Miley Cyrus Talks About Fighting for 'Wrecking Ball' Video and Working with Britney Spears
Miley Cyrus talked about working with Terry Richardson and Britney Spears, putting up a bit of a fight for her idea for the video of Wrecking Ball, and subverting the music industry in a recent interview with HungerTV.
Speaking about the video for Wrecking Ball she told the publication that she had to ask the execs, who were not quite on board with her idea for the video, to trust her decision.
"At first on paper that video sounded insane, no one understood it, and I'm just like, 'Let me film it and then if it doesn't work out, you never have to trust me again, but if it works out, you have to let me drive this ship,'" she said.
Cyrus talked about her idea and her wanting to put her spin on the video for Sinead O'Connor's 1990 Prince cover, Nothing Compares to You.
The 20-year-old pop star went on to talk about how the sexual nature of the video for Wrecking Ball and the emphasis laid on it has distracted audiences from appreciating its emotional value.
"There's something obviously sexual about it but that's not what the video is driven by, it's actually driven by emotion. It's an emotional video but people only really look at the sexuality because they don't really try to see the full thing," she said. The singer-songwriter also responded to how people are still shocked by the video and Richardson's work.
"Well, it couldn't be the same kind of shock as Can't Stop it had to be like, "Woah I didn't expect Terry Richardson and I didn't expect all this." It has to be the full package because you can talk about the sexuality all you want but you also have to reference back that it's Terry," she said. "You have to respect the fact that it's art, you have to respect the fact that when you watch the video it makes you feel something and gets you choked up at some points."
Cyrus also spoke about working on a song with Spears and how the pop diva influenced her while she was growing up, calling her an icon.
"She's like an icon in that way and so I wanted to bring her back to that. I just kept telling her, "Britney you don't really realize actually how dope [you are]. People tell me I represent their childhood, for me you represent my entire childhood, like you were the soundtrack to my life." she said. "I want her to realize how really dope she is and how she's a living legend. You know when you're 30, you don't realize what you are. I want her to take herself out of it and realise 'I'm Britney Spears.'"
In the interview Cyrus also dismissed suggestions that the music industry was sexualizing her and objectifying her, clarifying that she was the one calling the shots and not some "70-year-old Jewish" record executive. Speaking about the choices she made as an artist, she suggested that music executives are really out of touch.