Did Miley Cyrus Copy Lady Gaga?

Did Miley Cyrus Copy Lady Gaga?

We all know she got her start on "Hannah Montana" and was completely censored by Disney.
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Recently, Miley Cyrus has reappeared on the music scene with her new single “Malibu.” This song is an easy listening type song that will 100 percent make you wish you were somewhere on a beach with the love of your life. While I am completely in love with the song, it does sound radically different from any of her previous albums since she split with Hannah Montana. Is she really now growing up, or has she strategically been the wild child to now reap the benefits? Either way, it is reminding me of another pop princess who is dear to my heart, Lady Gaga.

It has been a while since Lady Gaga has been in the news for anything radical she has done. Her last album "Joanne," while it tips its hat at the previous work she has done, is much more stripped down comparatively and has a country influence. What changed for Gaga, and how does this at all relate to Cyrus’ recent music?

Lady Gaga has openly talked about how when she was trying to break into the industry, she was told that while she had talent, she was not pretty enough for pop music. She was quoted in a Rolling Stones interview saying: "It wasn't until I put my music out in the world that I was able to look into myself and honor my own misfit and honor the reality of how I was treated when I was a kid...and how it affected me."

In 2014, she took what most thought was a sabbatical from music to produce an all jazz album with legend Tony Bennett. She was mostly out of the public eye until she released her newest album, "Joanne." As mentioned before, this album is more stripped down with fewer dance hits and more country influenced songs.

If we go back to Miley Cyrus, we all know that she got her start on "Hannah Montana" and was completely censored by Disney. Her album release of Meet Miley Cyrus was basically the B-Side of a Hannah Montana album, and honestly, if I listened to that album and had to choose which was Hannah and which was Miley, I couldn't tell you.

In a radio interview with Zach Sang, Cyrus talked about how her crazy partying days were in rebellion to having to work with her dad on set for Hannah Montana at a young age. She claims that this was an outlet, but then went on to say that she has always been the good girl that she used to be.

She says that this is a new phase in her life and that this album is going to reflect this new era of her life. I think this is a valid claim. However, the new song is very reminiscent of her Meet Miley Cyrus album, which leads me to believe that she was, in fact, taking a cue from the Mother Monster as a way to kick off her career apart from Hannah Montana.

Whether you agree with me or not, I think we can all agree that this “new direction” she is taking is going to produce some quality music.

Cover Image Credit: Marie Claire

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.

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Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.


1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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