Name: Miley Ray Cyrus, a.k.a Miley Cyrus
Label: Hollywood, RCA
Short Biography: Born November 1992, Miley Ray Cyrus is an American actress and recording artist, but is more well-known in her works for Hannah Montana in 2006 on the Disney channel before releasing her debut album a year later with Hollywood Records, which would go on to sell over 4 million copies in the US and over 5 million worldwide. Soon, Cyrus then went on to release her next few albums before her breakthrough came in the form of a motion picture, in which The Climb soon established her fame.
Now there's a reason I've decided to talk about Miley Cyrus as a first artist, considering she stole 2013 herself by storm with her publicity stunts, which all were directly aimed at parachuting her fourth studio album, Bangerz, to the top of the charts (leading with almost 150,000 units sold during the first week and came in front of Panic! At The Disco's Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die at number 1). However, it seemed nobody really cared about what Miley's antics were, and whether or not if they were important to anybody else or her fans, which were particularly enraged with the distorted figure that happened when she transitioned from an innocent young Cyrus, to the one that came wrecking out of her closet a few months before.
Recent Release: Bangerz, full-length fourth studio album under Hollywood Records
To deny Miley spotlight seemed unfair, considering We Can't Stop and Wrecking Ball were both a commercial success while the album itself was a sluggish mess. Bangerz was one of the albums that was in-between and all over the place at the same time. With the talk and publicity, along with the collaborations on the record (plus We Can't Stop as a lead single), I had a mini-nightmare going into it with what happened at the VMAs with Robin Thicke and then being in the news ever since then. Now, I won't hold her credit as Bangerz does contain some decent tracks, but it's the negatives drawn from before that made us think of what the album was supposed to be. Songs like My Darlin', SMS and Love Money Party are just a mess. Wrecking Ball, FU and Maybe You're Right is probably what made me think that Miley still has potential. The album itself is not Grammy material (let's face it), and it probably never will be with some content that doesn't feel fresh nor exciting. The next single apparently is Get It Right (or stylized #GETITRIGHT), which I thought was probably a tier-quality higher in production than the other songs on Bangerz. I have a feeling it could creep up on the Hot 100's top ten, but since it's Miley Cyrus, anything can happen. Let's move on to another category that I would want to talk about.
The Prior Years:
It seems that people have forgotten Miley's potential in the vocal department, but songs like Ashtrays and Heartbreaks featured on Snoop Lion's album was amazing. Yes it may not feel as good, but it is almost 90%, if not 95% better than what the whole of Bangerz had to offer. It felt that she put in more effort than the rest, and the song itself was also in 2013, which leads me to wonder, is Miley Cyrus's ability beginning to wane? Of course The Climb, Party In The U.S.A and When I Look At You are considered highlights and the peak of Miley's career, it just feels that she's unable to produce such tracks anymore. While she deserves the right to transition herself into anything she wants, I suppose fans still want something that Miley is able to do and clearly is capable of doing, rather than a dismal attempt at emulating the past which has been a thing long gone.
The Long Road Ahead:
While it may seem foggy ahead, Miley's future doesn't seem to be much daunting anyway. With a large fan-base that is ever so supportive, I would feel that an album with a much better lead single than We Can't Stop is going to get me to think that Miley's talent is finally abused and strikes as the nail in the coffin for both haters and the discontented audience, because she is capable of more than what half of Bangerz's attempts no matter what. I'm hopeful, but this is going to take a while.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.