There's always gonna be another mountain, I'm always gonna want to make it move
Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992) is a Teen Idol, best known as the star of the Disney ChannelKid ComHannah Montana and successful singing career. (2001-present) She is also the daughter of country musician Billy Ray Cyrus.As the star of Hannah Montana, Disneybuilt an entire franchise around her with great results, propelling her to the top of the Teen Idol heap and making her loved by many, many thousands of girls across the globe. Along with the show, she also performed as Hannah Montana and soon after embarked on her own solo music and acting career without the Hannah persona. Took a Hotter and Sexier turn in 2013, and this has gotten loads of press coverage. Cyrus has sold an estimated twenty million albums worldwide to date.As of the beginning of 2011, she is officially back on Twitter.She got engaged to LiamHemsworth in May 2012, after three years of dating, but they broke it off in 2013.
Anti-Love Song: "Can't Be Tamed" in the way "Oops I Did It Again" was.
Anti-Role Model: Nominated as the worst role model of the year two years in row.
She conversely is very involved in charities and causes, from anti-bullying campaigns to Make-A-Wish to voter registration to gay rights to Starkey Hearing (which gives hearing aids to deaf people in Third World countries) to Youth Service America, and takes her status as a positive role model very seriously, but her (mild) attempts to break away from her Disney image (and the occasional scandal) get more media coverage.
And then the 2013 VMAs happened, with the "twerking" incident.
Largely subverted and now considered discredited, at least, in the United Kingdom, where she has at least attempted to try to clean up her image.
Breakup Song: "7 Things", "The Driveway", "Bottom Of the Ocean" (In interpretation), "These Four Walls", "Goodbye", "Talk is Cheap", "Two More Lonely People", "FU", "Someone Else", "Every Rose Has It's Thorn", "Take Me Along", "Wrecking Ball".
Child Popstar: Her earliest works were recorded when she was around 12.
Cover Version: "Cherry Bomb", "I Love Rock N Roll", "Kicking And Screaming", "These Four Walls", "Smells like Teen Spirit", "Landslide", "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go", "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "Lilac Wine", "Look What They've Done To My Song Ma", "Bad Reputation", "Start All Over", "Jolene" and more.
She has also covered The Smiths' "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again", and "Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey in the acoustic sections of her Bangerz tour, and Arctic Monkeys' "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" and a duet of Madonna's "Don't Tell Me" with Madonna herself on her MTV Unplugged special.
Regular namechecks of Nicki Minaj, John Lennon and Cage The Elephant on her reactivated Twitter account are common, along with obscure artists like Kina.
And of Gucci Mane.
And Gretchen Peters.
And Britney Spears, shown in her Can't Be Tamed album and gave her an lifetime achievement award at the Teen Choice Awards. The fact Britney guest stars on the Bangerz album officially makes her an Ascended Fangirl.
And Hilary Duff (before all the others). She even met her once in an event, and before that, got a call from her during an interview on a show on MuchMusic!
Gay Aesop: "My Heart Beats For Love" is dedicated to her gay friend and has one of the most thorough messages that all love is love.
Genki Girl: Watch one of her appearances on any talk show. Chances are the host, no matter how experienced, will run into a point where he can't get in a word edgewise. This especially happens with particularly deep, personal, or highly-controversial topics, such as LGBT rights, her dating life, or her musical transformation.
Genre Roulette: Within the style of teen-pop, her music takes on elements of pop, rock, dance, techno, country-pop, New Wave, hip-hop, power ballads, punk-pop...
Bangerz has country, EDM and R&B influences, with some production work by Pharell Williams.
Moral Guardians: Concern over her supposed "sexy" image from parents and other pressure groups.
Music Is Politics: The look she adopted after Hannah Montana is clearly about selling records and shedding her old kiddy image.
Medley: Did a cover medley at The Gypsy Heart tour. I Love Rock N Roll/Cherry Bomb/Bad Reputation.
Mondegreen: Many people, when listening to "We Can't Stop", mistake the line "We like to party/dancing with Miley" for "dancing with molly". Explanation Molly is a pure form MDMA, usually in a powder form. Well, if you must be really technical, Molly is actually a hypocoristic form of Mary or Marie.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Despite her producer stating that it was "dancing with Miley", Miley later stated that she was in fact talking about molly, but decided to leave the interpretation up to the fans, stating: "It depends who's doing what. If you're aged ten [the lyric is] "Miley", if you know what I'm talking about then you know. I just wanted it to be played on the radio and they've already had to edit it so much...you know what I'm up to — you know what that lyric is saying."
Pretty in Mink: She wore a fox coat in the video for "We Can't Stop", and the same coat for a few Christmas concerts that year.
Real Life Writes the Plot: She was going to release her cover of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" as a duet with Bret Michaels as the second single from Can't Be Tamed and perform the song at the AMAs, but because her mother had been accused of having an affair with Bret, both of these were scrapped.
The 2013 VMAs performance also ran on this to some extent.
This trope and Rule of Fun seem to fuel a great deal of Miley's 2014 Bangerz tour, particularly during opening songs "(SMS) Bangerz", "4x4" and "Love Money Party".
Retcon: On her new website in August 2012 she has Breakout, Time Of Our Lives and Can't Be Tamed, but no longer acknowledges her album "collaboration" with Hannah Montana called, "Meet Miley Cyrus".
As of late 2013, she doesn't even acknowledge that anything pre-Bangerz even existed.
Interviews taken around the release of Can't Be Tamed have Miley saying "seven year old me would beat up 18-year old me for being a sellout", so maybe this is a trend we're seeing here.
Miley kept her teen-pop hits (and the occasional Hannah hit) in live setlists even up to the 2011 Gypsy Heart Tour, yet the only music of hers to predate 2012 in her regular Bangerz Tour setlists are "Can't Be Tamed" and "Party In The U.S.A.". May have something to do with her wanting to be seen as a new artist with her RCA Records deal.
Shaking The Rump: Her stage routine now utilizes a surprising amount of this, ever since taking a Hotter and Sexier turn. She described her love of "twerking" in-depth in a 2013 interview with Ryan Seacrest, but it really came to dominate her public image after her performance at the 2013 VMAs. She's arguably the reason that "twerk" is now a household word.
Sir Swears-a-Lot: From 2012 onward especially, at least compared with a few years ago.
Studio Chatter: Miley shouts "Rrrrock'N'Rolllll!!!" at the end of "East Northumberland High".
Silly Love Songs: "Stay", "Adore You", "Full Circle" and "Obsessed" especially. Actually, most of her discography pre-Bangerz was composed of these.
"Robot" is basically one enormous Take That aimed at the Disney machine and the Contractual Purity it entails, as well as a swipe at the Moral Guardians who overreact to Cyrus' every misstep. It could also be towards a certain episode of Family Guy that depicts her as an actual robot.
Her Saturday Night Live monologue got even straighter to the point, in which she compared her relatively mild scandals to the likes of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan and satirically apologized, saying "I'm sorry that I'm not perfect." In song, of course.
"Fly On The Wall" is about the paparazzi and how they like seeing things which aren't there with guys who are just her friends and how she's 100% committed to whoever she happens to be dating at any moment.
Retweeted and expanded on a Twitter post by an E! Network gossip blogger friend of hers basically (fairly or unfairly) questioning the media for giving Taylor Swift a chaste, Purity Sue image in spite of going from one boyfriend to another, while Miley (maybe due to her adopting a sexier image as she grew up) was given a promiscuous, trampy reputation in spite of staying loyal to one man, Liam Hemsworth, for three years.
The line "It's my mouth, I can say what I want to" in "We Can't Stop" can be interpreted in this way.
Teen Idol: Was only about thirteen when she hit it big.
Three Minutes of Writhing: Beginning with Party in the USA, hip gyrations have become an increasingly prominent part of Miley's dance repertoire, culminating in her twerking at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. It's since become a major part of her repertoire.
Title Track: "Breakout", "The Time Of Our Lives", and "Can't Be Tamed" all have one.
"SMS (Bangerz)" is a partial example.
The Tyson Zone: Starting with Bangerz, her behavior became so out of control that nothing she does comes across as surprising anymore.
Vocal Evolution: Her cover of Lilac Wine she erases all of her country and raspy vibes for a way fresher voice choice.