ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC Pop & Hiss

Miley Cyrus launches youth charity with Joan Jett, plans Wayne Coyne collab

The morning after the Met Gala, Miley Cyrus's camp is locking and loading, with newly announced collaborations with two of her mentors.

First, lest you think the Miley-Wayne era was finally laid to rest, the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne has told Billboard that he and the pop star have just finished recording and are now mixing a collaborative new album.

"She does the pop thing so great, so it still feels pop, but a slightly wiser, sadder, more true version," Coyne told Billboard. "Some of it reminds me of Pink Floyd and Portishead."

On the flip side of that coin/Coyne (ahem), Cyrus released a new Backyard Sessions video this morning, this one with Joan Jett, covering Jett's 2013 song "Different." You can watch the video below.

The Backyard Sessions series is a few years old -- started in those halcyon, hair-having days of 2012 (remember "Jolene"?) -- as has Cyrus's friendship with Jett (from performing together on Oprah in 2011 to inducting the elder punk musician into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year), but this time the video has been released with a specific purpose: to launch and raise awareness for the Happy Hippie Foundation, Cyrus's new charity aimed at "rallying young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations." (In retrospect, it's almost like Jett predicted her song would eventually be used for something like this.)

Cyrus has participated in other LGBT charity campaigns over the past few years, notably the the NOH8 campaign and her appearance at last year's MTV VMAs, when she sent a formerly homeless 18-year-old boy to accept her award for "Wrecking Ball."

Follow @PopHiss and @dynamofire for more music news.

Officially launching The Happy Hippie Foundation today with #HappyHippiePresents: Backyard Sessions! Watch the full...

Posted by Miley Cyrus on Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times
59°