(But I Don't)
Though largely overshadowed by such moments as Nicki Minaj’s callout of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift, and Cyrus’s batsh*t, trippy performance with Wayne Coyne, Justin Bieber’s live medley of “Where Are Ü/What Do You Mean?” brought out the “wow” when he apparently broke down crying following his set. It was yet another noteworthy moment at Sunday’s MTV VMAs. I have to admit, “Where Are Ü” is pretty catchy, but he lost me at “What Do You Mean?”
Mind you, the bridge in the song is a spoken word piece of sophomoric philosophizing, which I have transcribed below and made into an inspirational quote you’d see on Pinterest because it has all the emotional depth of a kumquat. (Actually, now that I really think about it, maybe that whole spoken word thing is perfectly in line with the name of the song.)
Is a Miley Cyrus song better when it has nothing to do with Miley Cyrus at all? VCU Pep Band decided to test that theory when they tackled Miley's song, "Wrecking Ball," doing an instrumental (and pretty dope) version of the song during the VCU vs. George Mason game on Thursday. It's worth a full watch, but watch at 1:48 for the kitty in outer space, a nod to Miley's American Music Awards performance. Nicely done.
For all of the controversy that Miley Cyrus has generated in the past few months, it seems like her upcoming Bangerz Tour is destined to be a bust, right? That, at least, is the impression one might get from the media and disgusted-sounding Facebook and Twitter comments after the overtly sexual performance with Robin Thicke and the "Wrecking Ball" music video. Is Miley's brand of edgy too edgy for fans, or more likely, their ticket buying parents?
Apparently not, because those fans and/or their parents are snapping up tickets for the tour in a big way.
This weekend at TicketNetwork.com, Cyrus' shows were the second biggest ticket seller, beaten out only by Trans-Siberian Orchestra*. Digging deeper, the Bangerz Tour made up 15% of all concerts tickets sold at TN.com during the weekend. The top concert event, again TSO, made up 19%. On the other side, tickets for the next biggest concert performer after Cyrus, Cher, made up just 4%.
It's official: Miley Cyrus will launch her U.S. tour for "Bangerz" in February 2014. The "Wrecking Ball" singer gained significant popularity following her video music award performance earlier this year. Since then, she has performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village and will be one of the headlining acts at eight upcoming Jingle Ball shows.
The tour kicks off on Valentine's Day and hits cities like New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Miami. It follows the release of her "Bangerz" album, which reached number 1 on the Billboard Top 200; it went on to become number 1 on iTunes in more than 70 countries.
The U.S. schedule for Cyrus' Bangerz tour is below. Click here for more information on tickets and upcoming tour dates.