Noah Cyrus' first official release after signing a $350,000 record deal in 2016 is a collaboration with British singer-songwriter Labrinth. However, it wasn't Noah Cyrus' first time in the studio. Miley's sister previously recorded the "Ponyo Theme Song"' back in 2009 with Frankie Jonas, the younger sibling of the Jonas brothers.
The haunting ballad finds Noah Cyrus and Labrinth tormented by a toxic relationship, but it's one that neither can walk away from.
Gave you up 'bout 21 times
Felt those lips tell me 21 lies
You'll be the death of me, sage advice
Loving you could make Jesus cry.
The relationship is broken, and they don't know how to fix it. However the couple are still devoted to each other and their love is worth the struggle.
The song was penned by Labrinth with the intention of Cyrus singing it solo. She recalled to Billboard magazine:
"Labrinth and I went in for our session and we hadn't met yet, but I've always been a fan. I was just so excited to be in there. He had the chorus of the song recorded on his computer. He said, "Let me know if you hate it, and you and me can just start writing a new idea. I was like, 'Oh my god, this is beautiful!' We had no idea it was going to be a duo yet.
We started writing and talking about a toxic relationship, where you just don't want to be out of it because you love the person so much.
I recorded the verses and after I heard him on the chorus, I was like, 'You're not leaving the song. This is our song now.' That's how it became a duet. It was definitely just going to be my song, but then I was like, 'I don't want to do this without you.'"
The music video was directed by Sophie Muller. The English director has worked with Labrinth before having shot his clips for "Beneath Your Beautiful
" and "Jealous
". Muller told Dazed
"As soon as I heard the song, I wanted to do it. I loved her voice on it and thought it was so arresting and brave sounding."