Noah Cyrus Shares Highly Anticipated Debut Album, “The Hardest Part” and Intimate Music Video For “I Just Want A Lover”
GRAMMY® Award nominated, multi-platinum selling RECORDS/Columbia Records artist Noah Cyrus has released her critically acclaimed debut album, The Hardest Part, today. Already, the Nashville-born artist has accumulated an impressive three billion combined streams to date, with songs from The Hardest Part already amassing more than forty million combined streams and counting.
It’s been six years since the twenty-two year-old first emerged in music. As her career ascended, she and her well-being quickly began to spiral. Throughout her past few releases of songs such as “Mr. Percocet” and “I Burned LA Down” this year that fans have been able to witness her story unfold since she reached a crossroads in her life at the end of 2020.
Taking her own life by the reigns after experiencing heartbreak, chaos, and loss of a close loved one, she has arisen with a newfound hope and a body of work that uncovers the kind of strength you find within. With the release of the highly anticipated album, Noah Cyrus evokes her strength with a wisdom beyond her years as her skillful melodies and evocative lyricism tell all she’s endured, and too, prevailed.
These songs all mean so much to me—they’re straight from my heart, my brain, and my body. Every song is important to the story, and for the first time I’m revealing my complete and honest truth.
~ Noah Cyrus
Accompanied with the release of The Hardest Part, a vulnerable chapter of her journey is unveiled with a pairing music video (directed by Actual Objects), titled “I Just Want A Lover.” Watch the video below:
The single itself shares in a few short words the way her co-dependent relationship, combined with isolation and her journey through substance abuse, captured every fiber of her being as she longs for peace, and for real, tangible love… “not not another liar making love to me…” she sings in the chorus.
The instrumentals are tinged with an older country soul, with a ripped open wide take and stare at the life that had become her own; just as much as she felt the lack of worth, she, too, knew deep down she deserved much more.
Noah shares a part of her story behind this song and the album itself:
I had a death wish.
Soon after I started having all this music success, I was introduced to downers, which gradually took over my life the next couple of years. By 2020 I was at my lowest low—I was suicidal and in an unhealthy co-dependent relationship. I was choosing drugs over my family, my friendships, myself—everything. And when the pandemic hit, it gave me an excuse to further isolate myself. Anxiety and depression fully consumed me.
I finally had a moment of clarity after I lost my grandmother. When she died, I wanted to be there for my mom, but was so emotionally and physically gone. I felt an enormous amount of guilt and the whole situation made me re-assess a lot of my decisions the past few years. Around the same time, I got out of my toxic relationship and weighed out my options—life or death. I wanted to find purpose and hope. So… I chose life. I called everyone I needed to and asked for help. I did the work to get off the pills.
December 15, 2022 will be my 2nd year anniversary, and I’m experiencing happiness and joy for the first time since I was a little kid.
~ Noah Cyrus
The Hardest Part and “I Just Want A Lover” are available everywhere now via RECORDS/Columbia Records. Listen now: