Mark September 29 on your calendar. That’s the day we’ll finally see the full scope of Miley Cyrus’ transformation. In a post on her website, the pop star announced that her long-awaited follow-up to Bangerz will be coming out on that day and be called Younger Now. The post shows an image of the album’s title written out in rope on the back of a rhinestone leather jacket, which is a direct sign that the new record will steer Cyrus back toward her country rock roots. The album’s first two singles, “Malibu” and “Inspired,” have already given us a sense of the more stripped-down direction Cyrus has been heading in after the hedonism of Bangerz and the psychedelia of Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz.
Cyrus revealed no other details about the album, but the title seems to suggest that even though she’s older and more settled now, she’s still young in spirit (or something like that). Cyrus will be performing at the VMAs later this month, the very same stage where she ushered in the Bangerz era to a shocked crowd and made twerking a national obsession and Robin Thicke a national creep. Younger Now will be Cyrus’ sixth studio album, and although neither of its first two singles has caught on in the way that “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop” did, expect this one to debut at number one.