If you're wondering what exactly happened between Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, pick up a copy of Bangerz, take one listen, and you will realize who came out on top. Cyrus' powerful beats and lyrics cement where she has been and where she is going as an individual.
Take the song "Drive" for example:
Drive my heart into the night/ You can drop the keys off in the morning/Cause I don't want to leave home, without your love/Without it
Or, "Maybe You're Right":
Chapter one we started happy/The second that you said you loved me /Started crushing in our heads/Are we really in love? /Trying to figure out chapter three /But you're not giving me anything/ "This what we are"/ Then I gotta move on
It's hard not to think of Miley's recent breakup with Liam Hemsworth hearing lyrics like these, as Cyrus has said their relationship was on the rocks long before the end of their engagement was announced, also during the time she was writing this album.
Everyone has been talking about this "transition" that Cyrus has made. Clearly none of these same people ever listened to 2010's Can't Be Tamed, where Miley most definitely broke out of her shell and came more into her own with tunes like "Two More Lonely People" and "Who Owns My Heart." The only difference is that no one was talking about Miley then.
According to the entertainment magazine Bustle, when Madonna banged against the VMA stage in a wedding dress back in 1984, "Like a Virgin" sold 21 million copies worldwide. With the amount of press in this age of social media, it's safe to say that Cyrus' album sales will be insane. Bangerz shot to #1 on iTunes by the midnight release Tuesday morning.Not only is Bangerz solidly produced by Mike Will Made It, Miley has found a way to promote herself with a "bang." Cyrus even tweeted today, "Timing is EVERYTHING."
Bangerz is pure pop bliss. Miley Cyrus shines, collaborating with rappers Nelly and Ludacris, and Big Sean across tracks. Miley even mirrors a Michael Jackson-esque sound while singing "On My Own." The vocals in "My Darlin'" featuring Future make Cyrus sound like she has been in the music business longer than she's been alive. Miley even sings about sex, seemingly her "first time" in the track #GETITRIGHT with provocative lyrics:
I been laying in this bed all night long/ Don't you think it's time to get it on/ But we gotta get it right, we can't get it wrong/ Don't you want to feel this fire before it's gone
While talking to Matt Lauer on the Today Show Monday, Cyrus related, "This is what I was born to do." Bangerz certainly is a testament to the fact that Cyrus was born to inspire and entertain us all in one way or another. The most interesting outcome on the journey to the release of this album is that through hardship and ridiculousness Miley Cyrus has ended up being taken more seriously as an artist.
Stay tuned for updates on album sales and more!