Actress/singer Miley Cyrus, daughter of ’90s country star Billy Ray Cyrus, achieved early fame as the star of Disney’s Hannah Montana series and went on to become a hugely successful pop artist.
Born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, famed actress/singer Miley Cyrus is the daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus. She began acting at a young age, appearing on her father’s television series, Doc, and in Tim Burton’s Big Fish. In 2004, Cyrus landed the starring role on Disney’s hit show Hannah Montana. Since then, she’s starred in films like The Last Song (2010); released several successful albums, including Breakout (2008), Can’t Be Tamed (2010) and Bangerz (2013); and become known for hits like “Party in the U.S.A.” and “We Can’t Stop.”
In 2007, Cyrus’s double album, Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus, launched a tour: “Best of Both Worlds.” The concert series sold out in record time, and the show was extended by 14 dates to help placate disappointed fans. Her successful 3-D concert film collected $31.3 million during its opening weekend in February 2008. Cyrus reportedly earned $18.2 million in 2007.
In recent years, Cyrus has sought to distance herself from her Hannah Montana persona. She cut her hair short and took to wearing edgy fashions as part of her effort to craft a new image of herself. But no one was quite prepared for how far she would go. At the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony held in August 2013, Cyrus stunned the audience with her lewd and raunchy performance of her latest single, “We Can’t Stop.” But the controversy stirred up by this stunningly explicit appearance seemed to bolster sales of Cyrus’s fourth studio album, Bangerz, released in early October 2013.