Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Among Artists Featured on Huge New Metallica Tribute Album
The project commemorates the 30th anniversary of Metallica’s self-titled “Black Album.” All proceeds from the release will go to the All Within My Hands Foundation, and there’s likely to be at least one musician on the record you’ll be excited to hear.
Miley Cyrus Collabs with Elton John on Metallica Cover
The first cover to be released from The Metallica Blacklist is a collaboration between Miley Cyrus and Elton John, featuring WATT, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo, and Chad Smith. They joined forces to cover the song “Nothing Else Matters.”
They’re not the only ones to cover the track on the upcoming project. The original album has 12 songs, which are covered by 53 artists in various renditions. Cyrus takes the lead on this power ballad, showing off her strong voice. The song has a surreal, Western-inspired music video.
This isn’t Cyrus’ first time covering the song. She previously sang it in concert at the Glastonbury Festival in 2019 and totally rocked it. The singer also teased her collaboration with Elton John in an interview earlier this year.
“I mean, having Elton John and Metallica and me … I love when ingredients don’t quite fit,” she said. “Or it seems like a concoction that no one would ever put together, and you gotta have someone like [the song’s producer Andrew] Watt that will take that risk.”
Who Else Will Be on the Album?
According to Stereogum, other artists who will try their hand at “Nothing Else Matters” are Phoebe Bridgers, Mickey Guyton, Chris Stapleton, and Darius Rucker. Fans are sure to have a variety of sounds to enjoy for each track.
Pharrell Williams’ duo The Neptunes will also be featured on The Metallica Blacklist, covering “Wherever I May Roam.” The act posted on Twitter that proceeds from the song would go to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation as well as Pharrell’s charity YELLOW.
Metallica released an extensive trailer for the upcoming release previewing the artists and songs you can expect to hear. That includes Alessia Cara on “Enter Sandman,” St. Vincent on “Sad But True,” and Cage the Elephant on “The Unforgiven.”
The album will even feature some non-English renditions, including a Spanish cover of “Nothing Else Matters” by Chilean singer Mon Leferte. A variety of genres are represented among the artists, from rock to hip-hop to country, which just goes to show how versatile music can be.
The Metallica Blacklist will be released September 10. You can pre-order it here. The band is also releasing a reissue of the Black Album. It will be available in a box set with six LPs, 14 CDs, and six DVDs. Fans certainly have a lot to look forward to later this year.