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in 2013, Miley Cyrus Marking her transformation from Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana into a full-fledged pop star, she launched her “Bangerz” era. Now, years after shedding her blonde wig and glitzy microphone, fans suspect Cyrus may have a new alter ego. On April 26, rumors began circulating that Cyrus had released a secret album under the pseudonym Clara Pierce. As proof, fans pointed out that the 12-track album made its debut on March 10, the same day Cyrus released “Endless Summer Vacation”. Fueling further speculation, Pierce’s voice sounds eerily similar to Cyrus’s.
“Just listen to the songs,” TikTok user shencardinalofficial said in a video, referring to Pierce’s album Down With Me. Previously, the album was available on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, but has since been removed. Nevertheless, fans who have heard the track say that the vocals belong to Cyrus. “She’s speaking at the beginning [of ‘I’ll Never Hurt You Again’] And it’s definitely Miley Cyrus,” the user said.
stop! @mileycyrus we know you! #miley #clarapiers #hannahmontana #shanecardinal
♬ I’ll Never Get Hurt Again – Live – Clara Pierce
A deep dive into “Down With Me” added fuel to the fire when fans noticed that several of the album’s tracks share similarities with songs in Cyrus’ music catalog. For example, the album’s seventh track, “See You Again”, is also the name of a track on the singer’s debut album, “Meet Miley Cyrus”.
Additionally, Pierce has a song titled “Without You”, which is also the title of Cyrus’ 2021 collaboration with The Kid LaRoe. Pierce’s album also includes a track called “Sagittarius” and it seems more than a coincidence that Cyrus’ star sign is Sagittarius. The song includes the lyric “Miley, What’s Good Now?,” Nicki Minaj’s controversial call-out at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as a lyric that references Cyrus’ 2019 EP, “She Is Coming”.
All of these clues have led fans to believe that she may have intentionally leaked the album and wanted it to be found. Some fans also speculate that “Down With Me” is a reference to Cyrus’ seventh studio album, “She Is Miley Cyrus”, which was intended for release in 2020. track list, which included “Sagittarius” and “Not My Vibe”.
Prior to being removed, Pierce’s streaming profile showed a single dating to December 2021, indicating Cyrus may have been pulling a Hannah Montana on fans for years. Representatives for Cyrus did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment.
Fans have already theorized what this blip in the music realm could mean for the future of Cyrus’ music career. While some believe Clara Pierce is actually an AI singing in Cyrus’ register, others believe the “Flower” singer may be developing her own persona à la Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce.