<p>Miley Cyrus on the &quot;Today&quot; show</p>

Miley Cyrus on the "Today" show

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Seven things we learned from Miley Cyrus's 'Today' show interview

Was she flirting with Matt Lauer or insulting him?

Hot off her ratings-winning appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” Miley Cyrus continued making the rounds to promote new album, “Bangerz,” by appearing on the “Today” show Monday morning.

During a six-minute interview with co-host Matt Lauer, a hyper, leg-jiggling, self-assured Cyrus answered questions about a number of topics, including her latest Twitter feud with Sinead O’Connor, her VMA appearance, and her parents’ unconditional love. She also performed two songs.

She also revealed that she plans to go on tour next year.

Here are seven things we learned from the interview, embedded below:

She doesn’t mind shocking, but she doesn’t mean to offend:  Of her VMA performance, she says, “I don’t ever really plan to offend people, sometimes that just happens, because I think people aren’t open to what they don’t understand”

If you don’t understand Cyrus, you’re just too old: "My fans are really young, so they all understand what I’m doing," she says.

She’s crazy like a fox:
“We’re still talking about it a month later (she says of her VMA performance), so it went as planned."

What you see is what you get with
:" This is just who I am: I think it’s only hard if you’re trying to be something that you’re not," she says of her sexualized performances.

She’s only got 20 years left to be sexy:  “I heard when you turn 40 things start to go a little less sexual. I heard around 40, around that time, is when people don’t have sex anymore,” she said to a 55-year old Matt Lauer. We still aren't sure if she was flirting with Lauer or insulting him or a bit of both.

She still loves Sinead: "I think she’s an incredible artist, I think she’s an awesome songwriter... I don’t know how someone can start a fight with somebody: I really respect you and I really love what you did. You know what, you suck'."

Her parents love her unconditionally:
  "My parents have always been about being who you are and figuring that out. What’s great about that is I trust them a lot and can go to them with pretty much anything," she says of her parents, pointing our her mother in the crowd.

Below is the full interview, as well a her performance of "Wrecking Ball." 

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<p>Justin Bieber's &quot;Heartbreaker&quot;</p>

Justin Bieber's "Heartbreaker"

Justin Bieber sings about Selena Gomez break-up on new song 'Heartbreaker': Listen

Track is first offering in his #MusicMondays' series

Justin Bieber wants you to meet him under his umbrella-ella-ella.

On “Heartbreaker,” the first release as part of his #MusicMondays series—he’ll release a new song each Monday for 10 weeks—Bieber wants you back.  “Girl you don’t know how I feel/since you ran away/Any chance you could take my call/if I dialed you today,” he sings in the slow jam.

Bieber has made the right move: there are no guest on the album and the spoken part, instead of handing that over to a rapper, is handled by Bieber himself. He’s positioning himself as the sensitive, vulnerable one who is in the throes of heartache: “Girl, you see me standing here/any chance you could stay right here and never go away,” he sings as he longs to get his girl back.

It sounds like the R&B pop song is directed toward his off-and-on-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, as he speaks, “I know it hasn’t been easy for us to talk with everybody being around/but this is personal/this is from me to you/and I want you to know I still love you/I know the seasons may change/that sometimes love goes from sunshine to rain/but I’m under this umbrella and I’m calling your name.”

On Twitter, Bieber pasted a comment he made to iTunes about the song's origin: "It's a song for people going through a heartbreak - like I was when I wrote it. It means so much to me to be able to share what I was, and still am going through, with my fans. I'm very proud of this song and I hope it give[s] my fans some insight into my heart."   He has since added that "each week the songs get better" and that "maybe u might get lucky with two songs in a week." 

There isn’t much of a chorus, but this is more a transition song, one that’s meant to make us see that Bieber is growing up. With the backing vocals, he’s a one-man R&B group, but it works.  "Heartbreaker" is the first single from Bieber's forthcoming album, out later this year.

Do you like "Heartbreaker?" 

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 Miley Cyrus and other child music stars who tried to make it in the grown-up world

Miley Cyrus and other child music stars who tried to make it in the grown-up world

Who was a hit and who was a miss in the transition

Miley Cyrus, 20,  is the latest in a long line of child music stars eager to leave their youth behind and be seen as artists with adult appeal. With “Bangerz,” out Monday (7), Cyrus tries once and forever more to leave Hannah Montana in the rear view mirror. Here’s a look at some other music artists who first hit stardom at a very young age and how they fared in their bid to navigate through some awkward years to become mainstream stars and remain on the Billboard Hot 100.


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<p>Miley Cyrus</p>

Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus, Drake and Lorde top this week's Music Power Rankings

You already know why Sinead O'Connor makes the list

1. Drake: “Nothing Was The Same” sells 658,000 in its first week, the second-highest opening week tally of the year. Plus, Drake lands a staggering 12 cuts on the Billboard Hot 100. Who’s the biggest star, Kanye?

2. Badfinger: “Breaking Bad” exposes a whole new generation to “Baby Blue” and to the band, as the song’s sales soar 3,000% on iTunes. Will “Baby Blue” becomes the new “Don’t Stop Believing?”

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Justin Timberlake sees the top of Billboard 200 with 'The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2'

Justin Timberlake sees the top of Billboard 200 with 'The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2'

How do the numbers compare to 'The 20/20 Experience 1 of 2?'

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” handily bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, but with much less fanfare than the first edition. In March,  “The 20/20 Experience”  bowed with sales of more than 950,000 units, the highest opening-week tally for 2013. Part two will have a very nice launch of up to 370,000.

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Concert at Prince's house this weekend! Here are the details!

Saturday show is first come, first in

What are you doing on Saturday? If you’re in Minneapolis, you may want to head to Prince’s house. He’s giving a concert at his $10 million complex, Paisley Park Studios, on Saturday at 9 p.m. (i.e., he’ll take the stage around midnight).

He’ll play with both his 3rdEyeGirl band and with The NPG (New Power Generation), his old band with whom he recently reunited.

"We really just wanted to open up Paisley to the public and invite Minnesota and anybody else who can make it out," 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Ford told Minneapolis weekly City Pages. "This one is moreso like a spur-of-the-moment event to spend time with our community and throw a big concert for everybody and show off some of the stuff we're working on."

Admission is $50 at the door. Princevault has the details, but there doesn’t seem to be much more info than that available, other than show up early and hope you’re one of the lucky ones to get in.

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Watch Pink walk this way in new video for 'Walk of Shame'

Watch Pink walk this way in new video for 'Walk of Shame'

Will we get another video for the hilarious song?

Pink is an ever bigger star in Australia than she is here, so she’s made a video of “Walk of Shame” for her Australian fans, but you can see it here too.

It’s a live performance clip, seemingly taken from her record-breaking run of 18 sold-out shows at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena.The song, taken from Pink's "The Truth About Love" album,  is a hilarious tune about taking the proverbial walk of shame the morning after so we hope that if the song becomes a single in the U.S., Pink does an appropriately goofy, funny video to accompany it, but in the meantime, enjoy this clip from Australia (h/t directlyrics.com).

Pink will be honored by Billboard as the magazine's Woman Of The Year on Dec. 10 in New York.

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<p>Miley Cyrus</p>

Miley Cyrus

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Round Three: Sinead O'Connor tells Miley Cyrus: 'I'll visit you in the psych ward'

O'Connor claims Cyrus has 'caused me enormous distress'

I think we can rule out any chance of Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor making nice.

Early this morning, O’Connor issued her third open letter to Cyrus in response to Cyrus’s slight stab that she couldn’t respond to the second open letter because she was too busy preparing to host “Saturday Night Live,” a show from which O’Connor is banned, but she would be happy to meet with O’Connor.

O’Connor wants nothing less than an apology from Cyrus as she states in the scorched-earth letter and she once again threatens to sue if Cyrus does not do so: “What you did yesterday was designed to damage me and my career and has caused me enormous distress and harassment and has potential to damage my career,” O’Connor writes.

To catch you up, in response to O’Connor’s first, very nice letter to Cyrus, Cyrus re-posted tweets from O’Connor when she was having a nervous breakdown in January 2012, and then posted a photo of O’Connor ripping up a picture of the Pope from her “SNL” appearance in 1992. She also compared her to Amanda Bynes, who is receiving treatment for her mental condition.

Here’s O’Connor’s third letter in full:

Third letter to Miley


I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you. You had plenty of time yesterday to abuse Amanda Bynes .. an entirely innocent party.. and myself.. who also did nothing to deserve your abuse.. along with every other sufferer of mental health problems and every person who suffered abuse at the hands of priests. 

You can take five minutes today between g- string fuckin' changes to publicly apologise and remove your abusive tweets. If you do not then you don't give a shit who you mock and what damage you do by being so ignorant. 

When you publicly apologise to Amanda and myself and all mental health sufferers as well as all who were abused by priests that will end the matter as far as I am concerned.

what you did yesterday was designed to damage me and my career and has caused me enormous distress and harassment and has potential to damage my career, since you deliberately gave the impression those tweets of mine were not two years old but reflect my current condition. If you cannot apologize I will have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness. 

I have no interest in or desire to cause you trouble but if you do not apologise for having deliberately tried to cause me hurt and trouble personally and professionally I will have to bring pressure upon you. 

When you end up in the psych ward or rehab I'll be happy to visit you.. and would not lower myself to mock you. 

Be a proper woman and make the public apologies I have listed above. Your hosting SNL is a bullshit reason for not taking five minutes to do the right thing and your behaviour yesterday will rebound upon you very badly. 

You have no business abusing Amanda Bynes or anyone else. How do you think you made her feel yesterday? How do you feel when your friend Britney Spears is mocked and humiliated for having had mental health problems? I know I personally want to bash those who treat her that way. If she is your friend and more importantly if you are a true friend to her.. you ought apologise for joining those who mock and humiliate women who have been too nice frankly, to manage the music business without sensibly losing their minds.?
Cease behaving in an anti-female capacity. You will become the victim of it shortly. Soon it will be you the media 'crazy' .. and you will not enjoy it.. and you will appreciate people (like myself) standing up for you. Which I will be happy to do.. if you earn my respect today by apologising publicly.

No reply yet from Cyrus, whose lawyers have undoubtedly told her to lay off.

Are you Team Sinead or Team Miley or Team Over It?

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<p>Terry Richardson's <a href="http://terrysdiary.com/">latest</a> Miley Cyrus outtake</p>

Terry Richardson's latest Miley Cyrus outtake

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Sinead O'Connor threatens Miley with lawsuit: 'You are such an anti-female tool'

Cyrus mocks O'Connor's initial letter, infuriating Irish singer

Miley Ray Cyrus has a message for Sinead O’Connor: butt out. But it's clear that O'Connor is doing nothing of the sort.

If you're not up on the action, yesterday, O’Connor wrote an impassioned open letter to Cyrus, applauding her talent, and advising her to stop letting herself be “prostituted” by other people who were eager to exploit a young girl. She had been through the whole thing and had fought against having her sexuality be used a marketing tool. She perhaps felt she had a right to voice her opinion because the director’s cut of Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” is basically a remake of O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” video: both focus solely on the singer’s face as she performs the song in one shot.

It’s actually a lovely letter, and even if Cyrus doesn’t agree, it’s hard to argue that O’Connor’s heart wasn’t in the right place.

Instead of thanking O’Connor and sending her on her way, Cyrus decided to mock her and remind folks that O’Connor hardly has a past free of rebellious acts.

Early this morning, she tweeted “Before Amanda Bynes... there was...  “ and posted a rundown of O’Connor’s tweets when she was having a mental breakdown in January 2012  and publicly asked  if “can any psychiatrist see me today [and] get me back on meds [and] help me without having to go to the hospital?” and “I’m really un-well... and in danger.”  O'Connor subsequently canceled her 2012 tour to support her new album  because of her bi-polar disease. 

But she wasn’t done.  Cyrus then posted, without comment, a photo of Cyrus tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul ll on “Saturday Night Live” in 1992. That was a career killer for O’Connor and she was banned for life from “SNL” for her actions. (Deathandtaxes points out that Cyrus's screen grabs quoting O'Connor's 2012 meltdown are from someone else using O'Connor's which is possible, since O'Connor quit Twitter last year, But the words are verbatim from O'Connor's tweets in 2012 as her breakdown was happening.)


Why didn't Cyrus just quote the title of O'Connor's 2012 album back to her in response: "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)." 

Inbetween cutting down O'Connor, Cyrus has been retweeting provocative photos of her taken by Terry Richardson featuring her in a very revealing leotard and smoking up a storm.

Of course, O'Connor couldn't let Cyrus's reply go unanswered and O'Connor has now ripped Cyrus a new one for mocking people with mental illnesses... rightfully so. She also calls Cyrus "such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry."  O'Connor demands Cyrus take down the tweets or that she will "hear from my lawyers." 

O'Connor's page is crashing because so many folks are trying to access her response to Cyrus's response. Here it is in full: 

Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.

I mean really really… who advises you? have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? You will yourself one day suffer such illness, that is without doubt. The
course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me. I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only
send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated.

Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered.

It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you. And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.

Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance. I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your tits out to read.

UPDATE: Cyrus responded a few minutes ago, clearly trying to cool down the flames. She tweeted, "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting and performing on SNL this week...so if youd like to meet up and talk lemme now in your next letter. ; )"   Note the irony that Cyrus is on "SNL"  this week, which, as we noted above, is off limits to O'Connor.


Not to be left out, now Amanda Palmer (the former Dresden Dolls member who raised $1 million on Kickstarter to fund her solo album) decided she needed to weigh in, so she's written an open letter to O'Connor to respond to her open letter to Cyrus.

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Travel with The Civil Wars to Paris in new video, 'Dust To Dust'

Travel with The Civil Wars to Paris in new video, 'Dust To Dust'

That's one way to reunite the now-defunct pair

Not so very long ago, The Civil WarsJoy Williams and John Paul White actually liked each other and enjoyed each other’s company.

The now -defunct duo look back to that time in the video for “Dust To Dust,” the haunting second single from the pair’s sophomore self-titled set.  The video features what they claim to be found footage from a 2011 trip to Paris. Yeah, “found” footage, just like “Blair Witch Project” or “Paranormal Activity.” Watch them stroll in Paris. Enjoy the cafes and book stores vicariously.

Seriously, it’s a clever way to deal with how to create a video that still features the band members when the band members are no longer talking to each other.  I imagine future videos will have old concert footage or be conceptual.


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