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This article is about the Miley Cyrus album. Bangerz_sentence_0

For the musical group, see The Bangerz. Bangerz_sentence_1

For other uses, see Bangerz (disambiguation). Bangerz_sentence_2

Bangerz is the fourth studio album by American singer Miley Cyrus. Bangerz_sentence_3

It was released on September 30, 2013, by RCA Records. Bangerz_sentence_4

It is her first studio album since 2010's Can't Be Tamed. Bangerz_sentence_5

Opting to re-establish her music career instead of focusing on her acting career as originally planned, Cyrus began planning the project in late 2012. Bangerz_sentence_6

Work continued into 2013 when she joined RCA Records. Bangerz_sentence_7

Described by Cyrus as "dirty south hip-hop", Bangerz represents a musical departure from her earlier works, which she had grown to feel "disconnected" from. Bangerz_sentence_8

As executive producers, Cyrus and Mike Will Made It collaborated with hip hop producers including Pharrell Williams to achieve Cyrus' desired new sound. Bangerz_sentence_9

Their efforts resulted in a primarily pop and R&B record, with lyrical themes that revolve largely around romance. Bangerz_sentence_10

It features guest vocals from several new partners, including pop singer Britney Spears and rappers Big Sean, French Montana, Future, Ludacris, and Nelly. Bangerz_sentence_11

Cyrus co-wrote 12 out of 16 tracks. Bangerz_sentence_12

Upon its release, Bangerz received mixed reviews from music critics, who praised its overall production and originality, as well as the evolution of Cyrus' public persona. Bangerz_sentence_13

The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 270,000 copies. Bangerz_sentence_14

In doing so, it became Cyrus' fifth number-one album, including earlier soundtracks in which she performed as her character Hannah Montana. Bangerz_sentence_15

It was the third-highest opening week for a female artist in 2013 behind Beyoncé's self-titled album and Katy Perry's Prism, and was later certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) after moving three million album-equivalent units. Bangerz_sentence_16

The album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, marking the first Grammy nomination of Cyrus' career. Bangerz_sentence_17

"We Can't Stop" was released as the lead single from Bangerz on June 3, 2013, and peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Bangerz_sentence_18

The second single "Wrecking Ball" was released on August 25, 2013, and became Cyrus' first number-one single in the United States. Bangerz_sentence_19

Its accompanying music video held the record for the fastest video to reach 100 million views on Vevo being beaten by Adele's "Hello" music video in 2015, it also earned Cyrus the award for "Video of the Year" at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Bangerz_sentence_20

"Adore You" was serviced as the third single from the record on December 17, 2013 and was certified 2x Platinum in the US. Bangerz_sentence_21

Promotional efforts for Bangerz continued to associate Cyrus with an increasingly provocative image, an effort first begun with her third record, Can't Be Tamed (2010). Bangerz_sentence_22

She garnered widespread media attention through a controversial performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, and was later the host and musical guest during an episode of Saturday Night Live. Bangerz_sentence_23

Cyrus further promoted the album with her fourth concert tour, the Bangerz Tour. Bangerz_sentence_24

Background and production Bangerz_section_0

In 2012, Cyrus announced plans to focus on her film career, effectively putting her musical endeavors on hiatus. Bangerz_sentence_25

That year, she appeared in the films LOL and So Undercover. Bangerz_sentence_26

She was also confirmed as a primary voice actress in the feature film Hotel Transylvania, but was fired from the project due to a scandal involving her licking a suggestive cake. Bangerz_sentence_27

This fallout ended up serving her well to coordinate a musical comeback. Bangerz_sentence_28

In January 2013, Cyrus signed a recording contract with RCA Records. Bangerz_sentence_29

In March, she confirmed that her fourth studio album would be released by the end of 2013. Bangerz_sentence_30

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. Bangerz_sentence_31

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 Hannah Montana. Bangerz_sentence_32

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." Bangerz_sentence_33

She said the album was influenced by Motown Sound. Bangerz_sentence_34

Musical acts which inspired the album included OneRepublic and Timbaland. Bangerz_sentence_35

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". Bangerz_sentence_36

To achieve this sound, Cyrus worked with various hip hop producers including Mike Will Made It, Mac Miller, Pharrell Williams, and Tyler, the Creator in cities including Atlanta, Georgia. Bangerz_sentence_37

They helped her to incorporate hip hop music elements into the project, which Cyrus acknowledged resulted in a "really different sound". Bangerz_sentence_38

Cyrus further commented that her project would "shut everyone up", and later compared the record to Bad (1987) by Michael Jackson, in that "people still are listening to [it] because it's so fucking dope" and "[wants] people to listen to [her] album like that." Bangerz_sentence_39

She also expressed her desire to "set a new standard for pop music". Bangerz_sentence_40

Producer Sean Garrett called the record "fun [and] exciting", and stated that a collaboration that Cyrus recorded with Britney Spears would appear on the final track listing. Bangerz_sentence_41

Mike Will Made It explained that the title for the album was decided upon after realizing that "whole album was bangers". Bangerz_sentence_42

Release and artwork Bangerz_section_1


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On August 6, 2013, after reaching 13 million followers on Twitter, Cyrus tweeted that the record would be titled Bangerz. Bangerz_sentence_43

Its cover sleeve and images were shot by British photographer Tyrone Lebon; several unused pictures from the photo shoot surfaced online on June 5, 2014. Bangerz_sentence_44

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. Bangerz_sentence_45

It was described as being reminiscent of the 1980s television series Miami Vice and an unexpected choice given her recent influence by hip hop culture. Bangerz_sentence_46

Later on August 25, Bangerz was made available for pre-order through the iTunes Store. Bangerz_sentence_47

She later confirmed that it would be released on October 8, 2013 in the United States. Bangerz_sentence_48

After her music video for the track "Wrecking Ball" broke the Vevo 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. Bangerz_sentence_49

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. Bangerz_sentence_50

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. Bangerz_sentence_51

A third depicts a close-up of Cyrus surrounded by roses, while a fourth highlights a topless Cyrus covering her chest. Bangerz_sentence_52

The topless cover is featured for an online-exclusive edition of the record and is also the primary visual for the vinyl pressings, released on November 26 through Cyrus' online store. Bangerz_sentence_53

It was compared to her music video for "Wrecking Ball", which also showcased an unclothed Cyrus, while the others were deemed conservative by comparison. Bangerz_sentence_54

A page of stickers is packaged with the deluxe version of the album. Bangerz_sentence_55

On October 15, it was announced through Cyrus' Facebook profile that the original deluxe artwork would remain the official cover. Bangerz_sentence_56

The record is additionally marked with the Parental Advisory label, affixed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to identify explicit content. Bangerz_sentence_57

On September 29, 30-second snippets of each track on Bangerz were made available through AllMusic. Bangerz_sentence_58

The following day, the full record was made available for streaming through the iTunes Store and iTunes Radio. Bangerz_sentence_59

On April 22, 2017, the album was rereleased on vinyl for Record Store Day. Bangerz_sentence_60

Composition Bangerz_section_2

Music and lyrics Bangerz_section_3

Bangerz is primarily a pop and R&B record, which also integrates elements of hip hop, synthpop and country music. Bangerz_sentence_61

During an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on October 10, host Ellen DeGeneres asked Cyrus if the record was inspired by her relationship with Liam Hemsworth, 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" ..... Bangerz_sentence_62

I think I knew more intuitively where my life was going than I actually thought I did at the time." Bangerz_sentence_63

Songs and lyrical content Bangerz_section_4

The record opens with "Adore You", a pop and R&B ballad, which lyrically addresses a lover through lyrics including "We were meant to be/In holy matrimony". Bangerz_sentence_64

Nick Catucci from Entertainment Weekly opined that the track allowed Cyrus to showcase her vocal abilities. Bangerz_sentence_65

"We Can't Stop" is a midtempo pop, and R&B with influences from EDM and hip hop song that lyrically discusses the events of a house party. Bangerz_sentence_66

Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times calling the song "the calmest, most clear-eyed rebel yell since Janet Jackson's 'Control'." Bangerz_sentence_67

Catucci described "SMS (Bangerz)" as a "merry rap-off" with pop singer Britney Spears, who appears as a guest vocalist in the second verse. Bangerz_sentence_68

"4x4" features hip hop recording artist Nelly, and lyrically discusses the story of a "female rebel" looking to find bail for her romantic partner. Bangerz_sentence_69

Subtle country music elements are present throughout the song. Bangerz_sentence_70

"My Darlin'" features Future; Cyrus' vocal abilities were complimented, though were deemed to be overpowered by a "sea of blinking synths and unthawed crooning". Bangerz_sentence_71

"Wrecking Ball" is a synthpop ballad speaking of a failed relationship. Bangerz_sentence_72

The seventh track "Love Money Party" features Big Sean, and incorporates a "grimy, haunted-house beat". Bangerz_sentence_73

Jason Lipshutz from Billboard noted that Cyrus appeared more comfortable with rapping in the recording, compared to an earlier performance on the Mike Will Made It single "23". Bangerz_sentence_74

"#GetItRight" is a "stylish breeze" that sees the inclusion of "whistling [...] and a chopped guitar lick". Bangerz_sentence_75

It was described as being reminiscent of "Twisted" by Usher and "Kickin' In" by Adam Lambert, all three of which were produced by Pharrell Williams. Bangerz_sentence_76

Cyrus stated that "Drive" was inspired by "needing to leave someone but not really wanting to completely cut yourself off from the relationship." Bangerz_sentence_77

Her comments were assumed to reference her engagement to Hemsworth by the media. Bangerz_sentence_78

The tenth track "FU" features French Montana, and according to Catucci, blends "starry Adele-style sass and a French Montana verse into expertly inlaid dubstep wub-wubs". Bangerz_sentence_79

He went on to describe "Do My Thang" as a "ripping dance track", while Lipshutz recognized influences from "gooey synthesizers and snapping percussion". Bangerz_sentence_80

"Maybe You're Right" incorporates drum instrumentation with "hints of gospel influence", and was also questioned to be addressing Hemsworth. Bangerz_sentence_81

The thirteenth and final track "Someone Else" combines hip hop and synthpop styles, and lyrically discusses Cyrus' evolving public image. Bangerz_sentence_82

Singles Bangerz_section_5

"We Can't Stop" was released as the lead single from Bangerz on June 3, 2013. Bangerz_sentence_83

It received generally mixed reviews from music critics, who were ambivalent towards its production and lyrics. Bangerz_sentence_84

The song peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, tying it with "Party in the U.S.A." as Cyrus' highest-peaking single in the country at the time. Bangerz_sentence_85

Internationally, it enjoyed varying success across Europe and Oceania, and peaked at number one in New Zealand. Bangerz_sentence_86

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 Can't Be Tamed (2010). Bangerz_sentence_87

With 10.7 million views in its first day, the clip briefly held the Vevo record for the most views in 24 hours, before being surpassed by "Best Song Ever" by One Direction. Bangerz_sentence_88

It was also the fastest video to reach 100 million views, having done so in 37 days. Bangerz_sentence_89

"Wrecking Ball" was released as the album's second single on August 25, 2013. Bangerz_sentence_90

The song peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cyrus' first single to do so in the United States. Bangerz_sentence_91

It additionally peaked within the top-twenty of several international singles charts, and reached at number 2 in Australia and New Zealand. Bangerz_sentence_92

The accompanying music video was released on September 9, 2013, and garnered significant media attention for showcasing a nude Cyrus. Bangerz_sentence_93

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. Bangerz_sentence_94

The first-day viewing record was later surpassed by the visuals for "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj in August 2014, which received 19.6 million views, upon its premiere. Bangerz_sentence_95

On December 4, 2013, "Wrecking Ball" returned to the peak position of the Billboard Hot 100 with assistance from online streaming of a viral Chatroulette parody video, and consequently became the largest gap between number-one sittings in Billboard history. Bangerz_sentence_96

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. Bangerz_sentence_97

"Adore You" was released as the third and final single from Bangerz; it was serviced to contemporary hit radio stations on December 17, 2013. Bangerz_sentence_98

It received generally favorable reviews, with critics appreciating its mid-tempo production, although they criticized the use of Auto-Tune in its vocals. Bangerz_sentence_99

The accompanying music video was leaked on the evening of December 25, and was officially premiered on the morning of December 26. Bangerz_sentence_100

The clip depicts Cyrus suggestively posing in a bed and a bathtub, and is interspersed with night vision footage that appears to simulate a sex tape. Bangerz_sentence_101

Prior to being officially released as a single, the song debuted at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100; it peaked at number 21. Bangerz_sentence_102

The remix for "Adore You", was produced by Cedric Gervais, and premiered online on February 13, 2014; it was officially released on Beatport through his label Spinnin' Records on March 3. Bangerz_sentence_103

Promotion Bangerz_section_6

Cyrus first performed "We Can't Stop" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Bangerz_sentence_104

on June 26, 2013 and on Good Morning America the following day. Bangerz_sentence_105

In August 2013, she became the subject of widespread media attention and public scrutiny following a controversial performance and duet with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center in New York City. Bangerz_sentence_106

The performance began with Cyrus performing "We Can't Stop" in bear-themed attire. Bangerz_sentence_107

Halfway through the act, Cyrus stripped down to a skin-colored two-piece outfit as Thicke joined her on state to perform "Blurred Lines". Bangerz_sentence_108

Cyrus subsequently touched Thicke's crotch area with a giant foam finger and twerked against his crotch. Bangerz_sentence_109

An article published in The Hollywood Reporter described the performance as "crass" and "reminiscent of a bad acid trip". Bangerz_sentence_110

Media attention of the performance largely overshadowed the attention that was given to other major events of the night, such as the reunion of NSYNC and performances by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Bangerz_sentence_111

The performance was described by XXL 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". Bangerz_sentence_112

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 Super Bowl XLVII halftime show featuring Beyoncé, generated 268,000 tweets per minute. Bangerz_sentence_113

According to Forbes, Cyrus' performance resulted in a gain of over 213,000 Twitter followers, 226,000 likes on Facebook, and 90,000 downloads of her new promotional single, "Wrecking Ball", within days of the controversial performance. Bangerz_sentence_114

This amounted to a total 112% increase in Cyrus' social media activity. Bangerz_sentence_115

In September 2013, Cyrus sang "We Can't Stop" on Schlag den Raab in Germany (September 7), Le Grand Journal in France (September 9), and Alan Carr: Chatty Man in England (September 13). Bangerz_sentence_116

On September 21, she performed twice at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, in the afternoon at festival village and in the evening at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Bangerz_sentence_117

During both shows she sang "We Can't Stop" and, for the first time, "Wrecking Ball". Bangerz_sentence_118

Despite generating media attention for a provocative wardrobe, the performance was considered to be "fairly tame considering the VMAs." Bangerz_sentence_119

On October 5, Cyrus served as the host and musical guest during an episode of Saturday Night Live. Bangerz_sentence_120

She appeared in several sketches, including a parody of "We Can't Stop" titled "We Did Stop (The Government)", referencing the federal government shutdown, and performed an acoustic version of "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball". Bangerz_sentence_121

The following Monday, Cyrus performed both singles on Today as part of their Toyota Concert Series. Bangerz_sentence_122

She held an album signing on October 8 at Planet Hollywood in Times Square, and also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen DeGeneres Show later that month, also singing both singles there. Bangerz_sentence_123

Bangerz was additionally promoted through the documentary Miley: The Movement, which premiered through MTV on October 2; it covered the production of the project and the lead-up to its release. Bangerz_sentence_124

In November, Cyrus traveled to Europe again to sing both "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam on November 10; she garnered media attention for smoking a joint of marijuana on-stage while accepting the Best Video Award for the latter single. Bangerz_sentence_125

During her trip, she also performed "Wrecking Ball" on Wetten, dass..? Bangerz_sentence_126

in Germany (November 9), BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge in London (November 12), and the 2013 Bambi Awards in Germany (November 14). Bangerz_sentence_127

On November 17, she performed "Wrecking Ball" on The X Factor in London. Bangerz_sentence_128

After being criticized for delivering a lackluster vocal performance, Cyrus was placed under "vocal rest" by her doctors in preparation of the Bangerz Tour. Bangerz_sentence_129

On November 24, Cyrus performed "Wrecking Ball" at the 2013 American Music Awards; a digitally animated cat projected on the screen behind her lip-synced the lyrics alongside Cyrus. Bangerz_sentence_130

In December, she performed at Jingle Ball concerts in Los Angeles (KIIS-FM Jingle Ball), Saint Paul, Atlanta, New York City, Washington, D.C., Tampa and Sunrise. Bangerz_sentence_131

She was expected to perform in Boston during the series, although her flight from New York City was cancelled due to Winter Storm Electra and was therefore unable to attend. Bangerz_sentence_132

Cyrus also performed "#GetItRight" and "Wrecking Ball" on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square on December 31; she had previously been expected to perform at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach with Pharrell Williams. Bangerz_sentence_133

On January 25, 2014, Cyrus sang "#GetItRight" during Clive Davis' party the evening before the 56th Annual Grammy Awards; after an unenthusiastic response from the audience, she performed a cover version of "Jolene" by Dolly Parton which received a more favorable reception. Bangerz_sentence_134

An episode of MTV Unplugged starring Cyrus premiered through MTV on January 29. Bangerz_sentence_135

She performed acoustic versions of "Adore You", "SMS (Bangerz)", "4x4", "Wrecking Ball", "#GetItRight", "Drive", "Do My Thang", and "Rooting for My Baby". Bangerz_sentence_136

Cyrus also performed a cover version of "Jolene", while Madonna appeared as a surprise guest that evening to sing a medley of Cyrus "We Can't Stop" and her own "Don't Tell Me". Bangerz_sentence_137

An uncensored version of the special was released online on February 6, and included an additional cover version of "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" Bangerz_sentence_138

by the Arctic Monkeys. Bangerz_sentence_139

Cyrus performed "Wrecking Ball" during the 2014 World Music Awards in Monte-Carlo on May 27. Bangerz_sentence_140

Cyrus participated in the Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London on June 21, where she sang "SMS (Bangerz)", "4x4", "Love Money Party", "Wrecking Ball", "We Can't Stop" and "Party In The USA". Bangerz_sentence_141

Tour Bangerz_section_7

Main article: Bangerz Tour Bangerz_sentence_142

During her appearance on Today on October 7, Cyrus first mentioned her intentions to tour in 2014. Bangerz_sentence_143

On October 26, she made a surprise appearance on another episode of Saturday Night Live to officially announce the Bangerz Tour. Bangerz_sentence_144

It was promoted by the American entertainment company Live Nation Entertainment, which was reported to be paying Cyrus $500,000 per presentation. Bangerz_sentence_145

The first leg of the tour visited North America and was originally scheduled to include thirty-eight shows, for which Swedish duo Icona Pop and American recording artist Sky Ferreira were announced as its opening acts. Bangerz_sentence_146

Tickets for the North American leg became available for purchase on November 16; it began at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on February 14, 2014, and was originally planned conclude on April 24 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Bangerz_sentence_147

However, several showings were postponed after Cyrus experienced an allergic reaction to medication on April 15. Bangerz_sentence_148

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 United Center in Chicago. Bangerz_sentence_149

The second leg of the tour visited Europe and included eighteen shows, for which tickets became available for purchase on December 13. Bangerz_sentence_150

It began on May 6 at The O2 Arena in London, and concluded on June 22 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. Bangerz_sentence_151

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 NBC in the United States. Bangerz_sentence_152

The tour resumed on August 1 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale and concluded on October 23 at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. Bangerz_sentence_153

Critical reception Bangerz_section_8


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PopMattersBangerz_cell_1_11_0 4/10Bangerz_cell_1_11_1
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Bangerz received mixed reviews from music critics. Bangerz_sentence_154

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 61, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 21 reviews. Bangerz_sentence_155

Writing for AllMusic, 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." Bangerz_sentence_156

Jason Lipshutz of Billboard complimented the album for being "fiercely individual", but stated that the "dramatic breakup songs" became repetitive. Bangerz_sentence_157

Lipshutz stated that the album is "neither the best nor worst pop album" released in 2013, and stated power ballad songs like "Wrecking Ball" would increase her career longevity. Bangerz_sentence_158

Nick Catucci of Entertainment Weekly 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 Disney Channel. Bangerz_sentence_159

Mikael Wood from the Los Angeles Times 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 Janet Jackson's 'Control.' Bangerz_sentence_160

An album beyond its years." Bangerz_sentence_161

Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan complimented the album's "wide-ranging production", labeling it a "Rihanna-meets-Gaga-meets-Pink-meets-Britney party grenade of a record". Bangerz_sentence_162

Writing for Fact, 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." Bangerz_sentence_163

Caroline Sullivan from The Guardian shared a similar sentiment, but also concluded that the overall record held "more hits than misses". Bangerz_sentence_164

John Murphy of musicOMH 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". Bangerz_sentence_165

Caitlin White from Consequence of Sound praised the album saying that "though gawky and unwieldy, this is a portrait of a woman with fierce, interesting instincts". Bangerz_sentence_166

Kitty Empire from The Observer was more negative of Bangerz, stating that the project "feels stitched together in the dark, and the attention-seeking begins to grate." Bangerz_sentence_167

Elysa Gardner for USA Today described the record's composition as "mediocre" and consisting of "competent, mostly generic tunes". Bangerz_sentence_168

Jessica Hopper from Spin was also more negative of the record, remarking that it is a "precise album that flits between bombastic and turgid" and "is very fun". Bangerz_sentence_169

Accolades Bangerz_section_9

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". Bangerz_sentence_170

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". Bangerz_sentence_171

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". Bangerz_sentence_172

Ann Powers from NPR 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 Associated Press ranked it ninth for being "banging". Bangerz_sentence_173

Joey Guerra from Houston Chronicle 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 Gaga, Katy and Britney." Bangerz_sentence_174

FACT Magazine ranked Bangerz forty-ninth on their list of the fifty best albums of 2013, stating that "in a year where few albums from pop music’s big names lived up to potential (step forward Gaga, Britney and Jay-Z), Miley Cyrus undoubtedly ruled the roost". Bangerz_sentence_175

Billboard listed Bangerz at number ninety-one on their list of the 100 best albums of the 2010s pointing that "with this pivotal album release, Cyrus took control of her public persona, surprising less with her provocative antics than with her constant artistic evolution." Bangerz_sentence_176

Consequence of Sound ranked Bangerz twentieth on their list of the 25 best pop albums of the 2010s. Bangerz_sentence_177

Awards Bangerz_section_10


YearBangerz_header_cell_2_0_0 OrganizationBangerz_header_cell_2_0_1 AwardBangerz_header_cell_2_0_2 ResultBangerz_header_cell_2_0_3
2014Bangerz_cell_2_1_0 People's Choice AwardsBangerz_cell_2_1_1 Favorite AlbumBangerz_cell_2_1_2 NominatedBangerz_cell_2_1_3
World Music AwardsBangerz_cell_2_2_0 World's Best AlbumBangerz_cell_2_2_1 NominatedBangerz_cell_2_2_2
2015Bangerz_cell_2_3_0 Grammy AwardsBangerz_cell_2_3_1 Best Pop Vocal AlbumBangerz_cell_2_3_2 NominatedBangerz_cell_2_3_3

Year-end lists Bangerz_section_11


PublicationBangerz_header_cell_3_0_0 ListBangerz_header_cell_3_0_1 RankBangerz_header_cell_3_0_2 Ref.Bangerz_header_cell_3_0_3
AmazonBangerz_cell_3_1_0 Amazon's 100 Best Albums of 2013Bangerz_cell_3_1_1 18Bangerz_cell_3_1_2 Bangerz_cell_3_1_3
Associated PressBangerz_cell_3_2_0 Top 10 Albums of the YearBangerz_cell_3_2_1 9Bangerz_cell_3_2_2 Bangerz_cell_3_2_3
Entertainment WeeklyBangerz_cell_3_3_0 10 Best Albums of 2013Bangerz_cell_3_3_1 3Bangerz_cell_3_3_2 Bangerz_cell_3_3_3
FACT MagazineBangerz_cell_3_4_0 50 Best Albums of 2013Bangerz_cell_3_4_1 49Bangerz_cell_3_4_2 Bangerz_cell_3_4_3
The GuardianBangerz_cell_3_5_0 Best Albums of 2013Bangerz_cell_3_5_1 34Bangerz_cell_3_5_2 Bangerz_cell_3_5_3
Houston ChronicleBangerz_cell_3_6_0 Best Albums of 2013Bangerz_cell_3_6_1 4Bangerz_cell_3_6_2 Bangerz_cell_3_6_3
NPRBangerz_cell_3_7_0 Ann Powers' Top 10 Albums of 2013Bangerz_cell_3_7_1 10Bangerz_cell_3_7_2 Bangerz_cell_3_7_3
Rolling StoneBangerz_cell_3_8_0 50 Best Albums of 2013Bangerz_cell_3_8_1 27Bangerz_cell_3_8_2 Bangerz_cell_3_8_3
Rob Sheffield’s Top 20 Albums of 2013Bangerz_cell_3_9_0 4Bangerz_cell_3_9_1 Bangerz_cell_3_9_2

Decade-end lists Bangerz_section_12


PublicationBangerz_header_cell_4_0_0 ListBangerz_header_cell_4_0_1 RankBangerz_header_cell_4_0_2 Ref.Bangerz_header_cell_4_0_3
BillboardBangerz_cell_4_1_0 Billboard's 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010sBangerz_cell_4_1_1 91Bangerz_cell_4_1_2 Bangerz_cell_4_1_3
Consequence of SoundBangerz_cell_4_2_0 Top 25 Pop Albums of the 2010sBangerz_cell_4_2_1 20Bangerz_cell_4_2_2 Bangerz_cell_4_2_3

Commercial performance Bangerz_section_13

In the United States on the issue dated October 16, Bangerz debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 270,000 copies. Bangerz_sentence_178

In doing so, Cyrus attained her fifth non-consecutive number-one album in the country. Bangerz_sentence_179

The figure includes her first and second studio albums Meet Miley Cyrus (2007) and Breakout (2008), in addition to the soundtracks Hannah Montana (2006) and Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009), in which Cyrus was credited as her former titular character Hannah Montana. Bangerz_sentence_180

Furthermore, the record sold 168,000 more copies than her previous effort Can't Be Tamed (2010), and became the best-selling debut week for a female artist in 2013. Bangerz_sentence_181

Three weeks later, this feat was surpassed by Katy Perry after her fourth studio album Prism (2013) debuted at number one with first-week sales of 286,000 copies. Bangerz_sentence_182

In December, both women were surpassed by Beyoncé after her fifth studio album Beyoncé (2013) was unexpectedly released on the iTunes Store and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with three-day sales of 617,000 copies. Bangerz_sentence_183

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. Bangerz_sentence_184

As of February 2014, Bangerz has sold one million copies in the United States, and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Bangerz_sentence_185

It also debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, where it was eventually certified double platinum, and entered the Top 100 Mexico chart at number three. Bangerz_sentence_186

Bangerz charted moderately throughout Europe. Bangerz_sentence_187

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. Bangerz_sentence_188

The album was later recognized with a silver certification. Bangerz_sentence_189

It also reached the peak position in Ireland, Norway, and Scotland. Bangerz_sentence_190

Furthermore, it respectively debuted at numbers two and three in Spain and Italy. Bangerz_sentence_191

The album peaked at number four on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 and the Swedish Sverigetopplistan. Bangerz_sentence_192

It also debuted at number four on the Portuguese Albums Chart. Bangerz_sentence_193

The album also reached number six on the Dutch MegaCharts, number seven on the Swiss Music Charts, number eight on the Hungarian MAHASZ, and number three on the Danish Hitlisten and number nine on both the French Albums Chart and the German Media Control Charts. Bangerz_sentence_194

In Belgium, the record respectively peaked at numbers eight and nineteen in Flanders and Wallonia. Bangerz_sentence_195

The album reached number 23 on The Official Finnish Charts, and debuted at number 45 on the Polish ZPAV. Bangerz_sentence_196

In South America, Bangerz charted at number one on the Argentinian CAPIF chart and the Brazilian ABPD chart. Bangerz_sentence_197

The record experienced similar success in Oceania, where it debuted in the peak position of the Australian ARIA Charts and reached number two in New Zealand. Bangerz_sentence_198

In the latter country, it was certified gold. Bangerz_sentence_199

Impact Bangerz_section_14

Bangerz and its promotional events have been largely credited with establishing a sexually provocative image for Cyrus. Bangerz_sentence_200

Zack O'Malley Greenburg from Forbes 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 Hannah Montana." Bangerz_sentence_201

John Murphy from MusicOMH 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 PR operation." Bangerz_sentence_202

Andrew Unterberger of Billboard felt that Bangerz developed the maturing image for Cyrus that her third album Can't Be Tamed (2010) failed to accomplish. Bangerz_sentence_203

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. Bangerz_sentence_204

Marlow Stern from The Daily Beast 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". Bangerz_sentence_205

Zack O'Malley Greenburg of Forbes commented that despite widespread criticism of "chasing YouTube views and record sales at the expense of her image", the "new Cyrus" appears "marketable as ever." Bangerz_sentence_206

Writing for Glamour, Mickey Woods compared the promotional "era" for Bangerz to those of Britney Spears' and Christina Aguilera's third and fourth studio albums Britney (2001) and Stripped (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." Bangerz_sentence_207

Mark Jacobs of V likened the album to Control (1986) by Janet Jackson, in that Cyrus was "an artist coming into her own" in a fashion similar to Jackson. Bangerz_sentence_208

Patrick Ryan of USA Today commented that Cyrus' collaborations with Mike Will Made It 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". Bangerz_sentence_209

From a commercial standpoint, however, Suzanne Cowie of Babble suggested that Cyrus' opening-week sales figures and subsequent decline supported the idea that the studio album format is reaching its end, having used her example to exemplify that "consumers are only interested in the single". Bangerz_sentence_210

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 digital downloads 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." Bangerz_sentence_211

In December 2013 MTV named Cyrus as their Best Artist of 2013, for which criteria including Bangerz's sales were taken into consideration. Bangerz_sentence_212

James Montgomery from MTV News 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." Bangerz_sentence_213

In early December 2013, Cyrus was listed in the top ten finalists for Time Person of the Year, the only enterteiner in the list, though she lost to Pope Francis; she was also listed on Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating People of the Year". Bangerz_sentence_214

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." Bangerz_sentence_215

Cyrus was also the most-searched person of the year on Google, 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." Bangerz_sentence_216

Track listing Bangerz_section_15

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bangerz. Bangerz_sentence_217

Notes Bangerz_sentence_218


  • signifies a co-producerBangerz_item_0_0
  • signifies a vocal producerBangerz_item_0_1
  • signifies an additional producerBangerz_item_0_2
  • "GetItRight" is stylized as "#GETITRIGHT".Bangerz_item_0_3

Sampling credits Bangerz_sentence_219


  • "We Can't Stop" contains a portion of the composition "La Di Da Di", written by Douglas Davis and Ricky Walters.Bangerz_item_1_4
  • "My Darlin'" contains a portion of the composition "Stand by Me", written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Ben E. King.Bangerz_item_1_5
  • "SMS (Bangerz)" contains a portion of the composition "Push It", written by Hurby Azor and Ray Davies.Bangerz_item_1_6

Credits and personnel Bangerz_section_16

Management Bangerz_sentence_220

Vocals Bangerz_sentence_221

Production Bangerz_sentence_222

Instrumentation Bangerz_sentence_223

Credits adapted from Bangerz liner notes. Bangerz_sentence_224

Charts Bangerz_section_17

Certifications Bangerz_section_18


RegionBangerz_header_cell_5_0_0 CertificationBangerz_header_cell_5_0_1 Certified units/salesBangerz_header_cell_5_0_2
Australia (ARIA)Bangerz_header_cell_5_1_0 PlatinumBangerz_cell_5_1_1 70,000Bangerz_cell_5_1_2
Austria (IFPI Austria)Bangerz_header_cell_5_2_0 GoldBangerz_cell_5_2_1 7,500Bangerz_cell_5_2_2
Canada (Music Canada)Bangerz_header_cell_5_3_0 2× PlatinumBangerz_cell_5_3_1 160,000Bangerz_cell_5_3_2
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)Bangerz_header_cell_5_4_0 GoldBangerz_cell_5_4_1 10,000Bangerz_cell_5_4_2
Italy (FIMI)Bangerz_header_cell_5_5_0 GoldBangerz_cell_5_5_1 30,000Bangerz_cell_5_5_2
Mexico (AMPROFON)Bangerz_header_cell_5_6_0 3× PlatinumBangerz_cell_5_6_1 180,000Bangerz_cell_5_6_2
Norway (IFPI Norway)Bangerz_header_cell_5_7_0 4× PlatinumBangerz_cell_5_7_1 80,000Bangerz_cell_5_7_2
Poland (ZPAV)Bangerz_header_cell_5_8_0 PlatinumBangerz_cell_5_8_1 20,000Bangerz_cell_5_8_2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)Bangerz_header_cell_5_9_0 GoldBangerz_cell_5_9_1 20,000Bangerz_cell_5_9_2
Sweden (GLF)Bangerz_header_cell_5_10_0 PlatinumBangerz_cell_5_10_1 40,000Bangerz_cell_5_10_2
United Kingdom (BPI)Bangerz_header_cell_5_11_0 GoldBangerz_cell_5_11_1 100,000Bangerz_cell_5_11_2
United States (RIAA)Bangerz_header_cell_5_12_0 3× PlatinumBangerz_cell_5_12_1 3,000,000Bangerz_cell_5_12_2
sales figures based on certification alone

shipments figures based on certification alone sales+streaming figures based on certification aloneBangerz_cell_5_13_0

Release history Bangerz_section_19


CountryBangerz_header_cell_6_0_0 DateBangerz_header_cell_6_0_1 VersionBangerz_header_cell_6_0_2 FormatBangerz_header_cell_6_0_3 LabelBangerz_header_cell_6_0_4
WorldwideBangerz_header_cell_6_1_0 September 30, 2013 (Streaming)Bangerz_cell_6_1_1 Bangerz_cell_6_1_2 Bangerz_cell_6_1_3 SonyBangerz_cell_6_1_4
United KingdomBangerz_header_cell_6_2_0 October 4, 2013Bangerz_cell_6_2_1 RCABangerz_cell_6_2_2
Hong KongBangerz_header_cell_6_3_0 SonyBangerz_cell_6_3_1
United StatesBangerz_header_cell_6_4_0 October 8, 2013Bangerz_cell_6_4_1 RCABangerz_cell_6_4_2
FinlandBangerz_header_cell_6_5_0 October 11, 2013Bangerz_cell_6_5_1 SonyBangerz_cell_6_5_2
JapanBangerz_header_cell_6_6_0 October 23, 2013Bangerz_cell_6_6_1 Sony JapanBangerz_cell_6_6_2
United StatesBangerz_header_cell_6_7_0 November 26, 2013Bangerz_cell_6_7_1 DeluxeBangerz_cell_6_7_2 Picture discBangerz_cell_6_7_3 RCABangerz_cell_6_7_4
April 22, 2017Bangerz_cell_6_8_0 LPBangerz_cell_6_8_1

See also Bangerz_section_20


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