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The Inspiration Behind Miley's New Song '7 Things'

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What’s the vibe of Miley’s new album Breakout (due out July 22)? “It’s Melissa Etheridge meets the Killers,” she says. “There’s cool techno stuff but it’s kinda earthy, not really produced. You hear me mess up, hit weird notes and that’s cool. It shows I’m an imperfect singer.” In fact, imperfections are at the heart of her first single, which she started writing on tour and then finished up in the studio. “It’s one of my favorite songs,” says Miley. “When I started writing it, I was like, ‘Dude, I have an awesome idea.’ Imperfections are sometimes the most beautiful things about people. Some things that annoy me about a person can also be my favorite characteristics; they’re the things that make me love you in the end. I looove the song because it’s very twisty and you really have to follow the story. I think that’s really fun.”

7 THINGS

I probably shouldn’t say this

But at times I get so scared

When I think about the previous

Relationship we’ve shared

It was awesome but we lost it

It’s not possible for me not to care

Now we’re standing in the rain

But nothin’s ever gonna change until

You hear? My dear

[Chorus]

The seven things I hate about you

The seven things I hate about you

You’re vain, your games,

You’re insecure

You love me, you like her

You make me laugh, you make me cry

I don’t know which side to buy

Your friends, they’re jerks

And when you act like them,

Just know it hurts

I wanna be with the one I know

And the seventh thing I hate the

Most that you do

You make me love you

It’s awkward and it’s silent

As I wait for you to say

What I need to hear now

Your sincere apology

And when you mean it, I’ll believe it

If you text it, I’ll delete it

Let’s be clear

I’m not coming back

You’re taking seven steps here

[Chorus]

Compared to all the great things

That would take too long to write

I probably should mention

The seven that I like

The seven things I like about you

Your hair, your eyes, your old Levi’s

And when we kiss, I’m hypnotized

You make me laugh, you make me cry

But I guess that’s both

I’ll have to buy

Your hand in mine

When we’re intertwined

Everything’s alright

I wanna be with the one I know

And the seventh thing I like the

Most that you do

You make me love you