Fans have pointed out the similarities between Miley Cyrus’ latest hit Midnight Sky and Stevie Nicks’ Edge of Seventeen – and it seems the comparisons aren’t just an unlikely coincidence.
The hitmaker tells The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon she personally reached out to the Fleetwood Mac star to seek her approval to sample the classic track, taken from Stevie’s solo debut, Bella Donna.
According to Miley, she got a lot more than she bargained for with the rock icon’s reply – as she gave her permission to “borrow” musical ideas from the Fleetwood Mac legend whenever she wants in “the coolest letter ever”.
“I sent her the song and I said, ‘I have an alternate melody, if you don’t want me to kind of like pay tribute to you and your greatness and how much you’ve inspired me,'” Miley recalls, “And she said, ‘You can borrow from me anytime.'”
The pop singer previously saluted Fleetwood Mac at the 2018 MusiCares’ Person of the Year ceremony, where Miley performed a cover of their classic hit Landslide, and she is grateful to count Nicks as one of her mentors – alongside her godmother, Dolly Parton, and Joan Jett.
“They are so open and welcoming to the newer members, the younger artists coming up, and they offer their mentorship,” Miley gushes.
“It’s just been really incredibly important in my career, having someone like (Stevie) to look up to. You know, like everyone looks up to Stevie Nicks but having that direct relationship has been just, you know, kind of life-changing.”
Stevie is set to return to the spotlight next month after some downtime with her new live album, The 24 Karat Gold Tour. Here’s what we know about the project so far.
And if you haven’t already, check out this brilliant mash-up of Midnight Sky and Edge of Seventeen.