SHE'S JUST BEING MILEY

Miley Cyrus’ New Video “Malibu” Trades Over-the-Top Showmanship for California Chill

She’s just being Miley, a more chill Miley.


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Miley Cyrus is back with a new music for the first time in more than a year, and unlike her most recent effort, this one does not feature her as a giant dancing baby. The video for the song “Malibu,” from her forthcoming untitled album, ditches Cyrus’ previously over-the-top showmanship and replaces it with a serene, practically demure feel not seen since the 24-year-old’s Disney days.

Cyrus teased the single and video’s release on Twitter{: rel=nofollow} early Thursday morning, writing that she was “sooooo excited” and could “barely sleep.” The video’s chill vibe matches the song’s beachy title and features Cyrus singing on the beach, in the fields, and underneath waterfalls with minimal props and no flashy getups. Instead, the singer frolics around in various simple all-white ensembles, her only statement accessory a handful of brightly colored balloons.

OK, to be fair, the balloons are not the only statement: Cyrus is also wearing her vintage-inspired engagement ring from fiancé Liam Hemsworth in the video. The presence of the ring makes sense, considering the two have been back together since early 2016, and Cyrus wrote the song about Hemsworth (while in an Uber on the way to film The Voice). “They’re going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam,” Cyrus told Billboard{: rel=nofollow} about writing the love song. “So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, ‘This is how I feel.'”

“Malibu” is one of 10 tracks off Miley Cyrus’ new album, which also features a song about Hillary Clinton and one about women in the workplace, according to Billboard. The album is due out later this year.

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The Many Looks of Miley Cyrus

At the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards, Miley Cyrus donned a purple, beaded dress that would totally inspire all the middle school mean girls for their 8th grade formal.

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At the Monster House premiere in July 2006, Cyrus dared bare some upper calf. Racy.

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For the 2008 Grammys, the then-Hannah Montana actress attempted a more grown-up look in white Celine—a simple dress that perfectly accentuated her weirdly orange skin and lengthy extensions.

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At the 2009 Academy Awards, the pop star bounced back to her squeaky clean image in Zuhair Murad, channeling a glitzy mermaid instead of off-duty Lindsay Lohan.

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At a 2009 premiere of the Hannah Montana Movie, the singer-actress paired a neon pink blouse with a bohemian leather necklace, boot cut jeans, and platform sandals—a look that was undoubtedly celebrated across Tween-America.

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At the December 2009 Jingle Bell Ball, Cyrus paired studded combat boots with metallic accessories and shimmering hot pants. A sassy hand-on-hip pose completed this I’m Not A Starlet, Take Me Seriously look.

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Anne Hathaway, is that you? At the 2010 Academy Awards, Cyrus donned a princess-y, floor-length Jenny Packham gown and a classic up-do that forced us to do a retroactive double take.

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With Hannah Montana in her not-so-distant past, the starlet showed some still-tattoo-less skin at the 2011 CNN Heroes event in a low-cut Roberto Cavalli dress. Unpictured: a sign that read, “I’m up here.”

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In 2012, the uneven hemline was totally ubiquitous, so the singer naturally paired her Jenny Packham gown with a dark tan and ombre curls for Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night in March. Because three overdone trends are better than one.

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A teased coif this elaborate must have left Cyrus with little time for unimportant activities like pairing pants with her white Jean Paul Gaultier jacket at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. Blame the hairspray.

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For the 2013 premiere of Paranoia, Cyrus showed off her ladylike side with a mod, patchwork leather Proenza Schouler dress and white Celine pumps. And no, before you ask, they are not the same ones that she wore in 2008. Clearly.

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At her 2013 Bangerz Record Release party, Cyrus donned a white crop top, overly distressed white jeans, and classic black-and-white creepers. And the icing on the monochromatic cake? Black star-shaped pasties that would make even Lil Kim jealous.

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