Miley Cyrus

Sinead O’Connor Writes Miley Cyrus the Best Tough-Love Letter of All Time

Sinead O'Connor is a woman who knows controversy, and in one of the best-written open letters in recent memory, she wants Miley Cyrus to know that twerking your way into the headlines isn't a form of protest; it's just a way to "let the music business make a prostitute of you." O'Connor's letter was a reaction to Cyrus citing 1990's "Nothing Compares 2 U" as an inspiration for her "Wrecking Ball" video, along with Cyrus saying her hairstyle was an homage to O'Connor. Instead of being flattered, O'Connor fired back with a blistering (but clearly well-intentioned) missive on how Cyrus is being fooled and exploited by the music industry: The music business doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone. UPDATE: Cyrus has responded on Twitter, mocking O'Connor for not exactly being a role model herself and pointing out the fact she's hosting SNL this week: Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week. — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013 So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :) — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013 Also, Amanda Palmer has written a rebuttal to O'Connor, saying that Cyrus isn't a record label puppet. "She's writing the plot and signing the checks." If you haven't read O'Connor's letter in its entirety, be sure to check it out below:

This Spoof of Miley’s Wrecking Ball Is Quite Vivid

Has a music artist ever has as big of a social media response, and in particular inspired such a wealth of YouTube response videos in such a short burst of time as Miley Cyrus?

Nude Miley Does Nearly 20 Million Views in 1 Day

Miley Cyrus practically made Vevo's servers blush. The twerking songstress debuted her latest video Wrecking Ball on Vevo yesterday. Just 24 hours later, the clip, in which a nude Cyrus straddles a ball and chain and smooches a sledgehammer, had delivered 19.3 million views—a new Vevo record.

Miley’s Twerking Won’t Stop Driving Video Views

The VMAs are two weeks old, but the impact of Miley Cyrus' titillating twerking session continues to be felt.

VEVO Reports 44 Billion Views During the 1st Half of 2013

VEVO celebrated a number of records this year, including a 24-hour viewership benchmark for Miley Cyrus (10.7 million in a 24-hour period for the “We Can’t Stop” video) that was broken a few weeks later by One Direction, whose video for “Best Song Ever” scared up 12.3 million views in one day.

Miley’s Twerking Dominates YouTube

Miley Cyrus' twerking episode sure got the world's attention, with everyone from Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski to

Cable’s Live Events Are Paying Off Big-Time This Summer

If you were teetering over the Grand Canyon, grinding your butt on Robin Thicke or just dueting with Charlie Wilson, you were everywhere advertisers wanted to be this summer.

Here’s How to Twerk, in Case You Had to Google It

So perhaps you are a bit on the mature side, and haven't hit a club in a while. But you heard about Miley and "twerking" and you didn't want to look dumb. And maybe you found yourself sheepishly Googling the term, and are still a bit confused.

Twerking the Hand That Feeds You: Beats Tees Off on Miley Cyrus

"Will somebody please feed Miley Cyrus?" That's the request from one anthropomorphized Beats Pill speaker to another in the commercial below, which aired Sunday on MTV after the pop singer's controversial performance on the Video Music Awards. To which the other speaker opines: "Don't you need ass to twerk?" Actually, Beats, feeding Miley would be your job. First off, hat tip to sci-fi writer Tim Maughan for pointing out the Miley-mocking video on the Beats page. The brand is involved with plenty of pop and hip-hop stars at the moment, but the confluence of Miley and Robin Thicke at the VMAs was a branding bonanza for the electronics maker. Beats Electronics is, of course, the brainchild of rapper and producer Dre, whose Beats by Dre headphones have been a huge success. The company's next big thing is a wireless speaker called the Beats Pill, voiced in commercials by Eminem, Chris Rock and (it sounds like, at least) Tichina Arnold from Fox's late, lamented Everybody Hates Chris. The speakers have been prominently featured in music videos, notably Miley's, and Thicke starred in a full-blown RadioShack ad for them with his accessories—I'm sorry, backup dancers—using the speakers to do more or less everything except speak.  Anyway, on Sunday, Miley and Robin got down and dirty on stage in a way that offended millions of people who were doubtless being forced at gunpoint to endure the spectacle. Beats, meanwhile, was ready—like, really, really ready (thanks to the digital wizards at Framestore)—to whip up a video showing two Pills asking where "all the thick girls" have gone while watching clips from Thicke's video and then suggesting Miley should have more material to twerk with. "Somewhere, Sir Mix-A-Lot is crying his eyes out," says one. This actually wasn't the only time Beats teed off on a pop star during the show. It also found time to make fun of Katy Perry (who doesn't appear to be sponsored by the company) in a video with Barclays Center seats visible behind the two big-mouthed little speaker dudes. And Dre protege Eminem announced a new album at the VMAs, which Beats immediately promoted with a 30-second clip from the rapper's new single. Check out all three videos below. It was a well-orchestrated campaign of pop-culture mockery—as well as pop-culture sponsorship, individual-artist sponsorship, cross-platform synergy, album promotion. So, y'know, don't confuse it with satire. Here's a question: When, during the VMAs, weren't you watching an ad? Yeah, we're going to go with "never," too.

Miley’s Moves Seduce 10 Million Viewers for the VMAs, Up 47 Percent in the Demo

Sneer all you want at Miley's crotch-thrusting antics with Robin Thicke (for the four of you who weren't watching, see the entire Ron English-ish fever dream below)—the VMA's were outrageous enough to nab 10.1 million total viewers and a 7.8 rating among people 12-34 (the network's target demo).