When Miley Cyrus was at the height of her wild-child phase in 2013, she was getting a lot of comparisons to Madonna. The Material Girl paved the way for the young female pop stars of today with her risqué performances and fearless sexuality, and twerking Miley was proving to be the perfect student.
It’s no surprise, then, that there was a song written for the duo to record together at the time titled “Like Madonna.” It was reportedly offered to the Queen of Pop for a collaboration, but she ultimately turned it down.
But now, an alleged snippet from what appears to be an unreleased demo of Miley’s vocals on the track has leaked online, giving us insight into what could have been.
With lyrics like “Strike a pose like Madonna” and “I don’t give a…like Madonna,” it’s clear that Cyrus wanted to pay tribute to her queen with the track.
Although a proper version of the song will never see the light of day, we did get to witness a Miley-Madonna collaboration when the duo performed a mash-up of “Don’t Tell Me” and “We Can’t Stop” in a 2014 episode of MTV Unplugged.
“I grew up listening to Madonna and a lot of what she represented for me is what I try to represent to girls now,” Cyrus told MTV News about the collab. “Not being afraid of sexuality and really being who you want to be and doing what you want to do. And that’s what ’Don’t Tell Me’ is about…I feel like ’We Can’t Stop’ is kind of the 2013 version of ’Don’t Tell Me.'”
Head here to watch the pop stars’ Unplugged performance.