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Single Review: Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’

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It’s hard to just listen to Wrecking Ball. First there’s the accompanying video with hammer licking, naked Miley, who also rocks a tighty whities/singlet combo which makes her looks so, so young (and also makes it difficult to watch the series of creepy angle shots encroach on her… ahem…personal space). Then there’s the barrage of memes that came from the video, like the hilarious Nicholas Cage face one, or the one where Miley sits on her father, Billy Ray Cyrus’ head.

Wrecking-ball-cover350x350But if you close your eyes (and your memory) and listen to the song, it’s old Miley through and through. It’s The Climb, it’s Every Rose Has Its Thorn and it’s When I Look At You. It’s emotive, it’s pained and its good old fashioned storytelling.

From what I can tell she’s using her new reputation and “showmanship” to raise her popularity, cleverly making what would have been a song relished only by teenagers, into a song which had 19.3 million views in the 24 hours after it premiered and over 100 million views in a week.

It’s not the way I would have done it, but the 20-year-old seems to be pretty happy with this tactic. Cyrus told MTV that she wanted to make history with her twitter-breaking VMA performance, and she’s still riding that wave, all the way to the bank.