"Change is something that you can count on," says Billboard cover star Miley Cyrus, who has evolved in leaps and bounds.
SOUND: Spunky guitar pop
SAMPLE LYRIC: "He's lightning/Sparks are flyin'" ("He Could Be the One")
STATS: The franchise produced three Billboard 200 No. 1s, with the 2006 self-titled first album moving 3.7 million copies in the United States, per Nielsen Music. "He Could Be the One" reached No. 10 on the Hot 100 in 2009.
MILEY SAYS: "At 13, 14 years old, I had to sing 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.' I realized I didn't want to make records like that again."
'BANGERZ' BAD GIRL
SOUND: House-party hip-hop
SAMPLE LYRIC: "I'm a Southern belle, crazier than hell" ("Do My Thang")
STATS: The 2013 album was her second Billboard 200 No. 1 as herself, selling 1.1 million copies. "Wrecking Ball" held at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for three weeks that year.
MILEY SAYS: "At the end of the show [on the Bangerz Tour], the doors open like The Truman Show because my life was like The Truman Show. I was riding off on a hot dog, because it's fucking fun."
'DEAD PETZ' WILD CHILD
SOUND: Punk psychedelia
SAMPLE LYRIC: "Yeah I smoke pot, yeah I love peace/But I don't give a fuck, I ain't no hippy" ("Dooo It!")
STATS: Released on SoundCloud in 2015, before its streams were tallied, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz didn't chart. "BB Talk" has 25.5 million YouTube views.
MILEY SAYS: "In rock clubs, I'd come out with my unicorn dick, and they'd look at me funny. You could tell some people were like, 'I brought my niece!' Wrong show!"
SOUND: Billy Ray Cyrus describes it as "picturesque lyrics like Dolly's meets Roy Orbison meets The Beach Boys."
SAMPLE LYRIC: "Here I am, next to you, the sky so blue, in Malibu" ("Malibu")
MILEY SAYS: "This is like all my eras in one record: My 11-year-old self, my Bangerz self, my Dead Petz girl are all in here. The craziest thing I can do now is go on Fallon in jeans and a T-shirt. Not because I want to 'act normal,' but because that's really what I wear."
-- Reporting by John Norris
This article originally appeared in the May 13 issue of Billboard.