Miley Cyrus has been a polarizing figure in the music world for several months now. Conversations about her performance during the MTV Video Music Awards with Robin Thicke or her video for "Wrecking Ball" are inescapable at this point. Her album, Bangerz, finally came out this past Tuesday, and is expected to be the top-selling album in the country. Meanwhile, the MileyCyrusVEVO YouTube channel was the most-watched channel last month.
Some say that she's become a negative influence on today's children. Others say that she's merely expressing herself. Still others have suggested that her new image was the creation of people within the industry in order to make her marketable as she enters adulthood and has to turn the page on her incredibly successful Hannah Montana franchise.
Cyrus got the opportunity to address some of these claims and her current notoriety during a recent interview with Hunger TV. She said that she is surprised by the fact that "Wrecking Ball" still shocks people, and explained that she wants fans to focus on her as an entertainer, and not necessarily as someone who will share intimite details of her personal life.
When asked what it feels like to be the most famous woman in the world right now, Miley said:
"It feels pretty sick. Only because like I said I have been gone for a few years, where I wasn’t doing anything and I wasn’t working. So now it feels like all that work in the studio did pay off. And I had so many times where I had to tell people like, “Yo, just trust me, I’m telling you with this ‘Can’t Stop’ video this is going make people watch” or with ‘Wrecking Ball’ saying, “this is going to make people go crazy.” And once I did ‘Can’t Stop’ that’s when people really started trusting me. At first on paper that video sounded insane, no one understood it and I’m just like, “let me film it and then if it doesn’t work out you never have to trust me again but if it works out you have to let me drive this ship, you know I’m on to something.” And then they call me and they’re like “yo, you’re onto something!”
You know me and Rankin were talking about it. With magazines, with movies, it’s always weird when things are targeted for young people yet they’re driven by people that are like 40 years too old. It can’t be like this 70 year old Jewish man that doesn’t leave his desk all day, telling me what the clubs want to hear. I’m going out, I know what they want to hear. I know when you’re in a club, what makes everyone go crazy and when the time is where everyone’s like “alright I’m going go get a drink." I know when people walk off the dance floor and I know what’s driving it so I’ve got to be the one doing it because they’re just not in on what 20 year olds are doing."
According to Miley, she is in charge of her destiny right now. And if the numbers are any indication, she has guided herself to a successful album campaign.
This is not the first time Miley has made a seemingly disparaging comment based on ageism. Earlier this week, she made Matt Lauer uncomfortable during The Today Show when she said, "I heard when you turn 40 things start to go a little less sexual. So probably around 40, around that time I heard that's when some people don't have sex anymore."
Meanwhile, Miley talks about her collaboration with Britney Spears, "SMS (Bangerz)" at the beginning of the interview.
[via Hunger TV]