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Late-Night TV Music (Opposites Edition) | Oct. 22, 2019

David Byrne and Noah Cyrus are a match made in talk-show heaven.

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If opposites really do attract, David Byrne and Noah Cyrus should be a match made in heaven. No, the former Talking Heads frontman and new wave elder statesman isn’t dating the youngest Cyrus offspring (far as I know, anyway). But they are meeting up in today’s Late-Night TV Roundup, thanks to their drastically different appearances on Tuesday’s talk shows. Byrne and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus showed up on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform the uplifting a cappella hymn One Fine Day from his Broadway musical American Utopia, whose soundtrack arrives Friday. Meanwhile, Cyrus sang her rootsy acoustic number July on The Late Late Show With James Corden, surrounded by a copious amount of baggage, which may or may not have been some sort of visual metaphor in addition to illustrating a line in the song. Finally, speaking of numbers, as of this writing, the Cyrus clip had three times the views of the Byrne performance. That says something about something — whether it’s current musical tastes, millennial viewing patterns or something else, I’m not sure. Either way, it doesn’t seem like a good thing.