As she continues to raise eyebrows with her barely-clothed antics, Miley Cyrus has prompted some concern over her well-being, with at least one famous person raising her voice to warn the 20-year-old to protect herself against the evils of the music biz.
But the "Wrecking Ball" superstar insists that her actions have all been part of a grand scheme -- one that's been thoughtfully orchestrated on her own.
In an interview with Hunger TV, Cyrus revealed that she's very much running her own ship and is not the industry puppet that some make her out to be.
"With magazines, with movies, it’s always weird when things are targeted for young people yet they’re driven by people that are like 40 years too old. It can’t be like this 70-year-old Jewish man that doesn’t leave his desk all day, telling me what the clubs want to hear," Cyrus said. "I’m going out, I know what they want to hear. I know when you’re in a club, what makes everyone go crazy and when the time is where everyone’s like, 'All right, I’m going go get a drink.' I know when people walk off the dance floor and I know what’s driving it, so I’ve got to be the one doing it because they’re just not in on what 20-year-olds are doing."
Chatting about the creation of her outlandish -- and wildly popular -- music video for "We Can't Stop," Cyrus said that she was the person who had to push the idea forward, convincing the naysayers in her management to come on board.
"At first on paper that video sounded insane. No one understood it, and I’m just like, 'Let me film it, and then if it doesn’t work out, you never have to trust me again. But if it works out, you have to let me drive this ship. You know I’m on to something. And then they call me and they’re like, 'Yo, you’re onto something!'"
Hunger TV's Holly Fraser, having conducted the interview with Cyrus, praised the young woman's business skills. "Miley is incredibly savvy," Fraser wrote.
"It’s her that comes up with her public image and performances, as she knows it will shock people, so in turn will keep them talking, which will then equate to album sales," Fraser continued. "A clever formula, and one that’s obviously working."
Fraser isn't the only person who has lauded Cyrus' business savviness this week.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Billy Ray Cyrus said his daughter is a "very smart young lady."
“She wanted to shake things up a little bit, and mission accomplished,” he said of Cyrus' raunchy MTV Video Music Awards performance with Robin Thicke. “She [did] a great deal of preparation and financial investment. All those bears and things she was going out of pocket for to make that stage great. She said she wanted people to be talking.”
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Miley Cyrus poses backstage at the Marc Jacobs Collection Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at New York Armory on February 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Miley Cyrus attends the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)
May 6, 2013
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Miley Cyrus attends the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Huffington Post)
May 19, 2013
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Actress/recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the Myspace Event at the El Rey Theatre on June 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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MIAMI BEACH, FL - JUNE 29: Miley Cyrus poses at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party Presented by VISIT FLORIDA at Fontainebleau's BleauLive in Miami on June 29, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11: Singer Miley Cyrus attends the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Miley Cyrus attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)