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Miley's Achy Break From Daddy

3/13/2008 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Miley Cyrus is wisely distancing herself from the song that made her dad Billy Ray a one-hit wonder.


While she's at it, staying away from his '90s era mullet may be a good call too.

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Whatafreak    

Big Miley and Billy Ray fan here.. I love them!!

2226 days ago
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Charlotte    

Miley Ray Cyrus Set To Become a Billionaire By The Time She Hits Adulthood

Who needs men to drive the box office when you’ve got Miley Ray Cyrus (better known to legions of pint-size fans as Hannah Montana), a multimedia starlet who is on track to be a billionaire by the time she hits 18.

The day after Super Bowl XLII, Cyrus — or Hannah Montana, the character she plays on the hit Disney Channel TV show — stole headlines away from one of the most memorable upsets in the history of the National Football League. Her film, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, became the No. 1 movie at the box office, earning $31.1 million in three days.

Hannah Montana was shown only at 683 specially-equipped Digital 3-D theatres and moviegoers paid on average $15 per ticket (the national average is closer to $7), but it still set a slew of records: highest box-office total for Super Bowl weekend; highest-grossing opening for a Digital 3-D movie; and highest per-screen average ever — $42,000 per screen trounced the record of $35,000 set by Spider-Man 3 last year. Originally limited to a one-week engagement, the film has now been extended indefinitely. (For more on her movie's effect on U2 3D, read "Hannah Montana Vs. U2.")

Cyrus, daughter of ’90s country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus, who co-stars as her on-screen father, wasn’t done: That same Monday, the movie raked in another $3.3 million. And Tuesday, it earned another $2.8 million, leaving Hollywood insiders scratching their heads. “It was unexpected,” said Jeff Bock, a box-office analyst for Los Angeles-based Exhibitor Relations, “especially for a film targeting young females, which the studios usually don’t target.”

Michael Wood, vice president of TRU, a market-research firm based in Northbrook, Illinois, specializing in tween and youth audiences, says he sees Cyrus on her way to billion-dollar status. “At this rate, she’s certainly positioned to,” Wood says. “I don’t see this ending anytime soon. This is not a fluke.”

Films are just one aspect of the cultural and corporate phenomena that is Hannah Montana. Her talents and earning potential span the spectrum of the entertainment industry in a way that few tween or teen stars — including her fellow minimoguls, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose Dualstar Entertainment is a billion-dollar-a-year merchandise business — ever have.

“She’s moved into the space that the Olsen twins used to own,” Wood says. “She has almost more potential. The Olsen twins’ empire was built slowly over many years. But Hannah Montana has risen so quickly she’s exploded into every genre.”

Since her eponymous show debuted in 2006 as the No. 1 cable show for kids age 6-14, she’s had two chart-topping CDs, Hannah Montana and Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (more than 8 million copies sold worldwide); four bestselling DVDs (more than 2.5 million copies sold); a series of young adult novels (3.7 million copies and counting); video games (1.7 million sold); and a sold-out national tour that has been expanded to 70 dates (and has already generated more than $24 million).

She landed on Billboard’s list of the 20 top-earning artists of 2007 in the No. 11 spot with $64 million from her CD sales and tour receipts, which was good enough to leapfrog over veteran road acts like Faith Hill and Bon Jovi. Perhaps the Olsen twins comparison is a bit unfair — to the Olsens. “This is more like Beatlemania,” says Wood.

Disney has launched a line of Hannah Montana-inspired merchandise — 140 items, including clothes, watches, bedding, luggage, shoes, makeup, spa kits, and toys. These products sell in mass-market retailers like Macy’s, Kmart, and Target, and on January 29 Wal-Mart announced that it would be creating specialized Hannah Montana boutiques within many of its 750 U.S. stores, insuring that the global retail powerhouse would become Hannah Montana central.

Even in the annals of Disney’s vaunted history of childhood icons, there’s never been anyone quite like Hannah Montana. “Miley is the first star to have multiple deals across several aspects of the company, including TV, film, music, and consumer products,” said Patti McTeague, a spokesperson for the Disney Channel. While she notes that the company has had recent success with tween stars like Hilary Duff and Raven Simone, both of whom continue to be revenue-generating celebrities for the company, “as a franchise, it’s a unique association we have with Miley."

Disney praised the Hannah Montana properties in its upbeat first-quarter earnings report for fiscal 2008, which found revenues for the company rising by 9 percent compared with the previous year. The concert tour, merchandise, and video games all got positiv

2226 days ago
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my, my, what truth dacoits you are    

TMZ,'
What's going on? Who are you to judge her because herr hair is wrong? Doggone. Keep this stalking up and I won't be doggone; I'll be long gone. Things aren't what they used to be. As for Miley, heaven must have sent her from above? TMZ, you're trouble, man. You need to be movin' down the line. As for Miley's picture, I realize it's just a picture in a frame, and you should, too.Of course, I know it takes two. She does love the camera, but she's only 15. I think you're capsizing; you need to bail and get your own healing. It's good for you.

2225 days ago
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anon    

Lets hope she can srvive the evil Hollywood! My little girl just loves her and I dont think she is all that bad either. The Hannah Montana show is actually very cute and her concert was a blast for my daughter. Don't hate Miley, just pray that we can actually see a child star grow up and not become a skank.

2225 days ago
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LongJohn69    

This kid is a "Spears" trainwreck in the making. She has ALL the needed ingredients plus enough nutty professors surrounding her to mix up those ingredients as well as the girl herself. She doesn't stand a chance. She'll be doing lines and downing dongs to beat the band before ya know it. A STAR is born. Yeah...right.!

2225 days ago
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Tranzy    

12. Leave the girl alone she is 15 years old she is for little girls and teens anyway. So why hate on a little girl like that. My daughter loves her it might not be my taste in music but again she is a entertainer for little kids!!!!

i agree that all she is not for you adults she is for me and my sister even tho i am 19 i love her and my sister is 6 and love her too we have someone we both can love and talk about she is a great role model so far but while she is still being a good role model leave her alone.

if she becomes bad then you can talk crap

2225 days ago
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Sickened by all of the haters    

It's hard for me to read some comments by people on this subject who are doing nothing but bashing on this poor 15 year old girl! She dresses lady like, isn't into any kind of trouble, and is just pursuing a career she's always wanted and has become very successful at doing it. I'm glad that she has been so blessed and still seems so humble about it all. If as she gets older she becomes just as messed up as Britney or Lindsay Lohan, then yes, you would have the authority to talk crap about her but as for now, you should all be refreshed to see someone who has such a strong inflence on young girls be so well mannered. And in my opinion, i think most of the haters on here are jealous of her success. I know I am but i still respect her.

2225 days ago
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anonymous    

Why does everyone have to keep hatin on Miley all the time? Are y'all just jealous.....i think she is pretty cool!!!!!

2225 days ago
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sushmita sharma    

I don't under stand why do people think so bad about miley.
For me she is my idol. she is a role-model for all of us.
she & her dad is the best.
MILEY U ROCK..............
YOUR FAN
SUSHMITA

2224 days ago
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Stormy    

Miley you are great and alot of young kids look up to you. So just forget about people on here being stupid and talking crap about you cause as far as im concerned there all just jealous so dont listen or worry bout this just keep doing what you do best with you singing career and have fun while you can. I love you miley (etc. Hannah Monatana)

2215 days ago
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Steph    

Miley Cyrus is ok, but she's just boring now. Also my friend (it's a guy) is absolutly in LOVE with her and thinks he's gonna marry her one day... He also tries to sing her songs sometimes. If she ends up like britney spears he'd be the one in the hannah montana wig on youtube saying "LEAVE MILEY ALONE"! But anyways just give her a break right now, she is only 15

2214 days ago
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ewwwww    

first!!!!!

2226 days ago
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Christopher    

Say again why Miley Cyrus is famous? She looks like a Picasso and she sings like a screech owl. I just don't get her.

2226 days ago
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Moe    

She's cute. If she can pull it off and make a buck, why not. The kids love her.

2226 days ago
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ME    

she's a good influence on the little girls....she dosen't wear skimpy clothes or goes around like other celebs who do drugs, drink, etc.

2226 days ago
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