Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” might be the song even your grandmother knows by heart, but Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato have all had a major role in helping pop dominating the news cycle this summer. These former Disney starlets were each formiddable competition in our Battle of the Summer Jams, but their individual efforts have gone beyond studio time and album promotion as each young woman is carving her own path in this crazy universe of ours.
From chart position to VMA backlash, which singer-actress-profession-to-be-named-later should emerge from August victorious, poised to have an even bigger fall? Let’s take a look.
Miley Cyrus: Twerk Miley, Miley Twerk
You know it, I know it, we all know it: years from now summer 2013 will be defined by the word “twerk,” thanks largely to Miley’s decision to show off her skills whenever possible. First she did it in concert, then came the “Wop” video, the hazy house party in “We Can’t Stop,” Jay Z’s Magna Carta shout-out, the VMAs… Much has been said about Sunday night’s performance–including Miley’s alleged appropriation of black culture–which angered many watching (even the creator of the foam finger!). Discussions like these, especially about subjects like race and gender, are healthy, and as long as Miley is being mentioned on Today, her position within the zeitgeist remains safe. Then again, too much unpredictable/borderline unsavory behavior and she becomes a grating fad. But what does Miley think about all of this?
Mixing pop with politics can be dicey, but for a 20-year-old female, the decision to remain silent on a subject so many others believe themselves to be authorities on seems like a disservice to her younger fans. “Blurred Lines” sparked outrage because of its racy video filled with naked women, yet Miley dancing (with clothes on) is repugnant and immoral. Owning her sexuality in a way that’s less of a parody will help to fill in the missing pieces of the personality she’s forged since cutting all her hair off and cozying up to hip-hop up-and-comers. Coy tweets and that tongue won’t suffice for much longer, as the older she gets, the more she’ll have to take responsibility for her actions.
Miley’s fourth album, Bangerz, is out October 8 (featuring at least one lovelorn ballad, “Wrecking Ball”) and her partnership with man-who-can-do-know-wrong Mike WiLL Made It looks to continue with the upcoming “23.” But mostly I want to know what fiance Liam Hemsworth thinks about all of this.