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Miley Cyrus

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In late 2015, after a whirlwind two years that included back-to-back album releases and intensive touring, singer/songwriter Miley Cyrus was ready for a break. The Nashville-bred artist had unleashed her Grammy Award-nominated Bangerz in fall 2013, then followed that platinum-selling #1 hit with the fantastically warped and hyper-experimental Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. With Bangerz accompanied by a sold-out international tour of elaborate proportions, Cyrus considered hiding away from the world for a while. “I just wanted to chill for a bit,” she recalls. “I thought I would take a year off and, like, go chill in the jungle. But it didn’t happen. I just started writing again.” That first burst of writing sparked a creative breakthrough that would…