Younger Now (song)

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"Younger Now"
Younger Now (Official Single Cover) by Miley Cyrus.png
Single by Miley Cyrus
from the album Younger Now
Released August 18, 2017 (2017-08-18)
Format Digital download
Genre Country-pop[1]
Length 4:08
Label RCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Oren Yoel
  • Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus singles chronology
"Malibu"
(2017)
"Younger Now"
(2017)
Music video
"Younger Now" on YouTube

"Younger Now" is the second and final single recorded by American singer Miley Cyrus for her sixth studio album of the same name (2017). It was released on August 18, 2017, by RCA Records as a second single from the record. The song was written and produced by Cyrus and Oren Yoel.[2] An accompanying music video was released on the same day. The song, along with "Start All Over" and "Fly on the Wall" are the only singles released by Cyrus that haven't been certified at least platinum in the United States.

Background and release[edit]

After Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015), Cyrus spent time reclaiming her once wholesome image in the run up to her new material, Younger Now. Prior to the album's release on September 29, 2017, Cyrus released "Malibu" as the lead single and "Inspired" a promotional single before unveiling the album's title track as the second single on August 18, 2017, along with its music video.[3] It is a twangy pop song[4] featuring one of her grade school portraits as the cover artwork.[3]

Composition[edit]

The song is performed in the key of A major, with a moderately fast tempo of 122 beats per minute in common time. Cyrus vocals span from E3 to B4.[5] Lyrically, Ben Kate of 'Consequence of sound' described the track as "a soaring reclamation of changes Cyrus experienced over the last several years, ending with a declaration she now is the best version of herself. 'I'm not afraid of who I used to be / No one stays the same,' she proclaims. 'Change is a thing you can count on / I feel so much younger now'".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

USA Today's Maeve McDermott claimed "the song is infinitely more listenable than most of the music from her Dead Petz phase", but criticized Cyrus for "not offering much in the way of meaningful self-reflection on the song".[4]

Track listing[edit]

The Remixes EP[6]

  1. "Younger Now" (R3hab Remix) – 2:40
  2. "Younger Now" (Niko the Kid Remix) – 3:44
  3. "Younger Now" (DJ Premier Remix) – 2:57
  4. "Younger Now" (BURNS Remix) – 4:23
  5. "Younger Now" (Fred Falke Remix) – 3:52
  6. "Younger Now" (Syn Cole Remix) – 3:23

Live performances[edit]

Cyrus first performed "Younger Now" at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on August 27, featuring a varied array of senior citizen men and women, many of whom in their late eighties, as the main dancers, as well as several young children riding mini-motorcycles.[7] On September 7, Cyrus performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She also performed "Younger Now" live for the third time in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, accompanied with other songs like "Malibu", "See You Again", "Party in the U.S.A." and a cover of Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", the following week.[8]

Music video[edit]

Background and synopsis[edit]

Accompanying the song was a music video featuring a "mishmash" of 1950s-inspired imagery. In the video's most on-the-nose moment, one of the sideshow characters populating its carnival setting spins upside down on a stripper pole, as the words "No one stays the same" flash in front.[4] Cyrus helped co-direct the video alongside her friend and collaborator Diane Martel. The video features Cyrus interacting with a puppet of her younger self and dancing with a group of senior citizens. As of December 2017, the video acquired over 50 million views on YouTube.

Reception[edit]

USA Today suggested the stripper scene is "a flashback to Cyrus grinding on Robin Thicke and twerking in the "We Can't Stop" video during her Bangerz years".[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 49
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 48
Croatia (HRT)[11] 87
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[12] 56
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[13] 59
France (SNEP)[14] 53
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 73
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[16] 64
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[17] 2
Panama Anglo (Monitor Latino)[18] 12
Philippines (Philippine Hot 100)[19] 74
Portugal (AFP)[20] 92
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[21] 22
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[22] 67
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 75
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 84
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 54
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 79
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[28] 39

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Various August 18, 2017 RCA [29]
United Kingdom Contemporary hit radio [30]
United States August 22, 2017 [31]
Italy September 15, 2017 Sony [32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/oct/01/miley-cyrus-younger-now-review
  2. ^ John Norris (August 24, 2017). "What We Know About Miley Cyrus' 'Younger Now'". billboard. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c Kate, Ben (August 17, 2017). "Miley Cyrus unveils new single "Younger Now" and video: Stream the title track from the pop singer's forthcoming album". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d McDermott, Maeve (August 18, 2017). "Miley Cyrus' 'Younger Now' continues her sanitized reinvention". USA Today. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Miley Cyrus "Younger Now" Sheet Music in A Major - Download & Print". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Younger Now (The Remixes) – EP". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ "VMAs 2017: Watch Miley Cyrus Go Retro in 'Younger Now' Performance". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Miley Cyrus Returned To Live Lounge And Performed 'See You Again' In The Year 2017". MTV News. September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. August 28, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Miley Cyrus Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Croatia ARC TOP 40". HRT. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 20181 into search. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201735 into search. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 34, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved August 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Miley Cyrus Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 28, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Top 20 Anglo Panama" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. August 28, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  19. ^ "BillboardPH Hot 100". Billboard Philippines. September 18, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Miley Cyrus – Younger Now". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  22. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201734 into search. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Miley Cyrus – Younger Now" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  24. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Miley Cyrus – Younger Now". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  26. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  27. ^ "Miley Cyrus Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  28. ^ "Miley Cyrus Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  29. ^ Drysdale, Jennifer (August 13, 2017). "Miley Cyrus Apologizes for Skipping Teen Choice Awards, Announces New Single 'Younger Now'". Entertainment Tonight. ET Online. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  30. ^ "BBC – Radio 1 – Playlist". BBC Radio 1. August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  32. ^ "Miley Cyrus - Younger Now RadioDate". Radio Airplay. Retrieved 12 September 2017.