Miley Cyrus, the celebrated singer, recently surprised fans with her eighth studio album, Endless Summer Vacation, which arrived on March 10. However, there’s another intriguing development surrounding her music. On the same day, a collection of twelve previously unreleased Miley tracks appeared on popular music streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple Music, under the album name Down With Me, credited to Clara Pierce. According to a report by JustJared, the title track from the album amassed nearly 250,000 streams before being eventually removed from Spotify on April 25.
The origin of these tracks remains uncertain. It’s unclear whether Miley herself uploaded them to the streaming platforms or if someone else, potentially with access to demos, released them simultaneously with her highly anticipated eighth album. Curious fans on TikTok have theorized that some of the unreleased songs featured on Down With Me were initially intended for Miley’s scrapped album, She Is Miley Cyrus. This album was originally planned as a follow-up to her 2019 EP, She Is Coming. However, Miley took a different musical direction and released her rock-influenced album, Plastic Hearts, in 2020. In an Instagram post, she penned a heartfelt letter to her fans and collaborators, hinting at the existence of lost songs intended for She Is Miley Cyrus. She wrote, “Just when I thought the body of work was finished… it was ALL erased. Including most of the music’s relevance. Because EVERYTHING had changed.” Miley referred to the devastating loss of material in a fire that engulfed her Malibu home in 2018, acknowledging the silver lining in the destruction: “Nature did what I now see as a favor and destroyed what I couldn’t let go of for myself. I lost my house in a fire but found myself in its ashes.”
The 30-year-old singer went on to reveal that her collaborators still had most of the music from the scorched journals and computers, containing songs for the EP series she had been working on at the time. However, it never felt right to release her “story” with a significant chapter missing, as each record was intended to be an ongoing autobiography.
As of April 25, Down With Me by Clara Pierce, along with the singles “I’ll Never Get Hurt Again” and “Without You,” have been removed from both Spotify and Apple Music. The mysterious appearance and subsequent disappearance of these tracks have left fans speculating about their connection to Miley Cyrus and her musical journey.
Whether this unexpected release was intentional or not, it has certainly sparked intrigue among Miley’s devoted fan base, leaving them eagerly awaiting further information and future musical endeavors from the talented artist.