NINE is the eighth studio album by blink-182. The 15-track record features singles including ‘Blame It On My Youth’ and ‘Darkside’, but in a huge twist, it turns one of the songs from the album originally featured guest vocals by Miley Cyrus.
Two weeks before the full release of the record, blink-182 dropped the single ‘I Really Wish I Hated You’, and now it has emerged that Cyrus sung vocals on an unreleased version of the track.
A snippet of the song has been leaked on an Italian blink-182 Instagram page. Several fans immediately called the snippet out as being fake, with many suggesting that Cyrus’ vocals had simply been superimposed over the top.
However, Mark Hoppus has since confirmed that there is definitely a version of the track with Cyrus on vocals. The bass player has been performing old blink material on a bunch of live Twitch streams while in isolation, and he was asked point-blank about the song in a recent stream.
“Did it leak? I will be right back and we’ll talk about this,” said Hoppus as he played Animal Crossing.
“I don’t know what the story is with… well I know exactly what the story is with the Miley Cyrus version of ‘I Really Wish I Hated You’. But I did not realise that it was in the world. So I am trying to find out answers.”
He was pressed about it again later in the stream. “She sang on a version of ‘I Really Wish I Hated You’ and apparently it leaked,” he confirmed.
Mark Hoppus confirms a blink-182 collab with Miley Cyrus:
Mark confirmed that Miley Cyrus sang on an unreleased version of I Really Wish I Hated You.
— blink-182 Italia (@blink182italia) April 13, 2020
While spending time in isolation recently, Hoppus has been streaming himself live, gaming with his son Jack and playing a bunch of games on Nintendo Switch.
During some Twitch streams he’s taken time to perform a stack of old tracks by blink as well as by +44, a supergroup formed with blink-182’s Travis Barker, Shane Gallagher of The Nervous Return and Mercy Killer’s guitarist Craig Fairbaugh.