Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones recently revealed that the songs sung by Miley Cyrus in her episode were actually Nine Inch Nails tracks that were readapted into pop standards.
The popular sci-fi series premiered its fifth season on Netflix on Wednesday (June 5) and Cyrus stars in the third episode, titled Rachel, Jack, And Ashley Too, as a teen pop star with obsessive fans. Brooker shared that the idea of transforming NIN songs for the episode was in the script very early on, but they needed to get Trent Reznor's permission to re-write some of his tracks.
Luckily, Reznor was into the idea from the very start, as Brooker said at a press screening in London on May 24, via NME. “It was via email and he was really happy. He wanted to see the script and I got to rewrite his lyrics in a chirpy way," he said. "I’m not the best lyricist in the world, and there’s one point where she’s singing ‘I’m stoked on ambition and verve’ instead of, ‘You’re gonna get what you deserve.’”