Miley Cyrus covers Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”, touring with Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop


For entirely different reasons, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey are the two most controversial pop singers working today. The former’s known for her sudden flourish as a pop music wild child, hanging out with rappers and massive teddy bears while wagging her tongue (and rear-end) at any authority figures. The latter fancies herself as a throwback of sorts, representing a bygone area of pop music class amid questions of general authenticity. Today, both worlds come a little closer as Cyrus covers Del Rey’s smash hit “Summertime Sadness” during a recent BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session.

While it’s surprising to see Cyrus in a turtleneck and not, say, rocking a steel wrecking ball, her cover is nonetheless beguiling. Gone is the original’s haze of dub and bass and the Nancy Sinatra undertones. In their place is the stark minimalism of a pseudo-folky cover, complete with light piano, jagged acoustic guitar, lush backing harmonies, and stand-up bass. Though Miley’s spent much of the year either “rapping” or belting, she opts for a low, husky whisper, managing to maintain some of Del Rey’s pomp while emphasizing more of the track’s inherent intimacy. Watch the replay below.

Update: In other Miley news, Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop have been confirmed as openers for her upcoming Bangerz tour.


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