Miley Cyrus

Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American actress and pop singer. She achieved wide fame for her role as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana. Cyrus recorded music for the soundtracks, Hannah Montana (2006) and Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), released by Walt Disney Records. With the success of the Hannah Montana franchise she established herself as a teen idol. In 2007, Cyrus signed to Hollywood Records to pursue a solo career. She went on the Best of Both Worlds Tour the same year, in which she performed as both herself and in character as Hannah Montana. The tour was eventually turned into a high-grossing concert film entitled Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008). In July 2008, Cyrus released her first solo album, Breakout (2008), which was commercially successful.

She began her foray into film by providing the voice of “Penny” in the animated film Bolt (2008). Cyrus earned a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for her performance of Bolt‘s theme song, “I Thought I Lost You”. She also reprised her role as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana in Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009). The Hannah Montana: The Movie‘ soundtrack introduced her to new audiences within country and adult contemporary markets.

She began to cultivate an adult image in 2009 with the release of The Time of Our Lives (2009), an extended play which presented a more mainstream pop sound, and by filming The Last Song (2010), a coming-of-age drama film. The former included Cyrus’s best-selling single, “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009). A studio album titled Can’t Be Tamed was released in 2010 and presents a new dance-pop sound. The music video and lyrics of the album’s lead single, “Can’t Be Tamed”, portrays a more sexualized image for the entertainer. Cyrus ranked number thirteen on Forbes‘ 2010 Celebrity 100.

Early Life

Cyrus was born on November 23, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee to Leticia “Tish” (née Finley) and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.[4] 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.[5] Cyrus suffers from a mild heart condition causing tachycardia which, though not dangerous, is often bothersome.[6]

Against the wishes of her father’s record company, Cyrus’s parents secretly married a month after Cyrus’s birth on December 28, 1992.[7] Tish had two children from a previous relationship: Trace and Brandi. Billy Ray adopted Trace and Brandi when they were young.[8] 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.[7] Tish and Billy Ray had two more children, Braison and Noah. Cyrus’s godmother is entertainer Dolly Parton.[9] Cyrus was very close to her paternal grandfather, Democratic politician Ronald Ray Cyrus.[10] Cyrus has paid her grandfather several tributes since his death in 2006, including eventually changing her middle name to “Ray”.[11] 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.”[6]

Cyrus grew up on a 500-acre (2.0 km2) farm in Franklin, Tennessee, approximately an hour away from Nashville,[12] and attended Heritage Elementary School.[13] 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.[14] Cyrus would not seriously consider acting until she was eight. Several of Cyrus’s siblings also eventually entered the entertainment business: Trace became a vocalist and guitarist for the electronic pop band Metro Station,[15] 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.[17] 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.”[18] She began taking singing and acting classes at the Armstrong Acting Studio in Toronto.[19] In her first role, Cyrus played a girl named Kylie on Doc.[5] In 2003, Cyrus was credited under her birth name for her role as “Young Ruthie” in Tim Burton’s Big Fish.[20]

At age 11, Cyrus learned about the casting for what became Hannah Montana, a Disney Channel children’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”.[1] After sending in a new tape and flying to Hollywood for further auditions,[21] Cyrus was told that she was too young and too small for the part.[21][22] 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.[21]

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.[23][24] 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.”[25] According to trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter, Parton’s advice was “the best advice [Tish] could [have gotten] on who should rep her daughter.”[25] 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.[25] For her education, Cyrus enrolled at Options for Youth Charter Schools[26] and studied with a private tutor on the set of her television show.[

Image & Personal Life

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.[90] 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.[91] 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.”[92] Estimates for a picture of the then-15 year old’s first kiss ranged from $30,000 to $150,000.[92] 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.”[92] 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.”[93]

Cyrus celebrated her 16th birthday at Disneyland with a charity fundraiser for Youth Service America, a youth volunteer service organization.[94][95][96]

At the end of 2009, Billboard magazine ranked Cyrus the fourth best-selling female artist[97] and the fifth best-selling singer overall.[98] Forbes ranked her #29 on the Celebrity 100 and reported she had earned a total of $25 million.[99]

On October 8, 2009, Cyrus deleted her account on the social networking site Twitter, citing a desire for more privacy. She also told Parade magazine, “I deleted my Twitter account because I said on there that I believed in gay marriage because everyone should have the right to love each other, and I got such hate mail about my being a bad person.”[100][101] Cyrus was very popular on the site: her account was watched by approximately 2 million Twitter users in addition to the general public at the time of deletion.[102][103]

On October 26, 2010, less than a month before Cyrus’s eighteenth birthday, her father Billy Ray Cyrus filed for divorce from her mother in Tennessee, citing irreconcilable differences.[104] In a statement made to People the next day announcing the split, the couple said, “As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family… We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”[105]

Controversies

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, were spread across the internet. “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,” said Cyrus.[106]

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.[107][108][109][110] 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.”[111][112] 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.[113] 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.[114] 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.”[114] 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.”[114] 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.”[114][115]

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.[25][116] 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.[117] 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”.[118]

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.[119][120] 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.”[121] Cyrus was also criticized that year for dating Gaston, five years her senior,[122] 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.[123] 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.”[124]

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.[125][126][127] Cyrus’s father defended her actions, saying Miley was just “having fun” and that “it’s what people her age do”.[128] 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.[129][130][131] 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. Im so sad. There is much beyond my control right now”.

Relationships

Cyrus told Seventeen magazine that she and Nick Jonas had dated for two years and “were in love”, but were “fighting a lot” by the end.[134] After the break-up, Cyrus says that she initially “rebell[ed] against everything Nick wanted me to be. And then I was like, I’ve got to be by myself for now, and just figure out who I really am.”[134] 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.

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.

Miley Cyrus
Background information
Birth name Destiny Hope Cyrus
Born November 23, 1992 (1992-11-23) (age 18)
Origin Nashville, Tennessee,
United States[1]
Genres Pop,[2] pop rock, teen pop, country pop, electropop, dance pop
Occupations Actress, author, entrepreneur, fashion designer, singer, songwriter, musician, dancer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2001–present
Labels Hollywood, Fascination (UK), Avex (Japan)
Associated acts Jonas Brothers, Billy Ray Cyrus
Website mileycyrus.com
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jamie Lynn Spears
for Zoey 101
Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress
2007, 2008
for Hannah Montana
Succeeded by
Selena Gomez
for Wizards of Waverly Place
Preceded by
America Ferrera
for Ugly Betty
Teen Choice Awards TV Actress Comedy
2007, 2008
for Hannah Montana
Incumbent
Preceded by
Fergie
Teen Choice Awards Music Female Star
2008
Preceded by
Christa B. Allen
for Cake
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress
2008
for Hannah Montana
Preceded by
Beyoncé Knowles
Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Female Singer
2008, 2009
Preceded by
Ashley Tisdale
for The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
UK Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star
2008
Miley Cyrus
Discography ·Awards and nominations ·Songs
Studio albums
Meet Miley Cyrus ·Breakout ·Can’t Be Tamed
EPs
The Time of Our Lives
Live albums
Best of Both Worlds Concert
Tours
Best of Both Worlds Tour ·Wonder World Tour
Related
Hannah Montana discography ·Miley Stewart ·Miles to Go
Miley Cyrus singles
Discography ·Awards and nominations ·Songs
Meet Miley Cyrus
“See You Again” ·  “Start All Over”
Breakout
“7 Things” ·  “Fly on the Wall”
Hannah Montana: The Movie
“The Climb”
The Time of Our Lives
“Party in the U.S.A.” ·  “When I Look at You”
Can’t Be Tamed
“Can’t Be Tamed” ·  “Who Owns My Heart”
Featured singles
“Ready, Set, Don’t Go” ·  “Just Stand Up!” ·  “Send It On” ·  “Everybody Hurts” ·  “We Are the World 25 for Haiti” ·  “Nothing to Lose”
Other songs “I Miss You” ·  “Breakout” ·  “I Thought I Lost You” ·  “Hoedown Throwdown” ·  “Butterfly Fly Away”
Albums Lyrics
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Comments
  1. desert_mind says:

    Miley is my one of favourite,
    even she sings great.

  2. Rafayel Indera says:

    Mind blowing performance she does everywhere.
    I just love her with her songs.

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