Previous Post

Midnight Sky “Miley Cyrus”

Midnight Sky “Miley Cyrus” Description

Midnight Sky” is a song by American singer Miley Cyrus, released on August 14, 2020, by RCA Records as the lead single from her upcoming seventh studio album She Is Miley Cyrus. The disco, synth-pop, electropop, and pop rock song was written by Cyrus, Ali Tamposi, Ilsey Juber and Jonathan Bellion with song’s producers: Louis Bell and Andrew Watt.

Background and release

On August 4, 2020, Cyrus posted on social media a clip of the music video for her song “Start All Over” with the hashtags “#sheiscoming” and “#butforrealthistime”, in reference to her long-delayed seventh studio album She Is Miley Cyrus. Later that day, she shared a preview of “Midnight Sky” on social media. The track was released on August 14 as planned. The song and video were inspired by other female musicians, such as Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett and Debbie Harry, specifically, Nicks’ song “Edge of Seventeen”. Cyrus reached out to Nicks before release, asking for her blessing of the song. In an interview with Hits 1, the singer explained the song’s background, stating:

You just definitely want to feel like you are just in control of your own life and not trying to control anyone else’s, so for me to be able to really have a good, clear understanding of the last two years, which there was some traumatic experiences – losing the house in Malibu and going through a really public breakup – I think I just really needed some clarity. And so it was just really important to me to be able to like really sit with my thoughts.

Composition and lyrics

“Midnight Sky” is an uptempo “Prince-esque” disco, pop, synth-pop, electropop and pop rock song with “gritty”, “raw” arena rock vocals and “pristinely glossy” production. Written in the key of E minor, it has a tempo of 110 beats per minute, with Cyrus’ vocal range spanning from the low note of D3 to the high note of D5.

Its lyrics are inspired by Cyrus’ divorce from Liam Hemsworth and relationships with Kaitlynn Carter and Cody Simpson, and show the singer “tak[ing] back her narrative” and being confident in herself. She also revealed in an interview in Alex Cooper’s “Call Her Daddy” podcast that her desire was for the song to be an anthem that normalized Pansexuality and provided visibility for those living in fear of rejection over their authentic selves.

Cyrus described the song as a “reflection of everyone kind of having this personal kind of woke moment” during an interview on the Zach Sang Show, where she declared:

I feel like a lot of us are waking up. And you know, the midnight sky, I think is kind of a road that feels like it could be nice to take with our head up in the clouds. You know, I feel like right now in society, we don’t want to live with our heads in the clouds. But I think in time that’s maybe why I’ve created worlds like this. Because this is kind of my idea of living with my head in the clouds of my own kind of fantasy and the world I wanna create.

So I think that it’s a cool message, to tell people to create the environment and the world that you wanna live in and I think that’s happening on a very political level right now. But also we can do it especially in this quarantine time, in these intimate spaces of our home that we have a place that feels like we’ve created our own environment, our own head in the clouds, so this is mine.

Critical reception

“Midnight Sky” has received critical acclaim from music critics upon its release. Alex Gallagher of NME described the song as an “assertive disco-tinged bop”. Praising its lyrics he stated, “The lyrics to ‘Midnight Sky’ see Cyrus asserting control and independence, with the singer declaring ‘I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone/ Oh no, I don’t need to be loved by you,’ on the track’s rousing chorus”.

Michael Cragg of The Guardian called the song a “disco-tinged, post-divorce banger”, commenting that it “sounds suitably refreshed after the double-meh of 2017’s country singer rebirth and last year’s, erm, ‘Cattitude’, ‘Midnight Sky’ is everything all that wasn’t: impassioned, energised and delivered by someone brave enough to sport a platinum-blonde mullet”.

Nina Corcoran of Consequence of Sound described “Midnight Sky” as a “Flashy Synthpop Number” stating “Midnight Sky is a flashy synthpop number that’s arguably sleeker than anything Cyrus has released before”.

Mike Wass of Idolator described the song as a “Dreamy Disco Anthem”. He praised the personal lyrics stating, “The first taste of MC7 is a deeply autobiographical account of the pop star’s emotional journey post-divorce”.

Promotion

A preview of “Midnight Sky” was released to coincide with the launch of Instagram Reels, a video-sharing service similar to TikTok, on August 6, 2020. On August 31, the Midnight Sky Truck, an experiential pop-up, appeared in Los Angeles, with various influencers sharing photographs and videos of themselves in the truck.

Commercial performance

In the US, “Midnight Sky” debuted at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cyrus’ 14th Top 20 hit in the country and 50th entry on the chart, making her one of the artists with most Hot 100 entries. The song also became her best solo debut on the chart since “Malibu”, which took 10th place in 2017, although in the meantime the singer had also reached 13th place with “Don’t Call Me Angel”, along with Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey.

In its first week “Midnight Sky” was the 20th most heard song in the United States in streaming and the third most downloaded legally. The single debuted at number three on Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart after only Cardi B’s “WAP” with Megan Thee Stallion and Morgan Wallen’s “7 Summers”, another release of the week.

In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart for the issue dated August 21, 2020 and reached the number 10 in its fourth week there, becoming Cyrus’ sixth Top 10 hit in the country.

“Midnight Sky” also debuted at number 16 in Australia, number 13 in Canada and number four in Scotland.

Music video

An accompanying, self-directed music video for “Midnight Sky” was released on August 14, 2020. It features Cyrus in various settings, such as a room with mirrors, a “colorful” gumball pit and a neon disco setting with streamers and Technicolor statues of jungle animals, while wearing a mullet, glittery makeup, black Chanel bodysuit, Swarovski gem-covered black gloves.

In a radio interview with Chris Kelly for Toronto’s KiSS 92.5, Cyrus said that the bubblegum in the video represents “[her] being lost in the bubblegum pop scene” and that the disco ball reflected that “it’s this kind of broken pieces that were put back together to make something whole again”.

Live performances

Cyrus performed “Midnight Sky” for the first time at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards on August 30, where she swung on a disco ball, in reference to her 2013 song, “Wrecking Ball”. The next day, she performed the song on Live Lounge. On September 10, she performed the song at the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Bulgaria (PROPHON) 1
North Macedonia (Radiomonitor) 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 3
Hungary (Single Top 40) 3
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 3
Panama Anglo (Monitor Latino) 4
Croatia (HRT) 6
Israel (Media Forest) 6
US Rolling Stone Top 100 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 10
Ireland (IRMA) 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 11
Iceland (Tonlist) 12
Malta (Radiomonitor) 12
United Arab Emirates (Radiomonitor) 12
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 13
Canada Hot AC (Billboard) 13
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 13
US Billboard Hot 100 14
Australia (ARIA) 16
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard) 16
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40) 17
Lithuania (AGATA) 18
Costa Rica Anglo (Monitor Latino) 19
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 19
Hungary (Stream Top 40) 19
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 20
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 21
Global 200 (Billboard) 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 24
Canada AC (Billboard) 25
Norway (VG-lista) 25
Global Excl. US (Billboard) 26
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 26
Estonia (Eesti Tipp-40) 27
New Zealand (RMNZ) 27
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 32
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 35
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 38
Germany (Official German Charts) 41
Portugal (AFP) 44
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 52
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 69
Italy (FIMI) 80
France (SNEP) 123
(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)

Midnight Sky “Miley Cyrus” Lyrics

[Intro]
La, la, la-la, la

[Verse 1]
Yeah, it’s been a long night and the mirror’s telling me to go home
But it’s been a long time since I felt this good on my own (Uh)
Lotta years went by with my hands tied up in your ropes (Your ropes)
Forever and ever, no more (No more)

[Pre-Chorus]
The midnight sky is the road I’m takin’
Head high up in the clouds (Oh, oh)

[Chorus]
I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no
I don’t need to be loved by you (By you)
Fire in my lungs, can’t bite the devil on my tongue, oh no
I don’t need to be loved by you
See my lips on her mouth, everybody’s talkin’ now, baby
Ooh, you know it’s true (Yeah, yeah)
That I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no
I don’t need to be loved by you (Loved by you)

[Post-Chorus]
La, la, la-la, la

[Verse 2]
She got her hair pulled back ’cause the sweat’s drippin’ off of her face (Her face)
Said, “It ain’t so bad if I wanna make a couple mistakes”
You should know right now that I never stay put in one place
Forever and ever, no more (No more)

[Pre-Chorus]
The midnight sky is the road I’m takin’
Head high up in the clouds (Oh, oh)

[Chorus]
I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no
I don’t need to be loved by you (By you)
Fire in my lungs, can’t bite the devil on my tongue, oh no
I don’t need to be loved by you
See my lips on her mouth, everybody’s talkin’ now, baby
Ooh, you know it’s true (Yeah)
That I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no
I don’t need to be loved by you (By you)

[Bridge]
Oh
I don’t hide blurry eyes like you
Like you

[Chorus]
I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no
I don’t need to be loved by you (By you)
Fire in my lungs, can’t bite the devil on my tongue, you know
I don’t need to be loved by you
See his hands ’round my waist, thought you’d never be replaced, baby
Ooh, you know it’s true (Yeah)
That I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no
I don’t need to be loved by you (Yeah)

[Outro]
La, la, la-la, la
La, la
You know it’s true, you know it’s true
Loved by you

Midnight Sky “Miley Cyrus” Music Video

Midnight Sky “Miley Cyrus” Image

About Midnight Sky “Miley Cyrus”

Artist Miley Cyrus
Album She Is Miley Cyrus
Release Date August 14, 2020
Length 3:43
Genre Disco, Synth-pop, Pop rock, Electro pop, Pop
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Miley Cyrus, Alexandra Tamposi, Andrew Wotman, Ilsey Juber, Jonathan Bellion, Louis Bell
Producer(s) Bell Andrew, Watt
Format Digital download, Streaming
Next Post

Related Post

Miley Cyrus Lips - Best of TikTok
Miley Cyrus Lips – Best of TikTok
Miley Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, actress,

Related Post

Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
“Party Rock Anthem” is a song by American music duo LMFAO, featuring British singer Lauren