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Miley Cyrus performs during her "Wonder World" tour on September 22, 2009 in Los Angeles. Credit: Kevin Mazur, WireImage
Nov. 23, 1992
One way to insure a career in the music industry: Star in a Disney Channel sitcom as a celebrity in the music industry. Miley Cyrus
, daughter of potential country one-hit wonder Billy Ray Cyrus
(of "Achy Breaky Heart" fame), practically guaranteed herself at least one hit album when she took on the title role in Hannah Montana
, a series about an average brunette teen who leads a secret life as a blond superstar pop singer. The show was an almost immediate success, as was its first soundtrack album, which was released in 2006 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart. (The show also revitalized her dad's -- and now co-star's -- career.)
It wasn't long before Cyrus started releasing songs -- and full albums -- under her own name. Musically, Cyrus is all over the map. Most of her Hannah Montana songs are pure pop, while many of her Miley Cyrus tunes are a little bit rockier and harder edged, and some go a twangier country route. But diversity has been a good thing for Cyrus. To date, we have two Miley Cyrus records -- 2008's "Breakout," and a 2009 EP titled "The Time of our Lives" -- and three Hannah Montana records, all soundtracks, including the one for 2009's big-screen "Hannah Montana: The Movie." And then there are the albums credited to both the real singer and the fictional -- "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus" was a double CD set, and "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" was a live concert album from her tour of the same name. The concert was also shown in theaters as a film of the same name -- for which the Jonas Brothers served as Cyrus's opening act.
Interestingly, her biggest hit singles -- "See You Again," "The Climb," and "Party in the U.S.A." -- have all officially been Miley Cyrus songs. Cyrus has also penned a bestselling autobiography, "Miles to Go," and released a Wal-Mart exclusive clothing line with designer Max Azria. "Hannah Montana" has also been the basis for several video games. And then there are the infamous photos. There was much controversy famed photographer Annie Leibovitz took questionable photos of teenage Miley (including one posed with her dad that many critics saw as inappropriately sensual) for Vanity Fair magazine. Although the furor eventually died down, there was far more hubbub about those Vanity Fair pics than there was about Miley's own casual bra-flashing pics that circulated on the Internet. And in case you've ever wondered, no, Miley is not her given name. She was born Destiny Cyrus.