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Ever since Miley Cyrus began her recent morph from tween TV star into sexy teen pop diva, she's been fielding comparisons to last decade's biggest teen pop sensation: Britney Spears. But those comparisons aren't always flattering. Like Spears, who had a No. 1 hit at age 17 with "Baby One More Time," 17-year-old Cyrus has generated controversy for risque fashions, suggestive lyrics and un-kid-like stage antics.
Like Miley is doing nowadays, teen Britney carefully balanced her naughty-girl persona with a good-girl reputation (but of course, Britney's teen success fizzled during a downward spiral in her personal life). So what does Cyrus think of being called the new Britney?
"I try to look at everything in my life as positive," she told reporters at a recent press event for Hannah Montana. "So I can either look at it and say it's negative...look at the things she's done wrong, and say 'How can someone compare me to her?' Or, I could be the positive person and look at all the amazing history that she's made, and the things she's accomplished, and I'll take it as a compliment."
And in case there was any ambiguity, Cyrus reiterates, "I choose to take it as a compliment."
Indeed, there are worse things than being compared to Spears, now 28. Head-shaving and impetuous marriages aside, Spears has had an amazing career: She was the best-selling female artist of the 2000's, had the fastest-selling album ever (Oops!... I Did It Again) by a female act in the U.S., released dozens of successful singles, and is still considered the world's most successful teen recording artist. She also managed to come back from the celebrity world's most notorious public breakdown with a sold-out tour and two No. 1 singles ("Womanizer" and "3").
So Cyrus isn't crazy to think she's doing something right. But she shouldn't ignore the warning implicit in the comparisons: what happened to Britney as a wife, mom and human being could happen to any teen star. Miley should strive to emanate Britney's success, as long as she learns from her considerable mistakes.
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