Why Is Miley Cyrus Doing Soft-Core Porn?

Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball
There’s that tongue of Miley again that she displayed on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

I have a tendency to go to Wikipedia to find out information even though so many people tell me that it is riddled with errors. Okay, that is true, and I know that anyone can log in and change information to make a protest, be a hacker or for jocular purposes, but that generally gets fixed. I do remember when the recent Boston Marathon bombings occurred that Wikipedia’s current news was all over it and they had various links pointing to the biggest news outlets on the planet who were reporting information as it happened, and this happened again when the only living suspect was captured after that manhunt.

Wikipedia was a useful news aggregator for both of those events, and based on news stories once again, I am sure that there is plenty of detail on both the event and the perpetrator sitting on Wikipedia, and for the most part, the information about a living person or an event that has happened since the explosion of the Internet will be right. But today, I found an error that I am sure they are not going to fix in a hurry.

Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992)[4] is an American actress and recording artist.

It is the exclusion of the words “soft-core porn” between “American” and “actress” that I am calling them out on.  Case in point; The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Also, her recent photo shoot for V Magazine.

Also, this…

Why do singers like Miley Cyrus have to keep relying on soft-core porn to sell records? I am not a pop music buyer, well, that’s not entirely true as I buy my wife pop music albums as gifts and I will admit I bought Britney Spears’s Everytime single, but I have to say that although I have only heard Wrecking Ball twice I have had it stuck in my head most of the day including during a two hour long meeting at work today.

It is not the best song ever, but it is a really catchy pop song and I expect, if we went back to a time when songs were judged on their ability to get caught in one’s head rather than the imagery associated with the artist and the film clip then it would be a high selling single. But there she is swinging on a wrecking ball naked except for her cowboy boots (and that makes her a country star too, doesn’t it?)

I used to wake up on Saturday and Sunday mornings and have shows like ABC’s Rage or Network Ten’s Video Hits playing. But that was before I had kids. I couldn’t do that now. Notwithstanding the fact that the kids take over the television with their cartoons and stop motion kids’ shows, but I am not too sure that I want the boys watching film clips these days. In fact, I know I don’t. I want them to appreciate songs the way that I did. I don’t want them to hear the song for the first time accompanied by the film clip. I want them to hear the song and listen to it, for what the song is about in their interpretation, not based on what imagery the film clip suggests.

And then there is that train of thought that exposing our boys to this will mean that they will grow up to see women as objects. And if you are the parent of a daughter, allowing her to watch this will mean she will grow up to have body issues. So it looks like when our boys are old enough to start using the computer on their own, YouTube is going to be off limits unless one of us is there watching them.

Don’t get me wrong, I am no prude. I like women. I like naked women. If this was presented up to me as a form of porn, be it soft-core – well, that’s what it is – or should it have gone down the tracks of being hard-core, I would not have minded. But that’s not what they are selling here. They are trying to sell a song. Or are they?

I read an article earlier this year on RollingStone.com about how recording artists get paid when their film clips are shown (directly) on YouTube or through Vevo. It seems that for every thousand views that the song gets they get paid a dollar. That is in simple terms 1,000 views = $1.

So why wouldn’t you make a video that is going to turn itself into an instant money making machine? With over 11,000,000 views in just 15 hours it has surpassed the 10,000,000 views listens of the audio only version that her record company released two weeks ago. I expect much of that traffic was after her twerking incident during the MTV VMAs, but still, it proves my point that people will listen to a song.

Having said that though, considering the audio version has been listened to by just less than one million people a day versus the film clip which has been watched by just less than one million people an hour on its first day, and I expect that the audio version will not make it to the 11,000,000 view mark even though it only has 398,858 listens to go. Everyone will now click on the film clip only.

For the record, Psy’s Gangnam Style has had at 1,763,033,795 views which has brought his record company in $1,763,033.00 as of today, and that is just for the Officalpsy upload; if you have used that song as your backing track for a home-made video, or if you made a lyric video or your own parody of his original film clip, then the record company is collecting all those thousands of clicks and for each 1,000 they are getting another dollar.

So in a time when the film clip is the big money spinner rather than the song itself, I can only see this going in One Direction one direction. It will all be about how much skin is shown, and how much of a sleazy pole dancer you can be. Again, I have nothing against pole dancers, but they are not pretending to be recording artists to get men to watch them dance.

Miley Cyrus on the other hand…

 

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