Miley Cyrus grows up and away from Hannah Montana
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Miley Cyrus, the teen sensation of Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" hit TV show, is growing up, releasing a new album called "Breakout," and hoping her millions of young fans will come along for the ride.
"It's grown up. I wrote all the songs except two," said Cyrus, 15, of the new album, the first that does not play on her squeaky-clean "Hannah Montana" persona.
Set for release on Tuesday, the bubbly pop CD is expected to storm record charts in North America where Cyrus was the 16th biggest touring act in 2007, selling $36 million in tickets.
"Songwriting is what I really want to do with my life forever," Cyrus told Billboard magazine in a front-cover photo shoot and interview last month. "I just hope this record showcases that, more than anything, I'm a writer."
Cyrus shot to fame in 2006 as Hannah Montana -- a girl who leads a double life as an ordinary teenager and a singing sensation. In two years, the popular character has become a merchandising sensation spawning record albums, a hit concert film, and an entertainment franchise valued by financial analysts at some $1 billion.
Even as she prepares to shoot a third series of the show, Cyrus seems to be looking to a future when she will have to leave behind her alter ego.
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