On the Artists in Focus blog, we love to feature some of the biggest names in music in the 21st century, and today is no exception. Miley Cyrus, we’re looking at you!

Hannah and Miley

We all know about the incredible singer, songwriter and actress that is Miley Cyrus. She has been in the public eye for a long time, since her job with Disney as Hannah Montana. To say that Hannah Montana was loved would be a huge understatement! She was 100% teen idol status and many young people looked up to her. As this young character, Miley was the first act under the Walt Disney Company to have deals across TV, music, film and consumer products – wild!

Being Hannah was certainly a solid foundation (and fanbase!) for Miley’s future career. After bagging two number one and three top five soundtracks as the character, Miley wanted to move on and start making music under her own brand. Rather cleverly, Miley released a two-disc album, Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), the first of which was a collection of Hannah songs, and the second, Miley’s debut album of her own. This double whammy album was every Hannah fan’s dream and it sold millions of copies!

She went on to promote the album with a tour called Best of Both Worlds, which Ticketmaster officials were blown away by, saying that they’d never seen such excitement and demand since The Beatles or Elvis. That is quite the compliment for Miss Cyrus! In 2009, Miley went on to become the youngest artist in history to have had four number one albums, at the tender age of 16.

Fun fact: Miley was actually named Destiny Hope at birth, but was nicknamed Smiley from early on (literally because she was a very smiley child) which was then shortened to Miley!

Miley Takes Over

The Miley Cyrus discography certainly did not stop there. She has released multiple albums that have shot to number one and loads that have reached the top five, amongst a load of chart-topping singles like “The Climb”, “Party in the U.S.A” and “Wrecking Ball”.

Both “The Climb” and “Wrecking Ball” can be found in the RSL recommended wider repertoire lists, and we love how often we see these two songs crop up in the exam room. What’s not to love about singing a bit of Miley?!

Miley has always shifted and adapted her image over the years and this has always been a topic of conversation in the media. Being in the public eye from such a young age, the world has seen Miley Cyrus grow up and many of her decisions have been deemed controversial. It seemed as though the whole world wanted to keep her as Miley the “wholesome teen idol”, but she continued to keep expressing herself in any way that she felt was right. Power to you, Miley!

Miley has also become a huge advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. She came out to her mum at the age of 14 as pansexual, saying that she is ready to love anyone that loves her for who she is. Then in 2015 it was reported that Miley was gender fluid, and doesn’t really relate to being a boy or girl. She had to defend her queerness multiple times when she was married to a man.

Having such an open, honest and fierce role model as Miley is something that has helped so many young LGBTQ+ people, and Miley continues this advocacy with her Happy Hippie Foundation, which works to “fight injustive facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations”. We can firmly say that Miley is a QUEEN!

If you’ve enjoyed reading about Miss Miley Cyrus today then do be sure to check out some more LGBTQ+ pop sensations on our Artists in Focus blog, including Sam Smith, Kaki King, Lady Gaga and Elton John!