Miley Cyrus - 'Can't Be Tamed'
There's a curious rite of passage that all youthful female pop stars seem to have to undergo these days, a change they have to endure in order to make sure they get to keep being pop stars for a bit longer, and maybe even gain cultural icon status, if they do it right.
No, I'm not talking about working with Timbaland, this is The Ensexification Moment.
The basic rules of The Ensexification Moment are this: you take a singer with a strong teen fanbase, who has always made very wholesome entertainment until that point, and you apply an ensexificating filter. This loosens a certain amount of clothing, encourages heavy breathing, and changes the basic, ah, thrust of the songs from being about love and trust to being about bedrooms and heat.
Or if the star in question has come from a very chaste branch of entertainment, about freedom and self-expression (with a strong undercurrent of bedrooms and heat).
(Here's the video. Worst. Cage. Evah!)
The modern role models for all of this are Britney (good girls gone bad) and Christina (bad girls gone worse), although Kylie was the first, becoming so ensexificated in the process that some strands of the music press had to refer to her different personas by different names - popKylie, sexKylie, indieKylie etc.
This is, therefore, sexMiley's moment. Ironically, it's also a song about how she can't be changed or moulded into being something she is not. A song which is aways away from her usual sunny musical outlook, and closer to, well, what all the grownups are doing.
It's got that pounding dark beat, y'now, the one Britney was fond of...and Marilyn Manson, thinking about it. Miley's buried under a heap of thick production clingfilm, but attempting to sing her way out in typically spirited fashion.
I find myself loving the way she sings "I wanna be a part of something I don't know", partly cos it's a great line, and partly cos she doesn't seem to give enough of a stuff to even finish the point about the thing she's yearning for. That's some classy pop action, right there.
And really, classy is the key word. If Miley's gonna weather the Ensexification Moment it'll be because she's doing it during a period of extrema GaGa, when videos are less about acreage of flesh and more about feathers and Victorian scientists.
Oh, and because she's got the songs and the voice, that always helps.
Newsround says: "The change of style might take some time to get used to but most fans should enjoy the new music."
Jimmy Elliott Official says: "Stop trying to be Gaga, you're terrible at it."
I'm Not Obsessed says: "Reminds me of a young Britney Spears.