She Is Coming

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She Is Coming
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EP by
ReleasedMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31)
RecordedMarch - May 2018
GenrePop[1]
Length19:04
LabelRCA
Producer
Miley Cyrus chronology
Younger Now
(2017)
She Is Coming
(2019)
She Is Here[2]
(2019)
Miley Cyrus EP chronology
The Time of Our Lives
(2009)
She Is Coming
(2019)
She Is Here
(2019)
Singles from She Is Coming
  1. "Mother's Daughter"
    Released: June 11, 2019

She Is Coming (stylized in all caps) is the second extended play (EP) by American singer Miley Cyrus. It was released on May 31, 2019, by RCA Records. The project is her first release since her sixth studio album Younger Now (2017), and her first EP since The Time of Our Lives (2009). It is the first of three six-song EPs – to be followed by She Is Here and She Is Everything – that will comprise her full-length seventh studio album She Is Miley Cyrus (2020).

Cyrus recorded She Is Coming between March through May 2018, during which time she completed the original version of the album. Cyrus collaborated with producers including Mike Will Made It, Mark Ronson, and Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow; featured artists include Ghostface Killah, RuPaul, and Swae Lee. The EP is described as a pop project with hip hop, R&B, rock, and trap influences.[3]

She Is Coming received mixed reviews from music critics. It debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 36,000 album-equivalent units. The single "Mother's Daughter" was released on June 11, and peaked at number 54 on the US Billboard Hot 100. To promote the EP, Cyrus performed at several European music festivals during spring and summer 2019.

Background[edit]

Cyrus collaborated with producers including Mike Will Made It, Mark Ronson, and Andrew Wyatt for her then-untitled seventh studio album, which was completed between fall 2017 and May 2019.[4] The first track from these recording sessions, the Ronson-produced "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" for his own album Late Night Feelings (2019), was released on November 29, 2018; it peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[5][6] Cyrus described the sound of the song to be a "nice introduction" to and "heavier" than her own record.[7]

Cyrus first used the phrase "She Is Coming" on social media in anticipation of the Met Gala on May 6, 2019.[8] On May 9, she used the phrase to announce that new music would be released on May 30.[9] On May 27, it was announced that She Is Coming would be released as a multi-track extended play, instead of a lead single on its own, on May 31. Consequently, it is Cyrus' first EP since The Time of Our Lives (2009).[10] The cover artwork, photographed by Gray Sorrenti, was revealed that day; the black-and-white picture sees Cyrus standing over the camera dressed in a crop top reading "never mind the bollocks", making reference to the 1977 album by the Sex Pistols.[11]

Upon its release, Cyrus revealed that She Is Coming is the first of three EPs that tell "different [chapters] to a trilogy" that will together form the full-length record that was confirmed to be titled She Is Miley Cyrus.[2]

Composition[edit]

She Is Coming is a pop project with hip hop, rock and trap influences and R&B elements.[1][12][13] Cyrus described the three EPs to be "seasonal" in nature, and related She Is Coming to "[wanting to feel] light and feel the warmth" of early summer compared to She Is Here and She Is Everything being "colder and a little darker" as the release cycle was planned to extend into the fall.[14]

Promotion[edit]

Cyrus performing in Barcelona at Primavera Sound, May 2019

Sam Keywanfar, founder of the media buying company MilkMoney, acknowledged that Cyrus conceptualized much of the marketing campaign for She Is Coming. Cyrus launched the hotline 1-833-SHE-IS-MC, which randomly plays messages prerecorded by Cyrus and prompts callers to leave a message, to coincide with the release of She Is Coming.[15] International versions of the phone number were launched in Australia, Canada, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom.[16] The American hotline phone number appeared on out-of-home advertisements in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York City, and London for four weeks following the release of the EP.[16] It is a motif on several pieces of merchandise from her online store, including a condom being sold for USD$20 that was particularly discussed.[17]

Cyrus first performed "Cattitude", "D.R.E.A.M.", and "Mother's Daughter" at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in North Yorkshire on May 27, 2019.[2] Cyrus performed at Primavera Sound in Barcelona on May 31,[18] the Orange Warsaw Festival in Warsaw on June 1,[18] Tinderbox in Odense on June 28,[19] the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset on June 30[20] and the Sunny Hill Festival in Pristina on August 2.[21]

Singles[edit]

"Mother's Daughter" was released as the only single from She Is Coming on June 11, 2019.[22] Billboard reported that Cyrus considered the song to be a buzz single, and that a later single from She Is Here or She Is Everything would be promoted as the lead single from She Is Miley Cyrus.[23] It debuted at number 54 on the US Billboard Hot 100,[24] and its music video was released on July 2.[25]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[26]
Review scores
SourceRating
The Guardian4/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Timespositive[27]
NME4/5 stars[13]
Consequence of SoundB-[30]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[29]
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[31]
Pitchfork4.6/10[28]

She Is Coming received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the EP received an average score of 64.[26] Aimee Cliff from The Guardian felt that She Is Coming successfully blended musical influences from Cyrus' previous releases "without resorting to extreme stereotypes" in terms of promotion, and complimented Cyrus for "making some of the best pop songs she has made in years."[1] Mike Neid from Idolator described the EP as "certainly enough to net the hitmaker yet another win", but described Ghostface Killah's verse on "D.R.E.A.M." as "vibe-killing" and "Cattitude" as the "most glaring stumble."[32] Mikael Wood from the Los Angeles Times described the EP "as a means of keeping up with the kids" that have emerged in the industry since Cyrus' last project, and complimented it for possessing "a daffy energy that reminds you why it was fun to pay attention to Cyrus in the first place."[27]

Commercial performance[edit]

She Is Coming debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 with 36,000 album-equivalent units, of which 12,000 were pure album sales. It is Cyrus' 12th top-ten entry on the chart.[33][34]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Mother's Daughter"
  • Wyatt
3:39
2."Unholy"
  • Cunningham
  • Sheff
2:10
3."D.R.E.A.M." (featuring Ghostface Killah)
2:48
4."Cattitude" (featuring RuPaul)
3:09
5."Party Up the Street" (with Swae Lee and Mike Will Made It)3:37
6."The Most"
3:41
Total length:19:04
Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[35] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[36] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[37] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[38] 35
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[39] 4
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[40] 9
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[41] 12
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[42] 11
French Albums (SNEP)[43] 85
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[44] 74
Irish Albums (IRMA)[45] 19
Italian Albums (FIMI)[46] 44
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[47] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[48] 4
Scottish Albums (OCC)[49] 35
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[50] 32
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[51] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[52] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[53] 18
US Billboard 200[33] 5

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various May 31, 2019 RCA [54]

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