It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Miley Cyrus’ ridiculously named, but also pretty darn good, new album, “Bangerz,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.
Selling 270,000 copies in its first week, “Bangerz” easily beat the second album on the chart, Panic at the Disco’s “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die,” which sold 84,000 copies and was also a debut.
It’s fairly surprising and pretty tremendous to see that so many people – celebrities included – have yet to realize that Cyrus’ act, which so far seems to be comprised of not give a flying you-know-what about what anyone thinks, is a pretty conspicuous strategy to sell her album.
And it has completely worked.
At the same time, though, “Bangerz” is a legitimately solid album, showcasing Cyrus’ range but also her instinctual weirdness.
She has her detractors like any big pop star, but her ability to ruffle everyone’s feathers by doing just about anything will likely have her in the spotlight for a while.
And when it comes to developing a public personality that will help Cyrus sell records and differentiate herself from the millions of other pop artists out there, she’s certainly doing it right.