Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus became an overnight sensation in 2006 as the lead of the Disney Channel television series "Hannah Montana," but as the years went on, she established herself as a pop star in her own right. This wasn’t the first time the Cyrus family experienced overnight popularity. Miley's father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, experienced a similar thing when his hit "Achy Breaky Heart" hit the radio in 1992, the same year Destiny Hope was born. Destiny's cheerful disposition as a child earned her the nickname Smiley, which stuck when it was shortened to Miley.

In 2005, Miley was cast in the title role of "Hannah Montana," in which she played a teenage girl leading a double life; by day, she was Miley Stewart, an ordinary kid, while at night she donned a wig and became Hannah Montana, a multi-platinum pop star. After debuting in March 2006, "Hannah Montana" became an immediate success with young viewers and led to the release of a soundtrack CD.

That fall, Miley hit the road as the opening act for another Disney-spawned pop act, the Cheetah Girls. A reissue of the "Hannah Montana" album followed in March 2007, not long after the show's theme song, "The Best of Both Worlds," was released as a single. A second Hannah Montana record, "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus," was released in summer 2007. That fall, Miley embarked on the Best of Both Worlds tour, which stretched into early 2008 and was edited into "The Best of Both Worlds Concert" film, which was released that spring. By then, Miley was busy recording "Breakout," her first full-fledged album as herself, as well as shooting "Hannah Montana: The Movie," which was slated for release the following year.

"Breakout" arrived in summer 2008. It topped the Billboard charts and quickly went platinum. "Hannah Montana: The Movie" was released that March and peaked at number one, while the soundtrack's lead single -- a country-pop ballad called "The Climb" -- became one of the year's most omnipresent songs, giving Miley her first multi-platinum hit. A short album, "The Time of Our Lives," arrived several months later and yielded another hit with "Party in the USA," which charted inside the Billboard Top Ten for 16 weeks. In 2010 "The Last Song" hit theaters. With acting taking on a large role in her life, Cyrus announced her decision to take a hiatus from music, but not before the release of her third album, "Can't Be Tamed," which appeared that summer.

After making a number of television appearances and appearing in the films "LOL" and "So Undercover," Cyrus decided to return to music, choosing to go in a more grown-up direction by enlisting a number of popular rap producers, including Pharrell Williams. The resulting effort, entitled "Bangerz," combined crunky beats with synth pop, electro, and stadium rock tropes. Released in October 2013, it was promoted by Cyrus with a controversial twerking performance at the MTV VMAs, which seemed to get the whole world talking about her.

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