Miley Cyrus: “I’ve never heard a Jay-Z song, I don’t listen to pop music”


For those of us who listen to the radio on occasion, Miley Cyrus’s nasal twang is getting too much play. Her song “Party in the U.S.A.” is everywhere on pop stations, and if you’re lucky enough to not have that God forsaken song stuck in your head for a whole day (“Swingin’ your hips like yeah”…ARHH!), consider yourself one of the chosen few. This particular song got its worldwide debut at the Teen Choice Awards several months ago, by the way. Yes, it’s that song. The song that Miley sung while pole dancing. Seriously.

Anyway, there’s a break or whatever in parts on the song where Miley’s demon twang belts out “And the Jay-Z song was on!” repeatedly (note: she also sings/demon-twangs “And the Britney song was on!” at one point too). I didn’t really think anything of these Britney and Jay-Z shout-outs because, really, Britney and Jay-Z songs are always on the radio, and they’re now as emblematic of modern American music, so whatever. I didn’t really think about it that much. Apparently Miley didn’t either – and when this interviewer dude asked her about Jay-Z’s music, Miley was all, like, you know, like, whatever, and um…like, “I’ve never heard a Jay-Z song… I don’t listen to pop music.” Seriously. Like. Um. Demon Twang. Like.

It appears that a Jay-Z song wasn’t on!

Miley Cyrus — whose hit song, “Party in the U.S.A.” includes a line about her nodding her head to one of the rapper’s tracks — says she doesn’t know which of his songs inspired the lyrics.

“I’ve never heard a Jay-Z song,” the singer, 16, said in an interview before her Halloween concert — in which she was dressed as Pocahontas — in Louisville, Kentucky this past Saturday. “I don’t listen to pop music.”

Then how did it get in her song — which was recently No. 1 on the Top 40 charts?

“I don’t know, I didn’t write the song, so I have no idea,” she said of the tune, which was written by a songwriting team of Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly and Jessica Cornish. “Honestly, I picked that song because I needed something to go with my clothing line. I didn’t write it and … I didn’t expect it to be popular, originally. It was just something that I wanted to do, and I needed some songs and it turned out for the best.”

Although she said “Party in the U.S.A.” is “not even my style of music,” she is thankful for its success.

“I’m really blessed for it to have done as well as it has. Totally blessed,” she said. “God has definitely put me in an amazing position with amazing people.”

Later, when asked about an artist she has heard before — her father, Billy Ray Cyrus — the Hannah Montana star says she has no plans to shout out any of his songs, like the 1992 hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”

“No, no thank you,” she said. “That’s like covering a Jay-Z song. That’s not going to happen.”

[From Us Weekly]

So Miley doesn’t listen to “pop music” and that’s why she’s never heard a Jay-Z song. And yet, in the interview, she’s talking about Britney Spears’ music. So, basically, Miley is, like, dumb as a friggin’ doornail. I have to admit though, I didn’t watch the full video, I only skimmed it because her voice is so grating and I really want to try to smack her for a variety of reasons. Instead of just bashing Miley for everything, I will give her credit for one thing – she’s very polite to the guy interviewing her, and his kids. The guy comes across as a bit of a pervert, though. Miley doesn’t seem to notice. She probably thought “He reminds me of my daddy!” Here’s the video:

In the header, Miley Cyrus is performing in concert at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on October 27, 2009. Credit: WENN.

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  1. lway says:

    What a dumbass. LOL! I hope Jay-Z slaps her for calling his music “Pop” and what the hell is she doing if Jay-Z is making Pop music. Retard … i can’t stand this chick! *ugh* 🙁

  2. gracie says:

    Taylor Swift writes her own music. She plays the guitar. She is cute, sweet, quite funny and she can sing very nicely. Taylor also carries herself with a lot of grace and style.

    Miley, on the other hand, seems very spoiled, shallow and not very bright in comparison. And talking about the song:

    “Honestly, I picked that song because I needed something to go with my clothing line.”

    She’s about as deep as a puddle.

    But ultimately I don’t hate Miley. She is the product of two greedy parents and lots of adults in the entertainment industry who want to get rich. Mission accomplished.

  3. GatsbyGal says:

    Hahaha, we’re supposed to believe SHE gets to picks the songs she sings??

  4. Beth says:

    Miley does write a lot of her songs so I don’t think she should get flack for not writing. What I don’t get is saying she doesn’t listen to pop music. What kind of artist does she consider herself and Britney to be?

  5. Pont Neuf says:

    I’m going to play the devil’s advocate and defend Miley, just to break a bit with everybody else’s comments.

    First of all, how many people were highly articulate and had intellectual pursuits at her age? Not many. Second, we cannot blame her for being an idiot, because she doesn’t exactly come from a family of PhDs and has grown up in the entertainment industry. Being intelligent and cultured are not indispensable requisites for success as a singer, but being likeable and non-threatening to most are. Miley is perfect in that regard.

    As for her saying that she doesn’t listen to pop music… Oh well, that means that she doesn’t listen to her own songs, which explains why they are so utterly awful.

  6. BEn says:

    Except for the part where she indirectly says she doesn’t play pop music, at least she’s honest.

  7. Popcorny says:

    A completely incompetent poser.

  8. Firestarter says:

    Pardon my musical ignorance, as I do not listen to mainstream music myself, but isn’t the music she does considered pop? Or is she country? I ask because the only thing I have actually heard is that terrible “Party in the USA” song that they played over and over for Wal-Mart or some store.

  9. NFLer says:

    Gotta admit, it’s a good burn from Miley.

  10. MichelleMuko says:

    I always knew she doesnt knw who Jay Z is bcoz she would never have blasphemed his name in her old-retrieved from under the desk bubble gum pop song

  11. Tia C says:

    What the F type of music does she think she sings? She demonstrated multi-layered ignorance with that comment!!

  12. Anastasia says:

    I agree with the comments about Taylor Swift: she’s talented and writes and plays her own stuff. I can respect that, at least.

    Miley Cyrus sounds like she already has a deep smoker’s voice. Geez.

  13. mollination says:

    @Pont Neuf-
    The only thing though, is that she really isn’t likable either. Non-threatening, sure. But I think to all her fans that admire and look up to her, dissing their musical tastes is rather alienating.

    Plus, she alienated the song writers by saying she never originally thought the song would even be popular.

    She comes across as an absent-minded, greedy, manufactured, commercial product. Not an artist in any right.

  14. Fat Elvis says:

    Well, I’m proud to say that I’ve never heard a Miley Cyrus (or Hannah whatever) song. In fact, I think I might add that very impressive achievement to my resume.

  15. wow says:

    LMBO @ “Miley’s demon twang”.

    This song is catchy and when I heard it the first time I didn’t even realize it was her. I like it.

    She’s still as annoying as all get out, but I’ll give her a pass on this one. She’s young minded, but you would think that if she was going to admit that she doesn’t know of a Jay-Z song, that she would have left it at that without adding all of that other mumbo jumbo about just needing a song for her clothing line blah blah blah talkie-cakes.

    And Jay-Z is “pop” now? Beyonce needs to tell him because he obviously hasn’t gotten the memo.

  16. Erin says:

    Her personality may be terrible, but at least Miley can sing, which is more than I can say about Taylor Swift.

  17. yadira says:

    “reminds me of my daddy” haha too funny!

  18. Sigh. says:

    She’s never listened to Jay Z. That’s possible. I’m in the minority who has NOT heard this song, and very little of her others.

    That’s where she should have stopped.

    All that other stuff – she disconnected her self from the MUSIC-MAKING process (and the writers), instead focusing on marketing a CLOTHING line. So her album is one long commercial jingle?

    Lesson to learn – Just. Don’t. Speak. The less you say, the more you (seem to) know.

    A lesson A LOT of her fellow entertainers could learn as well.

  19. Sigh. says:

    Wait a minute —
    Didn’t she RAP about her departure from Twitter?

  20. cuppycake says:

    Demon twang.
    I’m so using that in conversation today.

  21. C-DUB says:

    She sucks. This just proves how talent less she is.

  22. original kate says:

    “Honestly, I picked that song because I needed something to go with my clothing line.”

    not because the song meant something, or it was beautiful, or whatever. no, she picked it as a marketing tool. that sentiment is everything that is wrong with pop music right now, in a nutshell.

  23. jaundicemachine says:

    I had the misfortune of hearing “Party in the USA” while closing shop last night.

    It was. . . terrible. Just awful. It really reinforces everything I hate about pop music (and the majority of adolescent Americans?).

    Didn’t she actually mention Janis Joplin in this same interview? Because her hero, Janis, would totally use a voice vox to sell her clothing line to tweens. Because Janis Joplin was all about manipulating her image to sell a product en masse. Makes. Total. Sense.


  24. ddotphot says:

    Hey Jay-Z is a no The Best Hip-Hop Artist of the Decade so because the Pop music juststarted to play hip-hop and rap music because of him and nelly to get more listeners they became pop hahaha! Rookies her parents need to let her out more but ignorance is bliss mygood folks so let’s not beat her up to much. So in closing next time you hear on of her songs or see here say it loud and proud if you are played on the radio repeatedly then you are a Pop Popular Artist) but you can be categorized in whatever genre you record labels and the powers that be place you in to help you sell records. The One And Only Deacon Priset has spoken Selah!

  25. coucou says:

    NFLer…what kind of deluded world do you live in that you actually think that it would even be possible in a million liftimes for a Disney twat in training wheels to burn the man JayZ…??? Boggles me mind.

  26. angie says:

    Miley is so strange. She hates pop, yet she sings it. SHe looks up to Janis Joplin yet she doesnt write her own music and doesnt seem to show an inch of passion for what she does. She hates pop yet she listens to Britney Spears?? this girl is delusional.

  27. Laura says:

    I am so confused! Why are people raging on her because she said the song was for her clothing line?? The only reason she MADE the LP, not EP, WAS FOR the clothing line with Max Azria. I mean, the CD only had 4-5 songs on it. It was PURELY promotional. The CD was released exclusively at Wal-Mart where the clothing line was being sold.

    She was telling the truth. And to be honest, most 16-17 year olds don’t know about rappers from back in the day. Yes, Jay-Z counts. What kids her age know now are Soulja Boi, Drake, and Lil’ Wayne. Rappers like Jay-Z, Memphis Bleak, Ice Cube and even Snoop Dogg to some extent, just aren’t as popular with that age group anymore.

    If you’re a rapper and your songs don’t have a dance to it (a lá “Stanky Leg”) it’s unlikely you’ll be reach teenagers that young unless you actually LOVE rap.

    And she grew up in Tennessee, her family and her growing up surrounded her with country music. I’m truly not surprised if she doesn’t know a Jay-Z song. Yeah, she might know the “Can I Get A….” chorus but she probably doesn’t realise who is who. My roommate in college (She was from Murfressboro, TN) freshman year 4 years ago didn’t even know who Lauren Hill or Nas was. The men all sounded alike to her. At first I was taken aback. She couldn’t even name a song by Tupac. But then again, I couldn’t tell the difference between a Shania Twain song and a Faith Hill song. We both educated each other

    Give her a break. She was really nice and personable to the kids and their father. Why doesn’t anyone say something nice about that?

  28. Aspie says:

    I guess I can understand where she’s coming from. I’ve never heard a Miley song before so I wouldn’t know what her “demon twang” sounds like…he he.

  29. crash2GO2 says:

    Oh Laura, it’s so fun to be hateful. Apparently.

  30. Laura says:


    Huh? I’m not being hateful :-(. Did you read what I wrote?

  31. courtneycullen says:

    What a fucking racist. Of course, no one cares since she’s just dressed up as a Native American. Oh, but if it was an Asian person, the media would be all over this. They got mad about her squinty-eyed pic, but no one says anything about her mocking Native Americans? disgusting.