Noah Cyrus is only 17 years old, but her music career is off to an amazing start. She is the younger sister of Miley Cyrus, and is the latest Cyrus family member to join in on the musical dynasty started by the patriarch, Billy Ray. Her older brother, Trace, is in the pop-rock band Metro Station, too. Though she might be in some headlines just due to her last name, her musical talents have already ensured her place in pop music.
She may be young, but her style of singing is anything but amateur. There’s already excitement building around the announcement of her debut album. It doesn’t have an official release date yet, so tay tuned for updates on that.
Here are five fast facts about rising pop singer Noah Cyrus that you need to know.
1. Her Debut Single, ‘Make Me (Cry)’ Debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 Charts
“Make Me (Cry),” a duet collaborator Labrinth, dropped in November of 2016. It also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, and has remained on it for more than seven weeks. This single is currently in the number-24 spot on Billboard’s Top Pop Songs chart, too.
With the release of the single, came a steamy music video directed by Sophie Muller. The video was viewed over one million times on YouTube in under 24 hours. Look at the YouTube video today and you’ll see that it has surpassed 40 million views.
In an interview with Billbaord, Cyrus revealed that “every day has been different” for her since the song premiered.
“I was in pure shock, and didn’t know how to handle it. The day the song came out, the morning of, I was getting all these great responses, and I looked at my mom and said, ‘I finally did it. It’s out.’ My mom cried. It was a very emotional moment.”
You can watch an intimate, live version of “Make Me (Cry)” right here:
2. Her Debut Album is Titled ‘NC-17’
Cyrus’ initials and her age happen to also make quite the statement as an album title. NC-17 doesn’t have a release date yet, but we have some clues thanks to her first single and an acoustic performance of another one of her songs, “Almost Famous.” The young singer has also given interviews to music magazines, revealing some of the influence behind her sound.
She told Rolling Stone that country music like her father’s was always playing when she was little, though her album is “definitely different form what I was raised listening to.” But, in another interview with V Magazine, Cyrus opened up about her influences.
“Dolly [Parton] has always been a huge inspiration for me, so you killed it with that one. Of course, Ben Howard. Lady Gaga—I’ve always looked up to her. When ‘Love Game‘ was released, I freaked out.”
Cyrus told the magazine that Gaga’s album Joane has had a big influence on her own sound. She went on to list Sam Smith, Sky Ferreira, Ed Sheeran, and Johnny Cash as other artists that make her list of influencers.
3. Her Late Night TV Debut was on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’
Accompanied by her collaborator on the track, Labrinth, Cyrus performed the single “Make Me (Cry)” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Her first time on late night TV went over pretty well, according to a few reviews.
You can watch this performance, with an excited Jimmy Fallon introduction, right here:
Fallon even gave the singers a shoutout on Twitter after the episode:
Here are some of our favorite Twitter reactions to Cyrus’ Tonight Show performance:
4. Comparisons to Her Sister Don’t Bother Her
“We’re going to be told that we sound alike,” she told Billboard recently. “I’ve been expecting that. It doesn’t take me by surprise, and it doesn’t bother me.”
Noah also revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that her sister has always shared sage advice with her.
“Miley always says, ‘Don’t ever look yourself up or read your comments, ’cause you’re gonna see stuff that you don’t want to see.’ That’s the best advice ever. If it’s making me happy, then it’s working.”
5. Also Like Her Sister, She had an Acting Career
Yes, just as her older sister did, Noah Cyrus started acting at a young age before breaking into music. In fact, she appeared in her sister’s projects Hannah Montana: The Movie and the Disney Channel series of the same name. Billy Rae also helped her out with her acting resume. When she was three, Noah appeared on her dad’s series, Doc.
Cyrus’ first movie role was voicing the title character in the English version of Ponyo, a Japanese animated film by Studio Ghibli. Acting isn’t on her mind anymore, but that doesn’t mean she wants to stay out of the spotlight.
“For years I had been riding horses and staying away,” she told Billboard. “Then two years ago, I started writing in sessions, and I fell in love with it. This is what I want to do.”
About three years ago, right around my 14th birthday. I had been listening to Ben Howard’s album, ‘I Forget Where We Were‘—I was just crazy about it. It was the best album I’d heard and it was really inspiring to me. I wanted to write my own music after that.