Miley Cyrus is a young American actress and pop singer-songwriter. The girl became an overnight sensation in 2006 as the star of Hannah Montana show, whose success allowed Cyrus to launch her own recording career several years later. The lucky one, isn’t she? Miley is known for controversial performances, scandals, teen daydream boyfriends – let’s take trip to her outrageous but very interesting world!
Destiny Hope Cyrus, best known as Miley Cyrus, is an American actress, singer and songwriter, born in November 23, 1992, in Nashville, Tennessee. Young Miley Cyrus became an overnight sensation in 2006 as the star of Hannah Montana, a popular Disney Channel television series whose success allowed Cyrus to launch her own recording career several years later. Born to country singer-actor Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Leticia “Tish” Cyrus, she was given the name Destiny Hope Cyrus upon her parents’ thought that she would accomplish great things in life.
Miley Cyrus was born on November 23, 1992, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Letitia Jean “Tish” and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Her parents named her Destiny Hope because they believed that she would accomplish great things with her life. They gave her the nickname “Smiley”, which was later shortened to “Miley”, because she smiled so often as a baby. Against the wishes of her father’s record company, Cyrus’ parents secretly married a year after Cyrus’s birth on December 28, 1993. Tish had two children from a previous relationship: Trace and Brandi. Billy Ray adopted Trace and Brandi when they were young. She has a half-brother, Christopher Cody, Billy Ray’s son from a brief relationship, born the same year as Miley; he grew up with his mother in South Carolina. Tish and Billy Ray had two more children, Braison and Noah. Cyrus’s godmother is entertainer Dolly Parton. Cyrus was very close to her paternal grandfather, Democratic politician Ronald Ray Cyrus. Cyrus has paid her grandfather several tributes since his death in 2006, including eventually changing her middle name to “Ray”. According to Cyrus’s father: “A lot of people say Miley changed her name to Miley Ray because of Billy Ray, but that’s not true. She did that in honor of my dad, because the two of them just loved each other to pieces.” Cyrus grew up on a 500-acre (2.0 km2) farm in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, and attended Heritage Elementary School. She was raised Christian and was baptized in a Southern Baptist church prior to moving to Hollywood in 2005. She attended church regularly while growing up and wore a purity ring. Several of Cyrus’s siblings also eventually entered the entertainment business: Trace became a vocalist and guitarist for the electronic pop band Metro Station, Noah became an actress, and Brandi became a guitarist.
In 2001, when Cyrus was eight, she and her family moved to Toronto, Canada while her father filmed the television series Doc. Cyrus said watching her father film the show inspired her to pursue acting. After Billy Ray took her to see a 2001 Mirvish production of Mamma Mia! at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Cyrus grabbed his arm and told him: “This is what I want to do, daddy. I want to be an actress.” She began taking singing and acting classes at the Armstrong Acting Studio in Toronto. In her first role, Cyrus played a girl named Kylie on Doc. In 2003, Cyrus was credited under her birth name for her role as “Young Ruthie” in Tim Burton’s Big Fish. At age 11, Cyrus learned about the casting for what became Hannah Montana, a Disney Channelchildren’s television series about a school girl with a secret double life as a teen pop star. Cyrus sent in a tape auditioning for the show’s best friend role, but received a call asking her to audition for the lead, “Chloe Stewart”. After sending in a new tape and flying to Hollywood for further auditions, Cyrus was told that she was too young and too small for the part. However, her persistence and ability to sing in addition to act led the show’s producers to invite her back for further auditions. Cyrus eventually received the lead, renamed “Miley Stewart” after herself, at the age of twelve. During this time, she also auditioned with Taylor Lautner for the feature film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and it came down to her and another actress, but Cyrus started doing Hannah Montana instead. As Cyrus’s career took off, Tish Cyrus made several critical decisions regarding her daughter’s representation. She signed Cyrus with Mitchell Gossett, director of the youth division at Cunningham Escott Slevin Doherty. Gossett, who specializes in creating child stars, had arranged for Cyrus’s auditions for Hannah Montana and is credited with “discovering” her. For Cyrus’s music career, Tish followed the advice of Dolly Parton, Cyrus’s godmother and a singer herself, and signed Cyrus with Jason Morey of Morey Management Group. “Dolly said the Moreys are people you can trust around your daughter,” Tish Cyrus recalls, “and she said they have good morals, which is not always the case in this business.” And Parton’s advice was “the best advice [Tish] could [have gotten] on who should rep her daughter.” Tish also recruited Billy Ray’s business manager to manage her daughter’s finances. Tish herself continues to co-manage or produce many of Cyrus’s career decisions. For her education, Cyrus enrolled at Options for Youth Charter Schools and studied with a private tutor on the set of her television show.
Hannah Montana became an instant hit and propelled Cyrus to teen idol status, according to The Daily Telegraph. The series premiered on March 26, 2006, to the largest audience ever for a Disney Channel show and soon became one of the highest-rated series on basic cable, elevating Cyrus’s wealth and fame along with it. Time magazine reports that Cyrus’s “phenom[enal]” success is due partially to her talent and partially to “Disney learning to use its vast, multimedia holdings” and market Cyrus and Hannah Montana appropriately. Cyrus eventually became the first artist to have deals in television, film, consumer products, and music within The Walt Disney Company. The first single was The Best of Both Worlds, the theme song to Hannah Montana, which was released on March 28, 2006. The Best of Both Worlds is credited to Hannah Montana, the pop star Cyrus portrays on the series by the same name. As with other songs credited to Montana, Cyrus typically dressed as the character when performing the song live. Cyrus’s first release under her own name was a cover of James Baskett’s Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, released on April 4, 2006, on the fourth edition of DisneyMania. Dressed as Hannah Montana, Cyrus opened for The Cheetah Girls on twenty dates of their The Party’s Just Begun Tour, beginning on September 15, 2006. On October 24 of same year, Walt Disney Records released the first Hannah Montana soundtrack. Of the nine tracks on the soundtrack performed by Cyrus, eight were credited to Hannah Montana and one, a duet with her father titled I Learned from You, was credited to Cyrus as herself. The album peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
The second season of Hannah Montana premiered on April 23, 2007, and ran until October 12, 2008. Cyrus signed a four-album deal with Disney-owned Hollywood Records and, on June 26, 2007, released a double-disc album. The first disc was the soundtrack to the second season of Hannah Montana, while the second, titled Meet Miley Cyrus, was Cyrus’s debut album credited to her own name. The double-disc album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and was later certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Meet Miley Cyrus generated See You Again, Cyrus’s first single to be released under her own name and her first top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In fall 2007, Cyrus launched her first tour, the Best of Both Worlds Tour, to promote Meet Miley Cyrus and the Hannah Montana soundtracks. With the Jonas Brothers, Aly and AJ, and Everlife as her opening acts, Cyrus toured from October 17, 2007, to January 31, 2008, with stops in the U.S. and Canada. Tickets sold out in minutes and were scalped for up to $2,500 and an average of $214, well above their $26–$65 face value. A Ticketmaster official commented: “Hell hath no fury like the parent of a child throwing a tantrum. People who have been in this business for a long time are watching what’s happening, and they say there hasn’t been a demand of this level or intensity since The Beatles or Elvis.”
After the end of the Best of Both Worlds Tour in January 2008, Walt Disney Pictures released Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, a 3D concert film of the tour, on February 1, 2008, for what was expected to be a one-week run. The film earned over $31 million at the box-office and an average of $42,000 per theater, twice the expected total, convincing Disney executives to extend the release for an indefinite run. On July 22, 2008, Cyrus released her second studio album under her own name, titled Breakout. Cyrus said Breakout was inspired by “what’s been going on in my life in the past year.” Cyrus co-wrote eight out of twelve songs on the album. “Songwriting is what I really want to do with my life forever, [...] I just hope this record showcases that, more than anything, I’m a writer.” The album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and its lead single, 7 Things, peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. She hosted the 2008 CMT Music Awards with her father in April and the 2008 Teen Choice Awards by herself in August.Cyrus provided the voice of Penny in the 2008 computer-animated film Bolt, which was released on November 21, 2008, to critical acclaim. Cyrus also co-wrote and recorded the song I Thought I Lost You as a duet with John Travolta for the film, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. In September 2009, she participated in the charity single Just Stand Up! in support of the anti-cancer campaign Stand Up to Cancer and in the City of Hope Benefit Concert in support of cancer research and training programs. She also became involved in Disney’s Friends for Change, an environmentalist group, for which she recorded the charity single Send It On along with several other Disney Channel stars.
Cyrus had already begun transitioning to a more grown-up image in late 2008, when her representatives negotiated a deal for novelist Nicholas Sparks to write the screenplay and novel basis for a film that would serve as a star vehicle for Cyrus by introducing her to audiences older than the young fans she had gained through Hannah Montana. Sparks and co-writer Jeff Van Wie developed The Last Song. It was important to Cyrus that she not be type cast as a singer: “I didn’t want to be a singer in another film. I don’t want to do that anymore. You have no idea how many musicals show up on my door. I want to do something a little more serious.” In March 2009, Cyrus published Miles to Go, a memoir co-written by Hilary Liftin chronicling her life through age sixteen. Cyrus starred as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana in Hannah Montana: The Movie, released April 10, 2009. Both the film and its soundtrack, which contained twelve songs performed by Cyrus, achieved commercial success. The soundtrack’s lead single, The Climb, became a Top 40 hit in twelve countries and introduced Cyrus to listeners outside her typical teen pop audience. Cyrus had considered ending Hannah Montana after its third season, which finished production on June 5, 2009, but Disney retained and exercised its option for a fourth season. Production on The Last Song lasted from June 15, 2009, to August 18, 2009. In between, Cyrus launched the third Hannah Montana soundtrack, recorded the extended play The Time of Our Lives and released the EP’s lead single, Party in the U.S.A. Cyrus said The Time of Our Lives “is a transitioning album. [...] really to introduce people to what I want my next record to sound like and with time I will be able to do that a little more.” Party in the U.S.A. debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for her best-ever ranking on the chart. The Time of Our Lives was released in conjunction with a clothing line co-designed by Cyrus and Max Azria for Walmart. From September 14, 2009, to December 29, 2010, Cyrus toured on her Wonder World Tour to promote Breakout and The Time of Our Lives. On December 7, 2009, Cyrus performed for Queen Elizabeth II and numerous other members of the British Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, North West England.
Production on the fourth and final season of Hannah Montana began on January 18, 2010. In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Cyrus appeared on the charity singles We Are the World: 25 for Haiti and Everybody Hurts. Her third studio album, Can’t Be Tamed, was released on June 21, 2010. The album’s first single is the title track, Can’t Be Tamed. The single was released for sale on May 18, 2010, and entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number eight. Cyrus’s costumes and dances while promoting Can’t Be Tamed were also considerably more provocative than previous performances, arousing media criticism. After releasing the album, Cyrus intends to take a break from the music industry in order to focus on her film career. She commented: “I’ve not taken, like, acting lessons or anything, but it doesn’t mean I don’t need to because I’m sure I do [...] I’m probably going to go book an acting coach.” Cyrus has also decided to opt out of college for the same reason, saying “I’m a firm believer that you can go back at any age you want, because my Grandma went back to college at 62. For right now, I really want to focus on my career. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am now, and I want to enjoy it while it lasts.” Cyrus starred in The Last Song, which was released on March 31, 2010, and received generally poor reviews, as did Cyrus’s performance. Nonetheless, the film was commercially successful, grossing more than $88 million at the worldwide box office. According to box-office analyst Exhibitor Relations, the film marked “a successful transition to adult roles for Miley Cyrus.” The fourth and final season of Hannah Montana began airing on Disney Channel on July 11, 2010, and was ended on January 16, 2011. Cyrus filmed two more films, LOL: Laughing Out Loud and So Undercover in 2010. In LOL, a remake of a 2008 French teen film of the same name, Cyrus plays “a daughter who is involved with all the wrong kids, doing drugs, failing school, but [...whose] mother has her on this perfect pedestal” and says “[She] just fell in love with the story.” Cyrus’ character loses her virginity, smokes cannabis, gets wasted and kisses two girlfriends on the lips. She will also star in So Undercover, an action comedy film. Cyrus will play the part of “a tough, street-smart private eye hired by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority.” She learned street fighting for the role. Despite her earlier announcement that she’d be focusing more on acting in the future, in February 2011, Cyrus confirmed she had no films lineup and was going to go on tour. On April 29, 2011, Cyrus embarked on her international Gypsy Heart Tour in South America and ended the tour on July 2, 2011, in Australia. Cyrus hosted Saturday Night Live on March 5, 2011, where she performed in several sketches. She also sang a brief song about her several controversies, such as the bong incident, the photo of her friend and she eating a Twizzler, and the “pole dance” on a hotel pole at the Teen Choice Awards, stating “I’m sorry that I’m not perfect.”In March 2011, father Billy Ray Cyrus confirmed on talk show, The View, that Cyrus had been in talks with producer Dr. Luke on a new album. In July 2011, it was announced that she would record her fourth studio album and she has no plans to sign onto any other film projects. However, it was reported on August 2, 2011, by Contact Music that Cyrus has signed on to star in a comedy in which she plays a woman who broke a promise to God.
In January 2012, it was announced that Cyrus would be on Punk’d. Cyrus would be on the show alongside friend and co-star in her new film So Undercover, Kelly Osbourne. Cyrus and Osbourne on an episode of the show would punk reality star and TV personality Khloé Kardashian Odom. They punk Khloe by having a young food delivery man pretends to get his family jewels caught in his zipper while using Miley’s bathroom. On January 24, the album Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International was released in honor of Bob Dylan, Cyrus covered Dylan’s song You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go from his 15th studio album Blood on the Tracks, in which she also made a music video. Cyrus’s version of the song earned positive reviews from music critics. In February, Cyrus dropped out of the animated comedy Hotel Transylvania, in which she was meant to play the role of Mavis, the daughter of Dracula who is voiced by Adam Sandler, the movie also stars Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, and David Spade. It was later announced that she will be replaced by fellow Disney star and friend Selena Gomez. She later announced that she dropped out of the film because she wanted to work on her music this year.
|2003||Big Fish||Young Ruthie|
|2007||High School Musical 2||Girl at pool|
|2008||Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert||Herself and Hannah Montana|
|2009||Hannah Montana: The Movie||Miley Stewart / Hannah Montana|
|2010||The Last Song||Veronica “Ronnie” Miller|
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Herself|
|2011||Justin Bieber: Never Say Never||Herself|
|2006–2011||Hannah Montana||Miley Stewart / Hannah Montana|
|2006–2008||Disney Channel||Herself / Hannah Montana|
|2006||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Miley Stewart / Hannah Montana|
|2007||Replacements, TheThe Replacements||Celebrity Star (voice)|
|2007–2008||Emperor’s New School, TheThe Emperor’s New School||Yata (voice)|
|2008||E! True Hollywood Story||Herself|
|2009||Suite Life on Deck, TheThe Suite Life on Deck||Miley Stewart / Hannah Montana|
|2011||Saturday Night Live||Herself|
|2011||i.am FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll||Herself|
2010, The Climb, Most Performed Songs – Won
2009, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Hannah Montana 3, Favorite Soundtrack – Nominated
2008, See You Again, Winning Song – Won
2008, Miley Cyrus, Breakthrough act – Won
2009, Miley Cyrus, Special Award – Won
2008, I Thought I Lost You, Best Original Song – Nominated
2008, I Thought I Lost You, Best Song – Nominated
2010, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Worst Actress – Nominated 2011, The Last Song, Worst Actress – Nominated
2008, Hannah Montana, Outstanding Female Lead in a Comedy Series – Won 2009, Miley Cyrus, Outstanding Female Lead in a Comedy Series – Won
2007, Hannah Montana, Favorite TV Actress – Won 2008, Miley Cyrus, Favorite Female Singer – Won 2009, Bolt, Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie – Nominated 2009, Hannah Montana, Favorite TV Actress – Nominated 2009, Party in the U.S.A., Favorite Song – Nominated 2010, Miley Cyrus, Favorite Movie Actress – Won 2010, Miley Cyrus, Favorite Female Singer – Nominated 2010, Miley Cyrus, Favorite Movie Actress – Won 2011, Hannah Montana Forever, Favorite TV Actress – Nominated
2011, Miley Cyrus, Favorite International Singer – Nominated
2010, Miley Cyrus, International Women’s Favorite Character Series – Nominated
2012, Miley Cyrus, Special Award – Won
2008, Start All Over, Best International Artist Video – Nominated 2009, The Climb, Best International Artist Video – Nominated 2010, Party in the U.S.A., Best International Artist Video – Won MTV Awards
2008, Miley Cyrus, Favorite Star under 35 – Nominated 2010, Miley Cyrus, Favorite Breakout Movie Actress – Won 2010,Miley Cyrus, Favorite Web Celeb – Nominated
2010, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, Iconic Couple – Won 2010, The Last Song, Iconic Movie Actress – Won 2010, Miley Cyrus, Iconic Trendsetter – Nominated 2010, Miley Cyrus, Iconic Female Star – Won 2010, Miley Cyrus, Icon of the Year – Nominated 2011, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, Iconic Couple – Won 2011, Miley Cyrus, Icon Tweeter – Won 2011, Miley Cyrus, Iconic Heart – Won
2009, 7 Things, Favorite International Music Video – Nominated 2010, The Climb, Favorite International Video – Nominated
2008, Hannah Montana, Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress – Won 2008, Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso, Moises Arias, Cody Linley – Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series – Nominated 2009, Hannah Montana, Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress – Nominated 2010, Hannah Montana, Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress – Nominated
2009, Miley Cyrus, Favorite TV Actress – Gold Otto – Won 2009, Miley Cyrus, Favorite Singer – Silver Otto – Won 2010, Miley Cyrus, Best Movie Star – Gold Otto – Won
2010, Can’t Be Tamed (song), Best Video – Won 2011, Miley Cyrus, Hottest Female – Nominated
Best of Both Worlds Tour was the debut concert tour by American recording artist Miley Cyrus. The tour was held to promote the double-disc album Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), which consisted of the soundtrack to Hannah Montana‘s second season and her debut studio album. It initiated in October 2007 and concluded in March 2008, visiting cities in the United States and Canada. The tour was promoted by AEG Live and Buena Vista Concerts. Labelmates the Jonas Brothers, Aly and A.J., and Everlife each served as opening act during the tour. One dollar from each ticket sold was donated to the City of Hope National Medical Center, an organization devoted to the fight against cancer. The Best of Both Worlds Tour raised over US $2 million for the organization. The Best of Both Worlds Tour was created, by Kenny Ortega and Michael Cotten, to be video intensive and was meant to differentiate Cyrus from Hannah Montana as a performer. The show had Cyrus performing first under character, as Hannah Montana. She then performed a duet with the opening act, which continued performing an interlude of songs. For the latter half of the duet, a body double was used to facilitate the transition from Hannah Montana to herself. Videos online caused many fans to become outraged and question whether Cyrus lip-synched on the tour. Her representatives later issued a statement that denied the allegations and stated the reasons for the body double’s usage. The fast-paced concert had six segments, divided equally between each persona. The tour received generally positive responses from critics, some who complimented Cyrus’ vocal skills and onstage presence and preferred the Hannah Montana set over Cyrus’. The tour was commercially successful, grossing over $54 million. At the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, it won the “Breakthrough Artist” award. Furthermore, tickets sold extremely quickly and were found in secondary markets. Ticket scalping became so extensive it garnered much media attention and lawsuits were filed against MileyWorld, Cyrus’ official fan club, and ticket brokers. A three-dimensional film, Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, was released to American cinema in February 2008. The film received an overwhelming commercial response, grossing a total of $70.6 million worldwide and setting numerous records, including once being the highest-grossing concert film of all time. Critical response was generally positive to mixed. When televised for the first time on Disney Channel, Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert was watched by over 5.9 million viewers. A live album was released as a soundtrack for the film, Best of Both Worlds Concert, with recordings from the same concerts was released in March 2008. The Wonder World Tour is the second concert tour by American recording artist Miley Cyrus. The tour was held to promote her second studio album Breakout (2008) and first extended play (EP) The Time of Our Lives (2009). It began in September 2009 and concluded in December 29, visiting cities in the United States and United Kingdom; thus, the Wonder World Tour became Cyrus’ first world tour. It also became Cyrus’ first tour not to incorporate performances as Hannah Montana. Alternative band Metro Station served as opening act for all tour venues. It was sponsored by Wal-Mart and promoted by AEG Live. All tickets from the Wonder World Tour were sold using paperless ticketing, in order to prevent ticket scalping similar to what had occurred during Cyrus’ previous tour. One dollar from each ticket sold was donated to the City of Hope National Medical Center, an organization devoted to the fight against cancer. The Wonder World Tour has been described as part of Cyrus’ transitional period, with more elaborate and edgier characteristics. Each concert was divided into seven segments, each of which bared different themes, the subject of matter for the tour’s title. The show opened with Cyrus performing rock-oriented songs. It also featured her and backup dancers being suspended above the stage with aerial rigging various times. At one point, she mounted a Harley-Davidson motorcycle as it was elevated and made its path across the venue. Cyrus also rendered a tribute to the deceased singer Michael Jackson and performed two Hannah Montana-credited songs as herself. The tour received positive to mixed reception from critics. Some praised it and deemed it a spectacle, while others believed it lacked profundity and portrayal of Cyrus’ personality. The Wonder World Tour was commercially successful despite the financial recession that was present in 2009. It was able to sell-out all European dates in ten minutes and marks the largest attendance at The O2 Arena in London, England. During the first leg of the tour, one bus overturned several times on a highway. The accident resulted in the injury of one person and the death of another. The cause of the accident is yet to be specified, yet multiple theories for it exist. A filtered version of the Wonder World Tour was broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on June 18, 2010 and received a total of over 2.6 million viewers. The full-length concert film was released on the limited, deluxe edition of Cyrus’ third studio album Can’t Be Tamed (2010). The Gypsy Heart Tour (also known as Corazón Gitano Tour) was the third concert tour by American recording artist Miley Cyrus. Primarily visiting South America and Australia, the tour supported her third studio album, Can’t Be Tamed. Additional stops in Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and the Philippines were included. The tour began on April 29, 2011 in Quito, Ecuador and ended on July 2, 2011 in Perth, Australia. This was the first tour for Cyrus to reach these territories. The tour ranked 22nd in Pollstar’s Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year), earning over $25 million.
The discography of American recording artist Miley Cyrus consists of three studio albums, three live albums, two compilation albums, two remix albums, five soundtrack albums, one extended play (EP), eighteen singles, ten promotional singles, two video albums, and eleven music videos. Prior to launching a musical career of her own, Cyrus starred as the titular character on the popular television series Hannah Montana, which first aired in March 2006. Consequently, the series became a franchise that released several soundtracks, where she performed under character. The first Hannah Montana soundtrack was released in 2006. It peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 for two consecutive weeks and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Following the soundtrack’s release, six songs debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the same week, making Cyrus the first act to do so; with seven tracks in total appearing on the chart, she also became the female act with the most songs charting in the one week. Both records were later surpassed by Taylor Swift. Cyrus then signed a record deal with Hollywood Records to launch a career under her own name.
|Hannah Montana 2||
|Hannah Montana: The Movie||
|Hannah Montana 3||
|Hannah Montana Forever||
As Miley Cyrus
|Meet Miley Cyrus||
|Can’t Be Tamed||
|Best of Bothh Worlds Concert||
|The Time of Our Lives||
|Hannah Montana 2: Non-Stop Dance Party||
|Hannah Montana: The Collection||
|Hannah Montana X-Mas Box||
|Best of Hannah Montana||
|iTunes Live from London||
In February 2008, Cyrus and her friend Mandy Jiroux opened a YouTube account and began posting videos of what they called The Miley and Mandy Show. The show, described as a “YouTube hit,” is said to be filmed for fun by Cyrus and Jiroux and to be entirely their work, with Cyrus and Jiroux editing the footage together. With Cyrus’s increased success came increased media attention. In a May 2008 interview with The Los Angeles Times, Francois Navarre, the proprietor of the X17 photo agency, said Cyrus’s market value had picked up considerably after the Vanity Fair photo controversy: “She’s started to sell more. [...] It used to be $300, and now it’s $2,000 for a picture.” Estimates for a picture of the then-15 year old’s first kiss ranged from $30,000 to $150,000. Navarre noted that Cyrus rarely behaved against her wholesome image or went out without a parent and stated, “She has people waiting for the moment she starts to be less traditional. [...] It’s natural. Any teenager. But it’s going to come very fast. [...] As soon as her mom lets her go out by herself. It’s going to start to be interesting.” Time magazine included her on the 2008 Time 100, the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Her write-up was written by former child star Donny Osmond, who warned, “As an idol to tweens the world over, singer-actress Miley Cyrus, 15, is riding a huge tidal wave at the pinnacle of her career; this is as it should be. I hope she enjoys it. [...] Within three to five years, Miley will have to face adulthood. [...] As she does, she’ll want to change her image, and that change will be met with adversity.”
In June 2009, Cyrus ended her nine-month relationship with model Justin Gaston shortly before flying to Georgia to film The Last Song. While filming later that month, Cyrus began dating her co-star in The Last Song, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth. She later called him her “first serious boyfriend”. In August 2010, it was confirmed that her relationship with Hemsworth had ended. Cyrus and Hemsworth were seen together a month later, and were reportedly back together. It was announced in early November that the couple had split again. They have since rekindled their relationship. At the end of 2009, Billboard magazine ranked Cyrus the fourth best-selling female artist and the fifth best-selling singer overall. Also in 2009, at the age of sixteen, she became the youngest artist to have four number one albums on the charts.
In December 2007, a brief controversy emerged when photos Cyrus had posted on her private MySpace account, depicting her and a female friend sharing a piece of licorice and “almost kissing”, were spread across the internet, prompting rumors of lesbianism. Cyrus comments, “For me, I was like, That’s two girls—it’s not a big deal. But they got spread around. Like someone copied and pasted and said, Omigod, look at this, and blah blah blah.” In April 2008, several provocative images of Cyrus in her underwear and swimsuit were leaked onto the web by a teenager who hacked Cyrus’s Gmail account. Cyrus described the images as “silly, inappropriate shots” and stated, “I am going to make mistakes and I am not perfect. I never intended for any of this to happen and I am truly sorry if I have disappointed anyone.” On April 25, 2008, the televised entertainment program Entertainment Tonight reported that Cyrus, then 15, had posed topless for a photoshoot taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. On April 29, 2008, The New York Times clarified that though the pictures left an impression that she was bare-breasted, Cyrus was wrapped in a bedsheet and was actually not topless. Some parents expressed outrage at the nature of the photograph, which a Disney spokesperson described as “a situation [that] was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines.” Gary Marsh, president of entertainment for Disney Channel Worldwide, was quoted by Portfolio magazine to have said, “For Miley Cyrus to be a ‘good girl’ is now a business decision for her. Parents have invested in her a godliness. If she violates that trust, she won’t get it back.” In response to the Internet circulation of the photo and ensuing media attention, Cyrus released a statement of apology on April 27, 2008: “I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.” Leibovitz also released a statement: “I’m sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted. The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful.” In May 2008, Gossett, Cyrus’s longtime acting agent, left Cunningham Escott Slevin Doherty for United Talent Agency, partially with the hope of “giving Cyrus the major-agency backing that would support a widening career”, according to The Hollywood Reporter. About a year later in June 2009, Cyrus left both Gossett and UTA, which had recently negotiated her deals for The Last Song and the fourth season of Hannah Montana, and joined the Creative Artists Agency, which had already represented her for music. Nikki Finke, who broke the news, reported, “Is this fair to UTA? Of course not. But I hear the decision was made by Miley’s mother Trish [sic] Cyrus”.
Cyrus’s performance of “Party in the U.S.A.” at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards incited a media uproar, with some viewers criticizing Cyrus’s provocative outfit and inclusion of a brief pole dance as inappropriate for her age, then sixteen, and for her young fans. Conversely, Newsday reported that her sexualization “has been coming for some time.” Ian Drew, senior editor of US Weekly, said, “She already has this risque image, so it really wasn’t much of a stretch. That’s how Britney [Spears] took off. She was the good girl gone bad, and it looks to be working for Miley as well.” Cyrus was also criticized that year for dating Gaston, five years her senior, and for a photo displaying Cyrus and friends making “slant-eyed” expressions, which the Organization of Chinese Americans claimed was offensive to the Asian community. Cyrus apologized for the photo on her website, defending her actions and saying, “In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face.” Later in 2010, TMZ released a video of Cyrus, then 16, giving Adam Shankman, producer of The Last Song, a lap dance at the film’s wrap party. Cyrus’s father defended her actions, saying Miley was just “having fun” and that “it’s what people her age do”. Later that year in December, TMZ released a video of Cyrus, which took place five days after her 18th birthday at her Los Angeles home, in which she is seen smoking from a bong. She claimed she was smoking the psychoactive plant salvia divinorum, although this has not been confirmed by anybody but Cyrus herself. Salvia is legal in the state of California, and Cyrus was of legal age at the time the video was shot. Cyrus’s father expressed his sadness regarding the matter on Twitter, saying, “Sorry guys. I had no idea. Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. I’m so sad. There is much beyond my control right now”. In a video obtained by The Daily, taking place at Cyrus’ 19th birthday party at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, Cyrus went to the microphone and addressed the crowd. Immediately after her Bob Marley-themed birthday cake had been brought out, Cyrus said, “You know you’re a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake. You know you smoke way too much f****n’ weed.”One week later, Cyrus’ representative stated that Cyrus was just being a “smart-ass” and that the Bob Marley cake had just been an “inside joke” with Cyrus and her friends, as Cyrus’ friend, Kelly Osbourne had been calling her “Bob Miley” since Cyrus’ 2010 salvia incident.
In 2008, Cyrus earned $25 million, up from her earnings of $18 million in 2007, and was ranked number 35 on Forbes magazine’s “Celebrity 100″ list. Parade magazine reported she was the richest teenage celebrity and that her franchise would be worth approximately $1 billion by the end of the year. In 2009, Forbes ranked her #29 on the Celebrity 100 and reported she had earned a total of $25 million. Then Cyrus got ranked number thirteen on Forbes’ 2010 Celebrity 100 ranking $48 million. From the $48 million she made between June 2009 to June 2010 made her the no. 4 highest earners under 30 and the youngest on the list. between June 2010 and June 2011, Cyrus earned $54 million. From working on Hannah Montana, Cyrus got paid $15,000 per episode she did on the hit show, making her the 6th highest paid child star on television behind fellow Disney stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse and Keke Palmer with $20,000 for their shows. Also, she is behind friend and Disney star Selena Gomez that makes $25,000 per episode of her show, Nick star Miranda Cosgrove with $180,000 per episode of her show, and one time co-star Angus T. Jones that got paid $250,000 for each episode of his show. Though she had not got paid as much as other Disney stars,when she was 17 she was named #19 on the “Top 20 World’s Richest Female Singers Of All Time” list with over $100 million in 5 years active throughout her career, which made her the youngest female artist on the list. In 2011, she was named #1 on the “Top 10 Richest Teens in Hollywood” with $120 million.