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At the end of her hosting gig at this year's VMAs, Miley Cyrus surprised everyone and pulled a Beyoncé: releasing a full album online with absolutely no previous promo. The new release is titled Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, and the controversial singer even made it free to stream and download.

Even more shocking than the unexpected album drop is Miley's bizarre inspiration behind it. Though the title sounds like some absurd Instagram humor that's only missing a hashtag, it's actually a reference to the sad string of doggy deaths that struck Miley pretty hard over the past couple years.

The tragic deaths of multiple pets were attributed to various causes (from dog-on-dog biting to coyote killing), but none hurt her more than the death of her favorite pooch, Floyd.

She channeled her grief for Floyd into this new album Dead Petz

Soon after Floyd's death, Miley suffered a painful allergic reaction and ended up in the hospital. She contacted Wayne Coyne, frontman of The Flaming Lips who also produced most of her new album, and things got "really trippy" when they sought out Eastern medicine. Here's how she describes the experience:

This is going to sound crazy, [but a Chinese healer] sent me into a state where my dog was lifted out of my lungs and placed on my shoulder. I pet my dog for like three hours.

So, Miley had a vision of the spirit of her dead dog and was quickly inspired to "let go and put his energy out." In a bizarre twist, she believes that Floyd entered Wayne, essentially becoming her living friend in the process:

I really think, in a way, his energy went into Wayne’s energy. What he was to me, Wayne has become.
Miley and Wayne Coyne performing together
Miley and Wayne Coyne performing together

It seems that in Miley's mind, the title Dead Petz is not just an homage, but a direct reference to the animal friends that help bring this album to fruition.

In my mind, it's funny that her lead single "Dooo It!" proclaims Miley's not a hippie because seeing your dead dog become your friend and collaborator definitely falls under what that category for me.

(Source: New York Times)


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