In CNN’s ‘The Life of Miley Cyrus,’ which examines Miley‘s music, message and personal journey, insiders who’ve intimately come to know the singer/actress say that her transition from a childhood of ATVs and cheerleading to adult superstardom was no accident. Instead, Cyrus has executed her transformation with total control.
Hollywood Reporter: ‘A lot of credit for her own street smarts and her own understanding of what consumers want. There was a time when people thought Miley Cyrus would never be on Top 40 radio, because Disney was too squeaky clean. Well .. she’s certainly turned that around.’
Hannah Montana producer: ‘The thing that makes you wonder, ‘What’s she gonna do next,?’ I’ve been asking that about her since the day I met her. When auditioning she was the least likely person to get this job. There was something about her that was so alive and so fearless, and that’s what we all talked about in the room. That’s part of who she is. And it’s part of, as an artist, what she probably needs to be. It means that she’s going to, at times, make mistakes. But I think she’s strong enough to get through it all and come out the other side.
The things that we see that seem crazy are very calculatedly crazy. Pharrell (Williams) phrased it in a very long text message that he wrote to her: ‘You’re not a train wreck, you’re the train pulling everyone else along.’ (Cyrus) seems to be totally together and with it and knows exactly what’s going on.
That requires a great deal of planning to say, ‘Here we are in 2007, by 2010-2011, we want to be on top 40 radio. It takes four years to develop an artist like that. And that’s what we’ve seen. We’ve seen her development. And it’s not an accident; it is very strategic.’
Billy Ray on MTV VMAs: ‘She’s a very smart young lady. She wanted to shake things up a little bit and mission accomplished. She [did] a great deal of preparation and financial investment. All those bears and things she was going out of pocket for to make that stage great. She said she wanted people to be talking.’