Miley Cyrus hopes to start a dance craze

Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:56pm EDT
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By Ann Donahue

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Miley Cyrus is attempting to teach an adult the Hoedown Throwdown, the big dance number from "Hannah Montana: The Movie," and it's not going well.

"We did it in one day!" she gasps. "We just all kind of made it up as we went along." It doesn't help that Cyrus offers this consolation and advice over the phone to a journalist who's trying to follow along on YouTube -- and untangle herself from the phone cord.

"Well," Cyrus patiently explains, "you have to be semi-coordinated to do it."

This is exactly how Cyrus' legion of preteen female fans must be learning the dance: YouTube onscreen, phone to ear, someone on the phone offering encouragement amid occasional peals of laughter.

Such is Cyrus' Everygirl power. For the better part of five years, the 16-year-old has had a direct dial into the cerebral fun cortex of the brains of millions of 10-year-old girls.

Under the stewardship of the Walt Disney Co., Cyrus has starred in "Hannah Montana," which remains one of the top-rated kids' TV shows on cable; sold more than 7 million albums; starred in "Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour 3-D," which opened at No. 1 and earned more than $65 million at the box office, making it the top-grossing concert film; and helped sell a clothing factory's worth of merchandise at Wal-Mart. That all adds up. According to Billboard's Money Makers chart, Cyrus was the 15th-biggest earner of 2008, taking in $48.9 million from sales of music, ringtones and concert tickets.


On April 10, the franchise about the schoolgirl by day, pop star at night will get a narrative take on the big screen.   Continued...

<p>Actress and singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>