Pharrell Williams Says Miley Cyrus Is an ‘Old Soul’ + Compares Her to Justin Timberlake

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Between her country roots and covers and her ‘Rebel Yell’-ing, no one really knows what to expect from Miley Cyrus‘ new record — except the people working on it with her. Pharrell Williams compared the project to Justin Timberlake‘s transformation from N’SYNC heartthrob to solo superstar and sang the praises of Cyrus not only as a singer, but also as a person.

At first glance, it’s hard to see exactly what (well, other than a paycheck) would compel Williams and Tyler, the Creator to work with teen pop tart Cyrus, but when Williams explains it, it makes a lot more sense. “What we all have in common is that we like new stuff, we like making music that doesn’t exist,” the former half of the Neptunes told HypeBeast. “That’s what Tyler has in common with me and what I have in common with Miley.” He added, “Put it this way, he heard her music and next thing you know he’s in the picture with her. That’s not what you would expect, but that’s what I love doing: totally surprising people.”

Despite their differences, Williams said it wasn’t too hard to get a good vibe going with the ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ singer. “Yeah, at times people were difficult, but it’s all part of the process,” he explained. “She is an old soul that was trapped in a younger situation who just bursted [sic] at the seams, and I was just happy to be there during that transformation.”

Williams pointed out that he faced similar criticism and questioning when he first started working with Timberlake, who’s “ready” to release new music himself. “I remember when they use to ask me about the same questions with Justin [Timberlake]; people be like why you going in with N’SYNC? Because there’s somebody in there that you don’t know,” he insisted. “Wait till you see what Miley’s done. Oh man!”

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Pharrell Says to Expect the Unexpected on Miley Cyrus’ New Album

Miley Cyrus has said her upcoming album will have a “dirty South hip-hop feel,” but one of her collaborators, Pharrell, isn’t revealing too much about. He basically just says that the world is going to be surprised!

“Her sound right now is her personality,” Pharrell explained to MTV. And let’s be real, Cyrus’ personality is a little unpredictable — head shaving, crotch grabbing, a little try-hard (at least on the surface), dog loving … Be more specific, bro!

“That’s what we’ve been aiming for in the studio, and that’s what’s been coming out and that’s what it’s been sounding like,” he continued. “It’s interesting. Her voice is a very powerful one, and you know, you just have to hear it to know that and to understand it,” he shrugged. “It’s nowhere near what it is that you think.”

Pharrell isn’t the only hip-hop artist Cyrus is working with. She recently hit the studio with Meek Mill and was snapped with both Pharrell and Tyler, the Creator of Odd Future. We bet this will sound … interesting!

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