Saturday, May 18, 2024

Miley Cyrus Career Suicide at 24? New Album Sells Just 33K Copies, Four Years After Mega Hit Opened with 270K


Miley Cyrus? She’s still just 24 years old. Four years ago, in October 2013, she sold 270,000 copies in her debut week of the “Bangerz” album. The album had hit singles “We Can’t Stop”
and “Wrecking Ball.” Two months earlier she’d twerked with Robin Thicke on the MTV Video Music Awards. Her Hannah Montana persona was gone.

This past Friday, Miley released her first official studio album since “Bangerz.” “Younger Now” sold 33.500 copies on CD and paid download. If you add in streaming, she sold another 14,000 copies. Basically, “Younger Now” is DOA.

Cyrus went from rated R– a hard R– to rated G– in just four years. Well, one year really since the “Bangerz” period went on for three years. She smoked pot, posed naked for lots of photos, announced she was sexually fluid, broke up with her movie star fiance, Liam Hemsworth. She released a free album of experimental music, too. It was an early 20s free fall.

But now Miley is back, doing a severe 180 degree turn in the last few months. She’s back with Liam, singing with Dolly Parton, touring with her father. She may be “younger now” but Miley has also banged up her recording career. It’s not that she’s no good– she has an amazing voice. But the actual 1 million people who bought “Bangerz” are gone. What might have been a superstar sales career is gone.

What’s next? She’ll have to go pure country if she wants to sell records for the rest of her twenties. Otherwise, Miley will have to get out the wrecking ball. I hope she kept it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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