"Fly on the Wall
" is a pop
song performed by American recording artist Miley Cyrus
. It was released as the third international single from Cyrus' second album, Breakout
on February 16, 2009, with a remix of it as a B-side
. It is Cyrus' second single in the United States, Canada and other nations in which "See You Again
" was not released as the Rock Mafia remix. The song contains pop rock
elements. The song's lyrics have been interpreted in a number of ways, such as a description of an abusive boyfriend. In actuality, Cyrus says the song describes paparazzi
and their extensive personal privacy invasions.
The song received critical praise, with several critics claiming it defied teen pop expectations and was Breakout's best track. Despite only reaching number eighty-four on the United States chart Billboard Hot 100, "Fly on the Wall" performed better commercially in various European regions. "Fly on the Wall" reached its highest international peak on the UK Singles Chart, at number sixteen. The single's music video was directed by Philip Andelman and premiered on FNMTV. The "Thriller" inspired video takes place mainly in a parking garage in which Cyrus encounters and attempts to escape the paparazzi. Cyrus promoted the song through several venues, including a performance on her second headlining tour, the Wonder World Tour, that incorporated a short segment of the "Thriller" dance. Cyrus also performed the song in her current tour, Gypsy Heart Tour.