Miley on Billboard‘s new cover! E! Exec. Producer said: ‘I’m surprised it shocks people anymore. It’s an inevitable part of growing up Disney. It’s a formula, from what I’ve seen from past stars: Disney makes you a star, you make them an enormous amount of money, and then you either crash and burn or you go out and stake your claim in the real world.’ On her producer:
‘I call Antonina ‘Mommy’ because she’s my second mom. No one could ever understand the relationship we have. I’ve been working with her for four years and every day I go into the studio and we just sit around and eat cupcakes and talk and I tell her everything about my life. I think that’s why we make good music together.’ On music: ‘I listen to zero pop music,
Which is really weird for someone who makes pop music. My 13-year-old self would have beaten up my 17-year-old self because she would be like, ‘You’re a sellout!’ But that’s not what it is. It’s not dance music that’s just about, ‘Ooh, I’m in the club and everyone’s looking at me.’ It means something. I’m not just sitting here trying to sell glitz and glamour.. because no one lives that life.
A lot of [pop] songs are super shallow, but this music isn’t. With anything-the clothes I wear or the way I want to look-I don’t plan it. Even with the video I had the treatment, but beyond that, it was whatever comes. We didn’t have all the choreography set in stone because I didn’t want it to end up looking fake and polished. Everything in life has to come naturally or I feel like it’s been done.’
Rick Ross on Miley’s transition: The challenge is: How do these pop teen idols mature without alienating their fans-those that supported you on the way up, including the parents, who often shelled out the dough for the music and the concerts? Miley is in good company.
After Britney [Spears] appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in the infamous hot pants that created a boycott of her music and the release of ‘I’m a Slave 4 U,’ she took a tremendous amount of heat. But as long as the audience perceives that the artist is in control of their image, they’re likely to be more forgiving.
With Christina [Aguilera], when she put out ‘Dirrty,’ that also created a media storm, but she reeled it back in when she reinvented herself with the torch songs and the ballads.’