The unlikely beef between Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor has reached its natural 21st century conclusion: a mash-up has united the pair in musical matrimony. The two singers caused some hubbub on the Internet last week after O’Connor wrote an open letter to the former Hannah Montana suggesting she rein it in a bit.
Cyrus seemed uninterested in the advice, to say the least; she replied by tweeting some mean jabs at O’Connor and her recent struggles with depression. Needless to say, the artistic beef prompted much blogging and tweeting, as fans of the two artists quickly and vociferously defended their heroes.
Whether you’re on Team Miley or O’Connor, one truth is undeniable: Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” and O’Connor’s Prince-penned ballad, “Nothing Compares 2 U” share a vibe. Both are breakup ballads of a certain tempo, and move along a similar chord progression. Hear for yourself below.
As a way to unite generations, the mash-up works, but for an even more successful blend involving “Wrecking Ball,” make a beeline for the convergence with Mumford & Sons’ “Little Lion Man.” Called “Little Wrecking Ball,” the version, produced by Isosine, already has 300,000 views on YouTube, and is especially appealing for those of you who wish Miley would make music a little more like her father, Billy Ray's.
It should be noted that while Cyrus snobbily dismissed O'Connor, the latter released an excellent record, "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)," in 2012, and will be performing music from it and her older work when she gigs at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on Nov. 24. Though her output has been uneven over the years, O'Connor's musical breadth and artistic independence are admirable.
The show isn't sold out yet. Perhaps she could offer an olive branch by putting Cyrus on the guest list? They could duet the mash-up, and all would be well.
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