October 2, 2013


Heartbreak, Rappers & Twerk-able Tracks: Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' By the Numbers

America simply can't get enough of Miley Cyrus' recent string of can't-watch-but-can't-look-away "scandals," from TwerkGate'13 at the VMAs with Robin Thicke's crotch and a phallic foam finger to stripping naked and kissing a sledgehammer in her "Wrecking Ball" video. It's all hyped Bangerz, a "coming of age" LP said to be proof that Cyrus is far past her Hannah Montana days. Seriously, guys: Miley even smokes with Snoop Dogg!

Bangerz, her fourth studio album, officially drops October 8 but is streaming now on iTunes. We listened and rounded up the most important facts and figures you need to know. 

Number of Guest Features: 5
Four hip hop heavyweights guest on the LP: Nelly on "4x4"; Future on "My Darlin'"; Big Sean on "Love Money Party"; French Montana on "FU." Plus, one fellow pop idol: Britney Spears, who appears on the quirky, "Push It"-sampling "SMS (Bangerz)" showcasing the fierce rap-sing style we heard on B's summer single "Ooh La La."

Number of Songs You Can Twerk To: 8
Need new tracks for your party playlist? Look no further! Practice your booty shaking to uptempo tracks "SMS (Bangerz)," "4x4," "Love Money Party," "#GETITRIGHT," "FU, "Do My Thang," "Someone Else" and, of course, Bangerz lead single "We Can't Stop." 

Number of Time Cyrus Says the Word "Twerk": 0
The princess of booty shakin' (following Queen Big Freedia, natch) never mentions her favorite new dance craze on Bangerz. But on her collabo track with Justin Bieber and Juicy J, named for the dance, she says "Twerk" an astounding 50 times.

Number of References to Miley's Critically-Panned 2012 film "LOL": 1
Never mind the abysmal 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Miley clearly name-drops her flop film on "FU": "Ooh it seemed like everything was going fine / I found the love that I thought was gonna last / But then I accidentally saw a few things in your cell / I even LOL'd / Man, I should've known." Yep. Clearly.

Number of Times Cyrus Says "Turnt up": 6
Never one to shy away from catchphrases, Miley mentions "turnt up," aka "thee act of getting drunk and high to the highest degree," in "Do My Thang" and "We Can't Stop."

Number of Pharrell-Produced Tracks: 2
The Neptunes producer worked with tons of artists in 2013, like Jay Z and John Legend, and even guested on two of the year's biggest singles—Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." But he still made time to to produce two Bangerz tracks: "4X4" and "#GETITRIGHT."

Number of References to Her Now-Infamous Tongue: 3
With her explicit VMA performance, Cyrus' wagging tongue officially entered the cultural zeitgeist. On "#GETITRIGHT," Miley reveals exactly how she plans to use that tongue on her man. 

Songs Referencing Heartbreak: 8
The singer/actress acts like a rebel who doesn't give a *bbbllleeeeep,* but a lot of Bangerz material references a deteriorating relationship or apprehension about love. Ladies and gentleman, Miley Cyrus still has a soft side.

Number of Times Cyrus Sings About Peeing Herself: 2
You'll come across this appetizing lyric—"'bout to piss on myself"—not once, but twice in "4x4."

Number of N-Word Drops on the Album: 2
Following the VMA performance, Cyrus was lambasted for her apparent "appropriation of black culture," But she's not the one dropping any slurs on Bangerz, that's Southern rapper Nelly, the guest on LP track "4X4."

Days Until Bangerz Officially Arrives: 6
Stream the LP now over at iTunes to tide you over for now!