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Miley Cyrus turns 18 today, and to celebrate, PopWatch looked back at the EW archives to chart her career — both the highs and the controversies (remember when they were just about the prices scalpers were charging for concert tickets?).
April 2006: EW reviewed the new Disney series Hannah Montana, giving it a C+. “Turns out Saved by the Bell was subtle! Father-daughter team Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus star as a dad and daughter, but stop those achy-breaky hearts midflutter — Hannah Montana is Miley’s show,” Gillian Flynn wrote.
November 2006: EW reviewed the first Hannah Montana album, giving it a C-: “‘I’m individual/I’m not like anyone,’ sings Disney Channel heroine Hannah Montana, as played by Miley Cyrus…. By individualism, she means the ability to mimic Avril, Ashlee, and Britney simultaneously,” wrote Chris Willman. “The TV character leads a Superman-style double life: derivative pop star by night, undercover normal kid by day. Here, that duality results in tween-entitlement anthems about how totally awesome it is to be famous, yet go unrecognized at will — a nice fantasy for Brangelina, but a weird one to push on little girls.” It didn’t matter: It held the top spot on Billboard for two weeks, beating first-week sales of one-name acts like Fergie, Janet, and Diddy. READ FULL STORY