddles up with a male torso in one shot and grabs a friend’s boob in another, proving that she is, indeed, about dat life.
Produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, “We Can’t Stop” debuted at No. 11 on last week’s Hot 100 chart and previews Cyrus’ fourth full-length, which will be a highly different experience than 2010’s “Can’t Be Tamed.” “Right now, when people go to iTunes and listen to my old music, it’s so irritating to me because I can’t just erase that stuff and start over,” Cyrus told Billboard in our latest cover story. “My last record I feel so disconnected from — I was 16 or 17 when I made it. When you’re in your 20s, you just don’t really know that person anymore.”
The still-untitled effort will include production appearances from Will.i.am, Dr. Luke and Pharrell.
MTV: Miley Cyrus Gets ‘Dirrty’ In New ‘We Can’t Stop’ Video
Miley’s new scandalous, sexualized video proves she’s all grown up … if you weren’t already aware of that fact.
Given that Miley Cyrus has spent the past few months twerking in onesies, posing for photo shoots that include fashion credits like “briefs (worn as top)” and performing alongside topless dancers at something called “Christmas Creampies,” one couldn’t help but wonder what she’d do for an encore.
Well, on Wednesday (June 19), we found out, as Cyrus unveiled her Diane Martel-directed music video for “We Can’t Stop.” It’s a clip from a former ‘tween queen in the midst of shedding her good-girl image and it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. Scandalous, sexualized and strident, full of party-hearty sentiments and barely-there sartorial flair, it may be shocking, but it’s not as if Miley hadn’t been telegraphing this transformation since at least 2012.
So, yes, Miley pops in some grills, mean-mugs for the camera, sprawls out on the floor and shakes it all over the place. Of course, she twerks — she is justifiably proud of her twerking abilities — and drags around taxidermied animals and hangs out with a crew of of skuzzy partygoers.
She makes naughty hand gestures and wrestles with her pals and, at one point, appears to get kicked in the head. By the end, she’s resting out atop a lanky dude’s torso.
In short, “We Can’t Stop” is a self-designed Declaration of Independence, the kind Madonna first inked back in the 1980s, and various pop stars have been adding their signatures to ever since.
On the other hand, “We Can’t Stop” may actually be a brilliant bit of self-parody, a clip where Miley pokes holes in her newly minted status as both a party girl and a sex symbol. If that’s the case, that would explain some of its thoroughly WTF moments — Miley’s oversize Teddy Bear backpack, a skull made entirely of French fries, a scene where fake fingers are amputated and pink paint comes gloriously gushing forth.
That notion might also explain why it recalls classic videos like Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal,” not to mention the candy-colored excess of filmmakers like Harmony Korine and Gregg Araki.
I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s at least a working theory. With “We Can’t Stop,” Miley’s clearly saying something, exactly what is up to your interpretation. Growing up is hard to do, after all.
V Magazine: THE VIDEO: WE CAN’T STOP
The V staff gathered around a computer to watch Miley’s “We Can’t Stop,” premiere like it was Christmas morning today. We’ve obviously been anticipating the launch of Miley’s new album/image/lifestyle for a while now (see our current issue), and were still majorly impressed with the results, as seen here.
All teens go through a rebellious phase, and child-stars may have it the worst, with hardly a compass to turn from. And maybe out of the bird-flipping paparazzi-followed kids who have so much fun being bad, those with famous parents have the most to worry about, since they have the weakest connection to the average experience of their not-so-famous audience. And out of everyone, famous or not, few teens and twenty-somethings have the nerve and awareness to comment of the nature of their own rebellious phase with conviction.
In the past couple years, former Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus has been recorded allegedly smoking salvia and wearing clothing depicting marijuana… In her words, “I did a song with Snoop Dogg called ‘Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,’ so people can put it together for themselves” (Rolling Stone). Everyone experiments with sex, drugs, music, and other associations, making friends with the ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ crowds, getting positive or negative attention—both styles of which are still, in the end, what every growing girl wants: attention. Not everyone, though, reaches 12 million followers on Twitter by the time they are twenty years old. When every move you make makes major waves, you better take small steps, some would say.
But to Miley, growing up means growing out of a role that was so much an exaggeration of the pre-teen experience it became an iconic portrayal of it—Hannah Montana was her social-media-obsessed generation’s ultimate dilemma: she had to hide her true self from her real-life friends, since she was actually a fabulous superstar. Now the real Miley Cyrus, who is a star more famous than any version of Hannah, is giving us and all her fans the ultimate teen dilemma: she has to defend her habits because the adult world just won’t let her continue to have them.
In this video, Cyrus and all of her friends party like they can’t stop; they do bad things just because they can, in someone’s parents’ basement. She boils down all the classic no-parents-no-rules behaviors and editorializes them in a medley of exaggerated attitude, much in the same way her younger self would have created a montage of pre-teen drama for Disney. In some ways, she hasn’t strayed from her former ideals at all, and is making the smartest, boldest move anyone her position can make: growing with her fanbase, and solidifying that connection she has, amazingly, with a huge portion of the not-so-famous public. In her words again, “Remember only God can judge us / Forget the haters cause somebody loves ya” (“We Can’t Stop”)
Rolling Stone: Miley Cyrus Oozes Sex, Plays With Food in ‘We Can’t Stop’
The increasingly racy pop star gets her twerk on and more in this scandalous, over-the-top new video
Skulls made of French fries, candelabras lit by s’mores and sausage-stuffed piñatas are just three of the ways Miley Cyrus features food in the video for “We Can’t Stop,” which premiered today. Predictably, Miley’s twerking again – and less predictably, she’s doing it because alphabet soup told her to (just watch it).
Though the credits declare “Mike Will made it,” the video has Miley version 2013 all over it. By that, we mean a pimped-out party girl who’s about one thousand gyrations away from her former Disney guise. In a Q&A in the current issue of Rolling Stone, Miley doesn’t seem turned off by her new rep. “People refer to [cocaine] as Miley Cyrus,” she says. Her less-than-obscured pun on the drug molly in the lyrics point to her new persona, too: “You’re not allowed to say ‘molly’ on the radio, so it obviously says ‘Miley.’ I knew people were gonna wonder what I’m saying in that song,” she told Rolling Stone. Hey, it’s her party.
MTV Buzzworthy: Watch Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop’ Video, Then Relive The Twerking Madness…WITH GIFs!
If Rihanna is the queen of giving zero effs, then Miley Cyrus is definitely next in line for the throne, per her just-released “We Can’t Stop” video. (In fact, the “Ashtrays And Heartbreaks” chanteuse might even straight-up usurp the throne if Rihanna keeps wearing clothes!)
Anyway, if you couldn’t already tell by her new Billboard magazine cover, Cyrus 2.0 is in FULL EFFECT. If you’re into things like all-white-everything spandex outfits, skulls made out of french fries, and almost naked pool parties, then there’s no question that you’ll be into “Miley: The Next Generation.” ‘Cause it ain’t no party like a Miley Cyrus party, ’cause a Miley Cyrus party HAS GIFS. (See and relive all the twerking madness below.)
In the Mike WiLL Made It-directed video (P.S. he also produced the track!), Miley has curated her ultimate dream world: a NSFW-filled land where she can wear all the spandex she likes, writhe on a bed next to dudes who aren’t Liam Hemsworth, and twerk for however long she wants! (As she says, “Only god can judge us.”) With a handful of her most “fun” pals (pals who do things like eat money sandwiches), Miley throws a HUGE rager in a mansion, where she swats at hot dog-and-hamburger-filled piñatas (because candy is WAY too basic), works off her lunch on the elliptical, and chills with some life-size dancing bears. (Dunno about you, but we’re a little reminded of Taylor Swift’s furry “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” video. Except WAY less innocent.)
The whole clip is curated bizarreness at its very best, but we suppose if we had the amount of disposable income as Miley, we, too, could throw ragers with cold cut money sandwiches, “twerk“-themed alphabet soup (does it taste better when “twerk” is spelled out on a spoon??), and abnormally attractive friends. In the meantime, we’ll just watch “We Can’t Stop” a few more times and maybe buy a piñata for our next outdoor BBQ. And then see if any of our “artsy” friends might be interested in re-creating Miley’s french fry skull art.