Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American pop singer, songwriter and television and film actress who rose to fame after starring as the title character in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana. Following the success of Hannah Montana, a soundtrack CD was released in October 2006 featuring Cyrus on eight songs from the show. Cyrus’ solo music career began with the release of her debut album, Meet Miley Cyrus on June 23, 2007, which included her first top ten single, “See You Again”. Cyrus’ second album, Breakout, released on July 22, 2008, was her first album independent of the Hannah Montana franchise. Both albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Cyrus’ first extended play, The Time of Our Lives, was released on August 28, 2009. The lead single from the EP, “Party in the U.S.A.”, became Cyrus’ highest charting and Hollywood Records’s fastest selling single, reaching number two in the Billboard Hot 100 and the top ten in various nations. According to her record label, Cyrus has sold over 15 million records as of April 2010.
In 2008, Cyrus appeared in the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert film. Cyrus also starred in Bolt in 2008, and recorded “I Thought I Lost You” for the soundtrack, earning her a Golden Globe nomination. She starred in the film spin-off of Hannah Montana, titled Hannah Montana: The Movie, which was released on April 10, 2009. In 2008, Cyrus was listed in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World. Forbes magazine ranked her #35 on the “Celebrity 100” list for earning $25 million in 2008. Her rank improved to #29 in 2009.