Miley Cyrus has made the news this year more for her personal life and style choices than for her music.

She is hoping to change that with the release of a new single by the New Year and a new album in early 2013.

The 19-year-old pop star recently chopped off her long hair into a punky, platinum pixie and announced a surprise engagement to boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, but now she’s ready for the spotlight to be back on her work.

Cyrus has been busy in the studio working on her upcoming album. Speaking about her new music backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Cyrus said:

“I’ve never really had time to do that, to kind of have my record kind of ‘done’ and then sit there and make it until it’s perfect. So, it’s been really, really fun. This whole year that’s all I’ve really dedicated life to.”

The former child actress is doing her best to take control of all aspects of her life and career this year. She said that she has been meeting with labels about putting out her new music but is being cautious.

“I just want to make sure it’s exactly what I want first,” she said.

Cyrus has been collaborating on her new sound with Pharrell Williams and hip-hop production team Da Internz.

Her goal? “I wanna make a sick record.”

In addition to working on new music, Cyrus will also continue to expand her acting résumé with a guest role on the CBS sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men.’ Her new film ‘So Undercover’ is also due to hit theaters in limited release on October 5.

She released her last album, ‘Can’t Be Tamed,’ in 2010.

Check out the music video for her song ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ below: