STORY OF SONG
“July” is the 2019 single from young American artist and musician Miley Cyrus’ sister – Noah Cyrus. The song was released on the 31st July 2019, alongside a music video directed by James Pereira.
“July” was written by Cyrus, Peter Harding and Michael Sonier, with Sonier also producing the track. When sharing the song for the first time, Cyrus posted a photo with this caption: “this one is really emotional for me and extremely heart felt. thank you to Peter Harding and Michael Sonier for making me feel comfortable enough to open up and write this song. i wrote this about a time when i felt like i amounted to nothing to someone and never felt good enough for them. i stayed in fear of the heart break tho my heart was already in a million pieces. anyway its out now heres a piece of my life that made a huge impact on me.” Cyrus also spoke to music pubication Genius.com about what the inspiration was behind “July”.
Genius: What inspired this song?
Noah Cyrus: I was in Bali for a writing camp and it was my second year. But this year I’d been overwhelmed with anxiety and so I was really scared of the trip. And it was the first day on the trip and when we got in, I was just, to be honest, I’m really far away from home. We’ve been here a few days. I’ve had some time to sit in my room and think. I’ve just been getting depressed and I’m thinking about some shit that went down with me this year, or well last year, this time whenever I wrote it, I wrote it right around July. I went through a bad breakup on July 4th last year and that was after a two and a half year long relationship. And we got into the room and we just started talking. I have to know you to be able to write with you so I was like telling them my story and vice versa. In the room, we just all realized that we’ve been through a lot of the same shit. Whether it was in someone’s current marriage or in my past relationship, everybody is going through the same shit, really. And it’s hard co-existing with another person which was my issue with my relationship and you know, you don’t agree on everything. But definitely, my past relationship was the reason I wrote this song and this is a very straight to the point, like this is about X-Y and Z and that’s it.
The music video was released the same day as the track – 31st July 2019. Directed by James Pereira, it features Cyrus in a field with all her belongings and suitcases, while singing about leaving her toxic lover behind. As of late January 2020, the video has over 14.6 million views.
Release Date: 31st July 2019
Songwriter/s: Noah Cyrus, Peter Harding & Michael Sonier
Producer/s: Michael Sonier
Label/s: Records / Columbia
Music Video Release Date: 31st July 2019
Music Video Director: James Pereira
Chart Rankings & Certifications: “July” reached charts globally, ranking #51 in Australia, #13 in Belgium, #40 in Canada, #25 in Ireland, #30 in Norway, #183 in Portugal, #99 in Scotland, #78 in Sweden, #77 in Switzerland, #75 in the UK and #91 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. “July” has Gold certification in both Australia and Canada.
The lyrics to “July” can be viewed here: LINK