Swedish dance-music duo Icona Pop and synth-rockster Sky Ferreira will be opening for Miley Cyrus when the Bangerz Tour resumes its US schedule at the Nassau Coliseum in August. But Miley’s bumping and grinding on stage with assorted furries, while smoking super-fat blunts, has become somewhat passé. Cyrus does not have an infectious angry-girl mega-hit anthem like the pump fisting Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care.”
Released in 2012, IPop’s lingering monster smash, featuring Charli XCX, refuses to go away. The catchy but livid break-up song can be heard on many television commercials and shows, among them HBO’s “Girls.” It was also included on the “Need for Speed: Most Wanted” video game soundtrack, several films, as well as some recent Internet product advertisements.
There is no denying that Icona Pop's “I Don’t Care” is downright contagious. Though the tantalizing beat and irate lyrics may be an earworm to some, the humorous tune has scored high on international charts. ”I Don’t Care” is truly a global success. Who knew lyrics like “I crashed my car into the bridge, I watched, I let it burn” and “I don’t care, I love it, I don’t care” would resonate with so many people? Miley didn’t think of that.
Sky’s the limit
Like Miley Cyrus, opening act Sky Ferreira has a penchant for being photographed nude. Even so, the sometime model turned songstress, who was previously arrested for illegal drug possession, has often been in the news for her vocal stylings. A Redken haircare spokeswoman, the California born Ferreira is famous for her killer recording collaborations and contemporary cutting-edge approach to pop music. According to Carrie Batan of pitchfork.com, Sky Ferreira “knows how to look listeners directly in the eye and get them to just listen to her.”
When the music’s over and the Nassau Coliseum crowd has emptied out, compared to Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira, Miley Cyrus runs the risk of being nothing more than a lewd spectacle. Oh yeah, plus she’s rich. Maybe Miley should be opening for Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira instead of the other way around.