Prisoner
by Miley Cyrus (featuring Dua Lipa)

Album: Plastic Hearts (2020)
Charted: 8

Songfacts®:

  • Here, Dua Lipa joins Miley Cyrus to sing about a controlling relationship where their lovers manipulate them to stay.

    Prisoner, prisoner, locked up
    Can't get you off my mind, off my mind
    Lord knows I tried a million times, million times,
    Why can't you, why can't you just let me go?


    The girls feel like they can't leave their men, which makes them feel like prisoners.
  • Released on November 19, 2020 as the second single from Plastic Hearts, Miley Cyrus told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 it's a perfect song for the COVID-era. "We're just trapped in our emotions right now. I mean, really me, there's no escaping it. It's like, 'Locked up, can't get you off my mind.'"
  • The synth-heavy rock track is a blend of Dua's techno and Miley's pop-rock styles. Cyrus told Zane Lowe it was one of several songs the two powerhouse divas cut together. "She wanted to keep going until it was right, until we found the one that honors our individuality," she said of Lipa. "We just waited until we felt like, "Now this is Dua-Miley song. You can just, everything about it reflects us."
  • The song's chorus interpolates the melody from Olivia Newton-John's "Physical." It is the second time in 2020 that Dua Lipa channeled the classic 1981 hit, following her song of the same title.
  • Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa wrote the song with:

    Jon Bellion, Michael Pollack and The Monsters & Strangerz, who all contributed towards the writing of Maroon 5's "Memories."

    Andrew Watt and Ali Tamposi, who along with Jon Bellion and a couple of others co-wrote Cyrus' previous single, "Midnight Sky."

    Andrew Watt and The Monsters & Strangerz produced the synthy new wave track.
  • Cyrus and Alana O'Herlihy co-directed the video, which was filmed over two days on September 30 and October 1, 2020. The visual shows the two singers taking a wild and grungy ride through New York City on a tour bus before hitting a party. Later, the pair perform the song to a packed audience.

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