At least Miley’s shorts are longer than usual!

She recently announced the official release date of her new album.

And with tracks for the forthcoming long-player on the verge of completion Miley Cyrus took a well-earned break close to her sprawling Toluca Lake home on Friday.

The 20-year-old singer has been hard at work this week as she adds the finishing touches to Bangerz, her fourth studio album and her first significant departure from the bubble-gum pop she became synonymous with as Disney girl Hannah Montana.

Stepping out in a pair of strappy heels and cropped denim shorts this week, Miley looked like she’d well and truly buried her wholesome alter-ego as she prepared for a day with pals.

The hit-maker matched her frayed Levi’s shorts with a cropped sleeveless top that revealed a distinctive tattoo on her right elbow.

Miley also carried a stylish blue bomber jacket over one arm as she made her to a waiting car – but her Australian boyfriend Liam Hemsworth was nowhere to be seen as she headed off.

Indeed, as the singer was stepping out so too was the towering Hunger Games star, who photographers spotted looking rather pleased with himself as he sauntered out of a local gym in Los Angeles.

After putting in some long hours at the studio Miley recently revealed that Bangerz will be released on October 8 – and she’ll know doubt be encouraged by the warm reception afforded its lad single, We Can’t Stop.

The infectious track climbed to number three on the US Hot 100, but perhaps more significantly it won the singer and actress her very first UK number one last weekend.

Her latest album is expected to feature collaborations with Big Sean, Future and Nelly, while production credits will extend to the likes of Mike Will Made It, Da Internz and Pharrell – already enjoying a renaissance thanks to previous collaborations with Daft Punk.

Speaking about the LP’s titles she recently tweeted: ‘The album revealed its name about 8 songs in when I realized we got nutn but #bangerz.’