Miley Cyrus could possibly be confused as to who her real audience is. For whom is Miley Cyrus singing these days? Much of the public would say that the Miley Cyrus machine went into overdrive and overtime to break her of the wholesome Disney image Hannah Montana. From singing squeaky clean choruses for grade school girls to smile and sing along to riding a gigantic hot dog in “booty” shorts smoking a huge blunt, many would say the reinvention of her image was overnight and quite drastic. With spiraling concert ticket sales and less than stellar reviews, it is possible Miley Cyrus fans are confused as to who the artist is, was, or is becoming.
According to Forbes, the anticipated Miley Cyrus Bangerz tour tickets softened from $225 to $182 with many empty seats. The report goes onto to say back in August of 2013 when the 21-year-old star stayed in the news with her sexual antics, nude photos, and weed smoking on stage at the Video Music Awards, her name remained in Google trends and peaked daily. Searches for her name have reportedly dropped 80% along with attendance to her 38 city concert tour. Some would say the Bangerz tour was up against the One Direction mania which has had to add concert dates to accommodate the demands of screaming teenage fans. The boy band ticket sales reportedly have gone beyond the original face price and not an empty seat in the house. The London based heart-throb boy band consists of five young men under the age of 30 who croon hits such as What Makes You Beautiful and Kiss You. Their lyrics and stage performance satisfies their broad fan base. The Bangerz tour cannot say the same.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that many of the parents buying tickets for their grade school daughters to see their idol have flooded Miley Cyrus’s management and record executives with complaints. The R-rated stage performance (possibly borderline x-rated) can be seen by many as a bit too risqué for a nine-year-old to process, as it is a far cry from a Hannah Montana PG-13 Disney comedy. A parent now has to explain the live performance of a twerking Miley Cyrus simulating oral sex on a strange man wearing a Bill Clinton mask. Many parents do not know where to begin to explain the lyrics to FU. Reportedly parents have hit the internet trying to sell their Miley Cyrus concert tickets on eBay or demanding refunds. Though the publicity machine behind Miley Cyrus successfully yelled to the world that the pop star is no longer a Disney creation, some of her devout long time followers did not get the memo that Hannah Montana was completely buried tombstone and all. Much of her fan base are possibly confused – for whom is Miley Cyrus singing anyway?
It is unrealistic to think that Miley Cyrus would remain a wholesome teenager forever. Much of the public has watched her grow up right before their eyes. She is a young 21-year-old woman who has been in love and almost married to famed actor Liam Hemsworth. Reported in the New York Daily News, she is now allegedly romantically involved with actor Jared Leto who is 21 years Miley’s senior. She has seen more parts of the world with a healthy bank account larger than most twice her age. She has loved and lost, worked hard from childhood to bring income to her family, traveled continents, and made huge career decisions. To most this describes a well-rounded, very accomplished woman who deserves respect for her tenacity and achievement. Many miss or have forgotten that this successful young woman has the voice of an angel. Maybe the straddling and licking of a wrecking ball confuses the image of a songstress. Miley Cyrus’s publicity machine and image consultants earned their pay transforming her into an over exposed show that allegedly no one wants to pay to see anymore. In Hollywood sex sells until someone sexier comes along. Miley Cyrus has reinvented herself to possibly compete with Beyonce, Rhianna and Lady GaGa. But, there is one element Miley Cyrus might be forgetting, which these sex symbol icons have mastered: they continue to actually sing for their fans. Miley Cyrus received over 25 million hits to a video performance of a Dolly Parton cover Jolene where her fans got to enjoy what they fell in love with years ago – her voice. So, the question becomes, “for whom is Miley Cyrus singing?” Despite reinventing herself with nudity and sexual acts, maybe one day she will get back to the basics – her raw talent.
Editorial by Meleika Gardner