That fall, Miley hit the road as the opening act for another Disney-spawned pop act, the Cheetah Girls. A reissue of the Hannah Montana album followed in March 2007, not long after the show’s theme song, “The Best of Both Worlds,” was released as a single. A second Hannah Montana record, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, was released in summer 2007. That fall, Cyrus embarked on the Best of Both Worlds tour, which stretched into early 2008 and was edited into The Best of Both Worlds Concert film, which was released that spring. By then, Cyrus was busy recording Breakout, her first full-fledged album as herself, as well as shooting Hannah Montana: The Movie, which was slated for release the following year.
Breakout arrived in summer 2008. It topped the Billboard charts and quickly went platinum, paving the way for an even more successful year in 2009. Hannah Montana: The Movie was released that March and peaked at number one, while the soundtrack’s lead single — a country-pop ballad called “The Climb” — became one of the year’s most omnipresent songs, giving Miley her first multi-platinum hit. A short album, The Time of Our Lives, arrived several months later and yielded another hit with “Party in the U.S.A.,” which charted inside the Billboard Top Ten for 16 weeks. Cyrus performed the song on the “Wonder World Tour,” her first international tour, and also found time to film another movie, The Last Song, which hit theaters in 2010. With acting assuming such a large role in her life, Cyrus announced her decision to take a hiatus from music — but not before the release of her third album, Can’t Be Tamed, which appeared that summer.
After making a number of television appearances and appearing in the films LOL and So Undercover, Cyrus decided to return to music, choosing to go in a more grown-up direction by enlisting a number of popular rap producers, including Pharrell Williams. The resulting effort, entitled Bangerz, combined crunky beats with synth pop, electro, and stadium rock tropes. Released in October 2013, it was promoted by Cyrus with a controversial performance at the MTV VMAs. While touring in support of the album, she began work on its follow-up, collaborating with the Flaming Lips; she also appeared on their album With a Little Help from My Fwends, and the band joined her on-stage for several tour dates. Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was announced and released online for free immediately after the 2015 MTV Music Video Awards, which Cyrus hosted. The album also featured contributions from Bangerz producers Mike Will Made It and Oren Yoel, and cameos by Big Sean, Ariel Pink, and Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel.
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