Entertainment News: Miley Cyrus In, Britney Spears Out

October 19, 2007 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Britney Spears Sleepwalks Through Her September VMA AppearanceBritney Spears has problems. . .lots of problems. One which seems not to have dawned on the aging pop tart is Miley Cyrus, a.k.a. Hannah Montana. While Britney’s disturbed diva behavior this summer and fall has included: running over a photographer’s foot and not bothering to get out of her car to see if he was all right; losing custody of her children; losing visitation rights with her children; driving without a valid California driver’s license; getting booked for a hit-and-run; shaving her head bald; and apparently failing to budget for underwear since she’s often photographed without it, the pièce de résistance was, of course, her 9 September appearance at the 2007 VMA awards, in what was heralded as a “comeback.” Her song was ironically entitled “Gimme More.” This was a case where less would have definitely been more.

Miley Cyrus, Rising Pop Star, AKA Hannah MontanaCompare and contrast Brit-Brit’s strung-out stripper appearance with that of new pop-rock sensation, Miley Cyrus, whose teenaged fan base has exploded. The fresh-faced 14-year-old stars in the Emmy-nominated Hannah Montana children’s show which debuted on the Disney Channel in March 2006. The show’s premise is well, hokey, and involves a country girl named Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) who, akin to Superman, has a double life: schoolgirl by day and Malibu-based famous pop singer by night. ’Tweens and teenagers are eating it up.


Miley Cyrus Concert in St. Louis, MissouriAnd, she can sing. Yesterday, she began the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus “Best of Both Worlds” concert tour in St. Louis, Missouri, part of a 54-date gig which culminates on 9 January 2008 in Albany, New York. Tickets sold out everywhere, instantly, and have been priced as high as $2,500.00 by scalpers ticket agencies. In fact, Cyrus ticket demand in St. Louis was compared to Beatlemania. Hers were the most sought-after tickets nationwide in the past several days, eclipsing demand for tickets to see proven acts like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Céline Dion and Neil Young.

Country Western Singer Billy Ray Cyrus and His Famous Daughter, Miley Cyrus of Hannah Montana FameIn fact, Disney, with shows featuring the wholesome Miley Cyrus and “The Cheetah Girls 2,” has become prime time’s most-watched cable TV channel, overtaking its traditional rival, Nickelodeon. Disney has developed a clever multi-level approach to promoting its young new stars: the musicians appear on the Disney Channel and record for Disney Music. Radio Disney plays their songs. Movies are anticipated, with a “Hannah Montana” movie already in development. Altogether, Disney Channel sound tracks have sold almost 20 million albums in 2006 and 2007. . .without having to go the usual Top 40 promotional route. Miley’s first album, Meet Miley Cyrus,” released on 26 June, debuted at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. It went platinum after one whole week. Relieved parents like Miley as well, because of her normal schoolgirl persona. Unless and until Miley develops the goddess complex which seems to go hand-in-hand with young rock musicians and actresses, she’s a nice change from the substance-abuse afflicted Hollyweird crowd.

Britney who?

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Photo credits: Disney Channels, Getty and Laurie Skrivan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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