2013 studio album by Miley Cyrus
This article is about the album. For the musical group, see . For other uses, see .
Bangerz is the fourth by American singer . It was released on October 4, 2013, by . Opting to re-establish her music career instead of focusing on her film career as originally planned, Cyrus began planning the project in late 2012. Work continued into 2013 when she joined RCA Records. Described by Cyrus as "", Bangerz represents a musical departure from her earlier work, which she has grown to feel "disconnected" from. As , Cyrus and collaborated with producers including , , and to achieve Cyrus' desired new sound. Their efforts resulted in a primarily record, with lyrical themes that revolve largely around romance. It features guest vocals from several new partners, including pop singer and rappers , , , and .
Bangerz received mixed to positive reviews from , who praised its overall production and originality, and complimented Cyrus' public persona evolution. The record debuted at number one on the US with first-week sales of 270,000 copies. In doing so, it became Cyrus' fifth non-consecutive number-one album, including earlier in which she performed as her character . It was the third-highest opening week for a female artist in 2013, and was later certified triple platinum by the (RIAA) after moving one million units. The album received a nomination for , giving Cyrus her first Grammy nomination.
"" was released as the from Bangerz on June 3, 2013, and peaked at number two on the US . The second single "" was released on August 25, 2013, and became Cyrus' first single to peak in the top position in the United States. Its accompanying music video held the record for the fastest video to reach 100 million views on Vevo being beaten by 's "Hello" music video in 2015, it also earned Cyrus the award for "" at the . "" was serviced as the third single from the record on December 17, 2013; it has peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. A remix of the track produced by was released on March 3, 2014. Promotional efforts for Bangerz continued to associate Cyrus with an increasingly provocative image, an effort first begun with her third record, (2010). She garnered widespread media attention through a controversial performance at the , and was later the host and musical guest during an episode of . Furthermore, Cyrus promoted the album with her international .
"Right now, when people go to iTunes and listen to my old music, it's so irritating to me because I can't just erase that stuff and start over. My I feel so disconnected from – I was 16 or 17 when I made it. When you're in your 20s, you just don't really know that person anymore."
— Cyrus describing the artistic transition she experienced during the production of Bangerz.
In 2012, Cyrus announced plans to focus on her film career, effectively putting her musical endeavors on hiatus. That year, she appeared in the films and . She was also confirmed as a primary voice actress in the feature film , but dropped out of the project to coordinate a musical comeback. In January 2013, Cyrus signed a recording contract with . In March, she confirmed that her fourth studio album would be released by the end of 2013.Cyrus stated that she "started over" as an artist after terminating the services of her previous professional connections, who she felt "would have [been] scared" by her evolving public image. In a later interview, she elaborated that she recognizes Bangerz to be her official debut record, deprecating her earlier projects released during the production of . While recording the then-untitled album, Cyrus intended to produce a "very adult and sexy and believable" final product, and was "having fun making music [for] the first time in her career." She said the album was influenced by . Musical acts which inspired the album included and .
She described the music as "dirty south hip-hop" and combining the genres of hip-hop and country, which she felt was a "good hybrid". To achieve this sound, Cyrus worked with various hip hop producers including , , , and in cities including , . They helped her to incorporate elements into the project, which Cyrus acknowledged resulted in a "really different sound".Cyrus further commented that her project would "shut everyone up", and later compared the record to (1987) by , in that "people still are listening to [it] because it's so fucking dope" and "[wants] people to listen to [her] album like that." She also expressed her desire to "set a new standard for pop music". Producer called the record "fun [and] exciting", and stated that a collaboration that Cyrus recorded with would appear on the final track listing. Mike Will Made It explained that the title for the album was decided upon after realizing that "whole album was ".
On August 6, 2013, after reaching 13 million followers on , Cyrus tweeted that the record would be titled Bangerz. Its cover sleeve and images were shot by British photographer Tyrone Lebon; several unused pictures from the photo shoot on June 5, 2014. On August 24, 2013, Cyrus unveiled the album artworks for the standard and deluxe versions of the album; both depict a blonde Cyrus wearing a short black coat with the title "Bangerz" stylized in fluorescent neon lighting in front of palm trees. It was described as being reminiscent of the 1980s television series and an unexpected choice given her recent influence by hip hop culture. Later on August 25, Bangerz was made available for through the . She later confirmed that it would be released on October 8, 2013 in the United States. After her music video for the track "" broke the record for the most views in the first twenty-four hours of its release, Cyrus revealed the track listing for Bangerz through Twitter on September 10.
On September 18, 2013, Cyrus unveiled four additional covers for the physical version of the deluxe record, which were sporadically distributed across international retailers and voted on by fans to determine the official cover to be printed for future pressings. Two of the covers display Cyrus dressed in alternate outfits, one with a black jacket and another with a white bra and checkered black pants. A third depicts a close-up of Cyrus surrounded by roses, while a fourth highlights a topless Cyrus covering her chest. The topless cover is featured for an online-exclusive edition of the record and is also the primary visual for the pressings, released on November 26 through Cyrus' online store. It was compared to her music video for "Wrecking Ball", which also showcased an unclothed Cyrus, while the others were deemed conservative by comparison. A page of is packaged with the deluxe version of the album. On October 15, it was announced through Cyrus' profile that the original deluxe artwork would remain the official cover. The record is additionally marked with the label, affixed by the (RIAA) to identify explicit content. On September 29, 30-second snippets of each track on Bangerz were made available through . The following day, the full record was made available for streaming through the iTunes Store and . On April 22, 2017, the album was rereleased on for .
Bangerz is primarily a album, which also integrates elements of , , and . During an interview on on October 10, host asked Cyrus if the record was inspired by her relationship with , to which she replied "the whole album is a story of that and I think it says that starting with "Adore You" and ending with "Someone Else" ..... I think I knew more intuitively where my life was going than I actually thought I did at the time."
The record opens with "", a pop and , ballad, which lyrically addresses a lover through lyrics including "We were meant to be/In holy matrimony". Nick Catucci from opined that the track allowed Cyrus to showcase her vocal abilities. "We Can't Stop" is a midtempo pop, R&B, and song that lyrically discusses the events of a . Mikael Wood of the calling the song "the calmest, most clear-eyed rebel yell since 's ''." Catucci described "" as a "merry rap-off" with pop singer , who appears as a guest vocalist in the second verse. "" features hip hop recording artist , and lyrically discusses the story of a "female rebel" looking to find for her romantic partner. Subtle elements are present throughout the song. "My Darlin'" features ; Cyrus' vocal abilities were complimented, though were deemed to be overpowered by a "sea of blinking synths and unthawed crooning". "" is a synthpop ballad speaking of a failed relationship.
The seventh track "Love Money Party" features , and incorporates a "grimy, haunted-house beat". Jason Lipshutz from noted that Cyrus appeared more comfortable with in the recording, compared to an earlier performance on the single "". "#" is a "stylish breeze" that sees the inclusion of "whistling [...] and a chopped guitar lick". It was described as being reminiscent of "Twisted" by and "Kickin' In" by , all three of which were produced by .Cyrus stated that "" was inspired by "needing to leave someone but not really wanting to completely cut yourself off from the relationship." Her comments were assumed to reference her engagement to Hemsworth by the media. The tenth track "" features , and according to Catucci, blends "starry -style sass and a French Montana verse into expertly inlaid wub-wubs". He went on to describe "Do My Thang" as a "ripping dance track", while Lipshutz recognized influences from "gooey synthesizers and snapping percussion". "Maybe You're Right" incorporates drum instrumentation with "hints of influence", and was also questioned to be addressing Hemsworth. The thirteenth and final track "" combines hip hop and synthpop styles, and lyrically discusses Cyrus' evolving public image.
A sample of "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus, serviced as the lead single from Bangerz. Musically, the track marks a departure from her earlier recordings, and incorporates pop, R&B, and dance elements.
A sample of "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, serviced as the second single from Bangerz. It strays from the styles displayed in its predecessor, instead focusing on synthpop styles.Problems playing these files? See .
"" was released as the from Bangerz on June 3, 2013. It received generally mixed reviews from , who were ambivalent towards its production and lyrics. The song peaked at number 2 on the US , tying it with "" as Cyrus' highest-peaking single in the country at the time. Internationally, it enjoyed varying success across Europe and Oceania, and peaked at number one in New Zealand. The accompanying music video was released on June 19, 2013, and was noted for depicting an increasingly provocative Cyrus, an effort begun with her third record (2010). With 10.7 million views in its first day, the clip briefly held the record for the most views in 24 hours, before being surpassed by "" by . It was also the fastest video to reach 100 million views, having done so in 37 days.
"" was released as the album's second single on August 25, 2013. The song peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cyrus' first single to do so in the United States. It additionally peaked within the top-twenty of several international singles charts, and reached at number 2 in Australia and New Zealand. The accompanying music video was released on September 9, 2013, and garnered significant media attention for showcasing a nude Cyrus. With 19.3 million views, it broke the Vevo record for the most views in 24 hours, and additionally became the fastest video to reach 100 million views, having done so in 6 days. The first-day viewing record was later surpassed by the visuals for "" by in August 2014, which received 19.6 million views, upon its premiere. On December 4, 2013, "Wrecking Ball" returned to the peak position of the Billboard Hot 100 with assistance from online streaming of a viral parody video, and consequently became the largest gap between number-one sittings in history. On the same month, the music videos for "Wrecking Ball" and "We Can't Stop" were announced as the first and second most-viewed videos on Vevo in 2013, respectively.
"" was released as the third single from Bangerz; it was serviced to stations on December 17, 2013. It received generally favorable reviews, with critics appreciating its mid-tempo production, although they criticized the use of in its vocals. The accompanying music video was on the evening of December 25, and was officially premiered on the morning of December 26. The clip depicts Cyrus suggestively posing in a bed and a bathtub, and is interspersed with footage that appears to simulate a . Prior to being officially released as a single, the song debuted at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100; it has since peaked at number 21. The remix for "Adore You", was produced by , and premiered online on February 13, 2014; it was officially released on through his label on March 3.
Cyrus first performed "" on on June 26, 2013 and on the following day. In August 2013, she became the subject of widespread media attention and public scrutiny following a controversial performance and duet with at the at in . The performance began with Cyrus performing "We Can't Stop" in bear-themed attire. Halfway through the act, Cyrus stripped down to a skin-colored two-piece outfit as Thicke joined her on state to perform "". Cyrus subsequently touched Thicke's area with a giant foam finger and against his crotch. An article published in described the performance as "crass" and "reminiscent of a bad ". Media attention of the performance largely overshadowed the attention that was given to other major events of the night, such as the reunion of and performances by and . The performance was described by critic B. J. Steiner as a "trainwreck in the classic sense of the word as the audience reaction seemed to be a mix of confusion, dismay and horror in a cocktail of embarrassment", while the BBC said Cyrus stole the show with a "raunchy performance". The performance generated 306,100 tweets per minute on Twitter, breaking the record for the most tweeted-about event in the history of the social network; the previous record, held by the featuring , generated 268,000 tweets per minute. According to , Cyrus' performance resulted in a gain of over 213,000 followers, 226,000 likes on , and 90,000 downloads of her new promotional single, "", within days of the controversial performance. This amounted to a total 112% increase in Cyrus' social media activity.
In September 2013, Cyrus sang "We Can't Stop" on in Germany (September 7), in France (September 9), and in England (September 13). On September 21, she performed twice at in , in the afternoon at festival village and in the evening at . During both shows she sang "We Can't Stop" and, for the first time, "Wrecking Ball". Despite generating media attention for a provocative wardrobe, the performance was considered to be "fairly tame considering the VMAs." On October 5, Cyrus served as the host and musical guest during an episode of . She appeared in several sketches, including a parody of "We Can't Stop" titled "We Did Stop (The Government)", referencing the , and performed an acoustic version of "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball". The following Monday, Cyrus performed both singles on as part of their Toyota Concert Series. She held an album signing on October 8 at in , and also appeared on and later that month, also singing both singles there.
Bangerz was additionally promoted through the documentary , which premiered through on October 2; it covered the production of the project and the lead-up to its release. In November, Cyrus traveled to Europe again to sing both "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" at the in on November 10; she garnered media attention for smoking a joint of on-stage while accepting the Best Video Award for the latter single. On November 17, she performed "Wrecking Ball" on in London. After being criticized for delivering a lackluster vocal performance,Cyrus was placed under "vocal rest" by her doctors in preparation of the Bangerz Tour. During her trip, she also performed "Wrecking Ball" on in Germany (November 9),'s in London (November 12), and the 2013 in Germany (November 14). On November 24, Cyrus performed "Wrecking Ball" at the ; a digitally animated cat projected on the screen behind her lip-synced the lyrics alongside Cyrus. In December, she performed at Jingle Ball concerts in (), , , New York City, , and . She was expected to perform in during the series, although her flight from New York City was cancelled due to Winter Storm Electra and was therefore unable to attend.
Cyrus also performed "#" and "Wrecking Ball" on in on December 31; she had previously been expected to perform at the with . On January 25, 2014, Cyrus sang "#GetItRight" during ' party the evening before the ; after an unenthusiastic response from the audience, she performed a of "" by which received a more favorable reception. An episode of starring Cyrus premiered through MTV on January 29. She performed versions of "", "", "", "Wrecking Ball", "#GetItRight", "", "Do My Thang", and "Rooting for My Baby". Cyrus also performed a cover version of "Jolene", while appeared as a surprise guest that evening to sing a medley of Cyrus "We Can't Stop" and her own "". An uncensored version of the special was released online on February 6, and included an additional cover version of "" by the .Cyrus and sang a cover version of ' "" for the on May 18, while Cyrus alone performed "Wrecking Ball" during the in on May 27.Cyrus participated in the at in on June 21, where she sang "SMS (Bangerz)", "4x4", "Love Money Party", "Wrecking Ball", "We Can't Stop" and "Party In The USA".
Main article:Cyrus performing on the Bangerz Tour, February 2014.
During her appearance on Today on October 7, Cyrus first mentioned her intentions to tour in 2014. On October 26, she made a surprise appearance on another episode of Saturday Night Live to officially announce the . It was promoted by the American entertainment company , which was reported to be paying Cyrus 0,000 per presentation. The first leg of the tour visited North America and was originally scheduled to include thirty-eight shows, for which Swedish duo and American recording artist were announced as its opening acts.
Tickets for the North American leg became available for purchase on November 16; it began at the in on February 14, 2014, and was originally planned conclude on April 24 at the in . However, several showings were postponed after Cyrus experienced an allergic reaction to medication on April 15. The rescheduled North American dates saw the inclusion of two additional performances; they began on August 1 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, and concluded on August 14 at the in . The second leg of the tour visited Europe and included eighteen shows, for which tickets became available for purchase on December 13. It began on May 6 at in , and concluded on June 22 at the in . The two-hour television special "Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour" was filmed during Cyrus' performances in Spain and Portugal, and was broadcast on July 6 on in the United States. The tour resumed on August 1 at in and concluded on October 23 at the in , Australia.
Bangerz received mixed to positive reviews from . At , which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an score of 61, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 21 reviews. Writing for , Heather Phares provided a favorable review, opining that it "accomplishes [the] mission" of "[selling] Cyrus as an independent woman", further commenting that the incorporation of several genres within the project "introduces Miley as an A-list pop star." Jason Lipshutz of complimented the album for being "fiercely individual", but stated that the "dramatic breakup songs" became repetitive. Lipshutz stated that the album is "neither the best nor worst pop album" released in 2013, and stated songs like "Wrecking Ball" would increase her career longevity. Nick Catucci of described Bangerz as being "utterly fresh" and a "pop blitz from a hip hop blue print", and stated that Cyrus had visibly transitioned from her former persona established by the .
Mikael Wood from the noted that the album favored a "grittier, hip-hop-inspired vibe" instead of the "glossy electro-pop" from her previous material, and further opined that "We Can't Stop" "still astounds; it might be the calmest, most clear-eyed rebel yell since 's '.' An album beyond its years."'s Jon Dolan complimented the album's "wide-ranging production", labeling it a "-meets--meets--meets- party grenade of a record". Writing for , Tom Lea provided a more mixed review of Bangerz, calling it a "hot mess of country, Southern hip-hop and more", but concluded that the record contained "more—ahem—bangers than clangers." Caroline Sullivan from shared a similar sentiment, but also concluded that the overall record held "more hits than misses". John Murphy of described the tracks as being "rather run of the mill material", but nonetheless complimented Cyrus' promotional efforts for making the record "one of the most anticipated pop albums of the year".
Kitty Empire from was more negative of Bangerz, stating that the project "feels stitched together in the dark, and the attention-seeking begins to grate." Elysa Gardner for described the record's composition as "mediocre" and consisting of "competent, mostly generic tunes". Jessica Hopper from was also more negative of the record, remarking that it is a "precise album that flits between bombastic and turgid" and "is very fun".
On his list of the ten best albums of 2013, Nick Catucci from Entertainment Weekly placed Bangerz third, complimenting Cyrus' ability for "cutting-edge rap [...], a soulful voice capable of showstoppers [...], and an underappreciated emotional directness".The Guardian ranked Bangerz thirty-fourth on their list of the forty best albums, commenting that it "[winds] people up for commercial, rather than transgressive, ends" despite initially commenting that "the attention-seeking begins to grate".Rolling Stone placed Bangerz at number twenty-seven on their list of the fifty best albums, writing that Cyrus "[brought] depth and vulnerability to one hell of a party [...] amid all the foam-finger hub-hub". Ann Powers from ranked the record tenth on her list of ten records, suggesting that it "should earn her entry into every celebration of pop this year", while the ranked it ninth for being "banging". Joey Guerra from listed Bangerz as the fourth-best record of the year, calling it a "fun, feisty pop album that produced two of the year's biggest, best singles" and summarizing that "with one flick of her tongue, Cyrus easily outdoes recent fare from , and ."
On October 16, the record debuted at number one on the US , having moved 270,000 units. In doing so, Cyrus attained her fifth non-consecutive number-one album in the country. The figure includes her first and second studio albums (2007) and (2008), in addition to the soundtracks (2006) and (2009), in which Cyrus was credited as her former titular character . Furthermore, the record sold 168,000 more copies than her previous effort (2010), and became the best-selling debut week for a female artist in 2013. Three weeks later, this feat was surpassed by after her fourth studio album (2013) debuted at number one with first-week sales of 286,000 copies. In December, both women were surpassed by after her fifth studio album (2013) was unexpectedly released on the and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with three-day sales of 617,000 copies. During its second week of release, Bangerz dropped to number two with sales of 72,000 copies, and dropped to number four in its third week after moving 53,000 units. As of February 2014, Bangerz has sold one million copies in the United States, and has been certified by the (RIAA). It also debuted at number one on the , where it was eventually certified double platinum, and entered the chart at number three.
Bangerz charted moderately throughout Europe. In the United Kingdom, the record and her track "Wrecking Ball" both debuted at number one on their respective charts in the same week, making Cyrus the first artist of 2013 to achieve a "chart double" in the country. The album was later recognized with a silver certification. It also reached the peak position in Ireland, Norway, and Scotland. Furthermore, it respectively debuted at numbers two and three in Spain and Italy. The album peaked at number four on the and the Swedish . It also debuted at number four on the , and was further recognized with a double-platinum certification by the for sales of 40,000 copies. The album also reached number six on the Dutch , number seven on the , number eight on the Hungarian , and number three on the Danish and number nine on both the and the German . In Belgium, the record respectively peaked at numbers eight and nineteen in Flanders and Wallonia. The album reached number 23 on , and debuted at number 45 on the Polish . In South America, Bangerz charted at number one on the Argentinian chart and the Brazilian chart. The record experienced similar success in Oceania, where it debuted in the peak position of the Australian and reached number two in New Zealand. In the latter country, it was certified gold.
"This doesn’t mean that this personality can’t change again. One need only look at the many faces of through her formative years or , for that matter, to know that artists can evolve and stay relevant in an ever-changing market."
— Lori Landew of notes the potential of Cyrus adopting another public image by comparison to women from a similar background.
Bangerz and its promotional events have been largely credited with establishing a sexually provocative image for Cyrus. Zack O'Malley Greenburg from noted that her performances, music videos, and public behavior received "plenty of condemnation along with all the attention" in the lead-up to the record; he suggested that this was intentionally done so "[parents will] never again buy any products related to Cyrus–or her former alter-ego, tween sensation ." John Murphy from stated that Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards became "the seismic event that ensured we'd never recall 2013 without thinking of her", further opining that the anticipation it built for Bangerz made it "impossible not to admire her operation."
Andrew Unterberger of felt that Bangerz developed the maturing image for Cyrus that her third album (2010) failed to accomplish. He suggested that she had "no true backup plan" for creating a new public persona in 2010, and stated that she "now feels firmly in control of her music and her image" in 2013. Marlow Stern from shared a similar sentiment, stating that Cyrus "is completely in control of what she’s doing" after her recent controversies, which he described as "pure artistic calculation born out of mild desperation", and has successfully done "just about anything to gain our attention". Zack O'Malley Greenburg of commented that despite widespread criticism of "chasing views and record sales at the expense of her image", the "new Cyrus" appears "marketable as ever." Writing for , Mickey Woods compared the promotional "era" for Bangerz to those of ' and 's third and fourth studio albums (2001) and (2002), respectively, in that "both albums by these legends were wildly experimental", adding that Cyrus' project "will probably be retrospectively deemed iconic, maybe even classic." Mark Jacobs of likened the album to (1986) by , in that Cyrus was "an artist coming into her own" in a fashion similar to Jackson.
Patrick Ryan of commented that Cyrus' collaborations with contributed to his new-found prominence, stating that Mike Will Made It's position as an executive producer has helped him "[jump] to the forefront as an interesting character [...] in an era where a lot of producers have fallen behind the scenes again". From a commercial standpoint, however, Suzanne Cowie of Babble suggested that Cyrus' opening-week sales figures and subsequent decline supported the idea that the format is reaching its end, having used her example to exemplify that "consumers are only interested in the single". She further opined that they do not "[have] the time to sit and listen through to an album in its entirety", and credited the rise of with promoting a less engaging listening process, where consumers "[have not] connected in any way with the band/singer and their hopes for the record."
In December 2013 named Cyrus as their Best Artist of 2013, for which criteria including Bangerz's sales were taken into consideration. James Montgomery from elaborated on the network's decision that Cyrus "[declared] her independence and [dominated] the pop-culture landscape", adding that "she schooled—and shocked—us all in 2013, and did so on her own terms." In early December 2013, Cyrus was listed in the top ten finalists for , the only enterteiner in the list, though she lost to ; she was also listed on .Billboard staff called Cyrus the "Most Talked About Pop Star" of 2013, and also recognized the controversial evolution of her career as the "Top Music Moment" of the year, elaborating that she was a "maelstrom that expanded and grazed nearly every aspect of pop culture in 2013."Cyrus was also the most-searched person of the year on , with Leah Chernikoff of Elle writing that "most folks, even famous ones, only strike Internet gold like that once in a lifetime (or maybe once a year), but Cyrus hit it again—and again—in 2013."
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bangerz.14. "Rooting for My Baby"
Credits adapted from Bangerz liner notes.