Miley Cyrus uploaded a rather low-quality recording of the 1969 Led Zeppelin classic “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ to her Soundcloud page, continuing what has become seemingly an obsession with 1960’s music and culture. Cyrus also recently teamed up with the Flaming Lips in concert to perform a version of The Beatles’ “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds,” which will also appear on the Lips’ forthcoming recreation of the fab four’s groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Miley and Lips singer Wayne Coyne’s unlikely friendship has become a worldwide fascination recently and her inclusion on the new Flaming Lips album is far from surprising. Cyrus’ Led Zeppelin cover comes a bit more out of left field and reaction from music fans has been generally mixed.
Miley’s Soundcloud cover is one of a growing number of unexpected musical tributes from the singer as of late. Cyrus has also tried her hand at The Smith’s “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” on a Bangerz tour stop in Belfast, Northern Ireland and expressed interest last week, via Instagram, in covering Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man.” While many of Miley’s younger fans might generally be unfamiliar with the “Wrecking Ball” star’s many recent cover songs, it’s clear that the pop sensation is not shy about sharing the music that influences her.
Cyrus, who recently turned heads for wearing close to nothing except pasties while attending Alexander Wang’s post-show Fashion week party earlier this month, is currently nearing the end of her Bangerz world tour that began in February and is set to take the singer and her massive show throughout Australia and New Zealand next month before wrapping up on October 23rd. A planned tour stop in the Dominican Republic was banned by the government and cancelled last month, claiming that the show “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.”
Miley’s Led Zeppelin cover comes after the infamous singer sparked some controversy regarding comments she made on Australian TV comparing Elvis Presley’s dance moves to her own. “Elvis, he wasn’t wearing the outfits I was wearing but he was coming out and he was doing like the OG twerking. Like, no one wants to admit that he was twerking, he was. He was like sex,” Cyrus said. “He was a symbol of sex but no one would have ever called Elvis a s**t because he wasn’t a girl. It’s that double standard and I think I’m doing something for the double standard.”
Miley, who has matured rapidly, and not particularly gracefully, in the public eye since her start on the Disney show Hannah Montana, recently unveiled her Dirty Hippie art show at New York Fashion Week. Cyrus’ collection of art shocked many for its inclusion of sex toys and illegal drugs. “This one’s a vibrator, which I got from a fan. They threw it on stage. And that’s a joint (attached to the vibrator), so that’s the vibe,” said Cyrus while explaining her art pieces.
Miley’s unusual art show continues the star’s string of increasingly strange antics, though she has also used her major celebrity status to shed light on issues like youth homelessness. Cyrus now-famously took Jesse Helt, a young homeless man, to the MTV Video Music Awards and allowed Helt to accept an award on her behalf and use the acceptance speech as a platform to raise awareness about the important issue. Helt, who was revealed to be wanted for arrest by Oregon police in relation to a probation violation, later turned himself in and posted $2,500 bail.
Miley Cyrus is currently promoting her Bangerz album in Mexico and will take the tour to South America early next month.