Miley aficionados may be wondering what her next album will bring: More uplifting country-tinged ballads, a la "The Climb"? Or more poppy earwigs like "Party in the U.S.A."? As it turns out, Cyrus has a surprise in store-"Can't Be Tamed" has several bass-heavy, slickly produced dance numbers that thunder in such a catchy, accessible way that it may make Ke$ha down another bottle of Jack out of envy.
"It was a natural progression for her," says Abbey Konowitch, GM of Hollywood Records, which will make the album its first worldwide day-and-date release thanks in part to a new licensing deal with Universal Music Group in Europe. The title-track lead single turns the drum machine up to 11 as Cyrus belts out a party anthem chorus; it was sent to top 40 radio the week of May 3. "Who Owns My Heart" is full of '80s-sounding keyboard riffs, and even the austerely named "Permanent December" is a throw-your-hands-in-the-air kind of track. "Two More Lonely People" also harks back to the '80s, with Cyrus' vocals reminiscent of Grace Slick's on "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." In other words: Farewell, Hannah Montana.
Previous album and sales: "Breakout," 1.5 million (according to Nielsen SoundScan)
Video below: Music video for Miley Cyrus' new single, "Can't Be Tamed," off her upcoming album.