Miley weighs in on her newest work, changing image

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

As anyone who has followed Miley Cyrus since she began promoting her “Bangerz” album last summer knows, she has generated a lot of notoriety for the far more adult version of the actress-singer the world first got to know through the Disney television series “Hannah Montana.”

She especially raised eyebrows by appearing nude in her video for her song, “Wrecking Ball,” and for a racy performance on the MTV Video Music Awards that seemed to startle even that envelope-pushing network.

But organizers for a recent half-hour teleconference with reporters requested questions be limited to the “Bangerz” tour itself — meaning Cyrus' behavior and the recent controversies she has generated would not be addressed. Writers were required to submit questions via a website before and during the 30-minute teleconference, and Cyrus' publicist selected which questions were actually presented to Cyrus.

Here are highlights from what Cyrus had to say during the teleconference:

Question: What was your goal when it came to creating this tour?

Cyrus: I just want to make it something that is really fun. And, like with everything I do, I don't want there to be anything about (the show) that's unoriginal or seems fake in any way. So the whole thing is real, it's got a good energy about it. ... For me, I think the best thing for an artist is to see people sing along to your songs, and also to have people participating in your show. Sometimes, that's hard. There are just people in the front row with their cellphones in front of their face and not really getting involved. And this show is a really hard show to not want to get up and be involved.

Q: Are there any cool props or stunts that you could preview?

Cyrus: For one, our show is completely live. So it's hard to do as many stunts as I got to do on other tours because I'm really focused on people being as excited about me as a singer than ... what I did to shock people. I want people to walk around being like, “OK, she did some things that were crazy, but at the end of the day, it was really about her voice.” ... But I definitely have some crazy props to enter and exit on. That's all I really want to tell you.

Q: People might not have expected you to work with Future, but he's featured on the “Bangerz” song “My Darlin',” and you're featured on his track “Real and True” and in the video for that song. Can you talk a little about how you two know each other?

Cyrus: Future and I know each other through (record producer) Mike Will. They grew up together in Atlanta, and me and Mike are like family. And so anyone who's really close to Mike, I've gotten really close to. (Future) was just someone (Will) wanted to work with me because of my voice. It's not like (Future) was a fan of me really before he really started getting in the studio with me. He just became a fan of me and my music, so that's why I really wanted to work with him. I just want to surround myself with people that what they care about is me as a real artist. So him and I are really close. I'm super-stoked for him and everything. I mean, everything in his life — I love working with people that are new.

Q: We only have time to wrap up. Is there anything you would like to tell the journalists about the tour that maybe we haven't covered here and how excited you are to go out on the road?

Cyrus: I'm just thankful for the people that have really like (decided) to come to my show, because I know sometimes people, they like to make me seem like I'm one thing, and all that I know how to do is shock people, and that's kind of my only purpose in the industry. That isn't what it is. What my show (is), and what I think girls see kind of through, is there's an energy and there's a feminist energy there, and if people enjoy taking a chance and coming to a show that's a little bit different, I really appreciate that.

And I think a lot of my fans, I think that's why we're kind of so close, because when they look at me and they feel like they can be really like truly who they are, and I hope my fans are kind of inspired by my show to take that to the next level.

Alan Sculley is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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