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Friday, 22 February 2008

Hannah Montana's third album, set for an April release, will certainly be her most controversial.

Hannah Montana, the stage name for country/pop star Miley Cyrus, is including a remix of the mid-90s alternative hit 'Closer' written by Nine Inch Nails.

"I love country music more than anything," Cyrus told reporters, "and one of my heroes has always been Johnny Cash. I really admired what he did with 'Hurt', and I thought that maybe I could do the same thing with another Nine Inch Nails songs."

Of course, the lyrical content in 'Hurt' is far less controversial than what Hannah Montana is tackling with 'Closer'.

Johnny Cash's hauntingly beautiful rendition of 'Hurt' was a huge hit, and Cyrus says she hopes to "bring a new kind of audience" to her music.

"I don't want to lose any of my fan base. There are plenty of songs on the album that my current fans will enjoy, and I hope they will enjoy my version of 'Closer' as well. I've made it into a nice pop-country song."

The version of 'Closer' on the Hannah Montana album, titled Hannah Montana 3: Meet the New Me, is certainly different than the version Nine Inch Nails released on The Downward Spiral back in 1994. Her version, which is much more "cheerful", features a few lyrical changes. Cyrus sings "I want you to fuck me like an animal" and "I bring you closer to God" in place of "I want to fuck you like an animal", and "you get me closer to god".

"The lyrical change was a must," Cyrus said. "And I want everyone to understand that this is a good Christian song. Those lyrics are not meant to represent pre-marital intercourse. They are like a tribute to the husband I will have some day. I want him to know that our sex will bring us closer to each other and to God. Sex is supposed to be a beautiful thing. Of course, I wouldn't know yet, because I am a virgin."

There is no word yet on whether or not Cyrus is releasing the album through Disney, her label from her first two albums. She did indicate though that she is not going to release an edited version of the album.

"I want everyone to hear what I have to sing. They're gonna have to hear it when they see me live, so they better listen to the record."

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