Miley Cyrus reveals she’s working on a Metallica covers album and how Iggy Pop is a big influence

It won’t be the first time she’s branched out into metal.

Metallica and Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus has revealed that she’s currently working on a new album of Metallica covers, as well as given a deep dive into her inspirations, which include Iggy Pop and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.

Speaking to fashion designer Rick Owens for Interview Magazine, Cyrus asked about Owen’s favourite rock stars. He replied: “[David] Bowie, of course. There was a period when all I listened to was Motörhead, so Lemmy [Kilmister]. And Iggy Pop.”

To which Cyrus responded: “People ask me who I’ve studied for my movement on stage, and I always say Iggy Pop.”

Owens brought up the “delirious and reckless” performance Cyrus did in 2014 with The Flaming Lips, prompting Cyrus to describe how the band’s frontman Wayne Coyne helped her embrace psychedelic chaos on stage.

“I have such a healthy and sexy relationship with recklessness right now,” she said. “I can say yes to anything. It would take something really fucking crazy for me to say no. Wayne really opened that door for me, because I was on the Bangerz tour at that time, where I was travelling the world. Your levels of fulfilment and depression are so drastic, because you’ve got that two hours where you’re fully captivated and reaching your fullest potential, and then when you come down from it, it’s so hard. Having him and having that psychedelic music changed everything for me.”

The upcoming Metallica covers album won’t be the first time she’s taken on songs by the metal band – at last year’s Glastonbury festival she covered Nothing Else Matters. As to when the new release will see the light of day, that’s yet to be revealed.

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