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Miley Cyrus Graces Cover of Two Hearst Titles

Everyone loves Miley Cyrus. At least in the women’s magazine world. That appreciation has led two Hearst titles — Elle and Seventeen — to go with Cyrus centric covers for their May issues.

This isn’t that groundbreaking. After all, Cyrus moves magazines (Cosmo’s March 2013 cover featuring the tongue wagging singer sold over one million copies). However, there is a bit of drama. According to WWD, Elle’s cover is Miley approved, while Seventeen’s is not.

The reason Cyrus denied Seventeen is simple: She’s trying to create an image of herself as a respectable and sophisticated adult pop star. This is why Cyrus does things like post a video of herself fake beating up someone portraying Avril Lavigne, with a caption that eloquently explains, “F*ck dat Canadian bitch Avril Lavigne.” It’s all part of the plan.

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Skidmore College Adds Miley Cyrus to the Curriculum

CarolynChernoffPicPer a report by The Saratogian‘s Jennie Grey, it started in the aftermath of the 2013 VMAs and took fuller form this January when Skidmore College visiting assistant professor of sociology Carolyn Chernoff (pictured) gave a lecture at the Women’s Center titled “The Rise and Fall of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media.”

Reaction to the talk was generally positive, and as a result, Chernoff is now finalizing the syllabus for a much more extensive examination of Cyrus. A summer learning track:

The course, called The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media, is a 251-level special topics course. Chernoff encourages students to look past the colon in her course title and see what the class is really about.

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Miley Cyrus Comes In Like a Squeaking Ball

There are, quite obviously, just under a hundred slots available for AskMen’s annual “99 Most Desirable Women” compilation. This year, in what is surely a placement position that combines reader votes with a little editorial conference room discussion, Miley Cyrus came in dead last.

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Some of the female folks ahead of Cyrus, in reverse list-order, include House of Cards co-star Robin Wright (#95), comedienne Sarah Silverman (#80), Best Actress Oscar contender Sandra Bullock (#57) and Amy Poehler (#23).

However, the inclusion that is sure to elicit a whole bunch of surprised giggles is the one at #20: Marissa Mayer. Anyone at Yahoo looking to leave in a blaze of glory – may we suggest uttering the following at the next group meeting: “Well, normally I would not agree with this. But you are, after all, the 20th most desirable woman…”

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Gauging the Next ‘Golden Age’ of Journalism

We’re still mulling over remarks made last Friday in Lawrence, KS by ProPublica founder and executive chairman Paul Steiger. Accepting the prestigious William Allen White Foundation National Citation from the University of Kansas’s White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, he talked a lot about “golden ages” of journalism.

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According to Steiger, the last such era started in the mid-1950s and ran through the mid-1970s. Ergo, ending right around the time a massive amount of students were compelled by Woodward and Bernstein to head to J-school. Steiger takes issue with Henry Blodget‘s 2013 declaration that a new golden age is upon us. He says we’re perhaps close, but not quite there yet:

“Creating millions of lone-wolf, single-person bloggers doesn’t get us to a golden age. It can give us cat photos that make us giggle, news scoops involving an original fact or two, a trenchant analysis of finance or politics or sculpture, video of Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift nuzzling their latest boyfriends, or possibly some movie and book reviews worth trusting. All nice to have but not game-changing.”

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Marc Jacobs Opts for Miley Cyrus

Bold choice, Mr. Jacobs. Bold choice.

There are many other reactions being articulated today about the news first shared by fashion designer Marc Jacobs via his label’s official Twitter feed. But… he’s no dummy… Miley is still media-yummy… And so there you have it. From the Global Post/EFE report:

Cyrus will be the new image for Jacobs’ spring/summer ad campaign… She will be photographed by Britain’s David Sims, even though since 1998 the company has always counted on Juerguen Teller as its photographer.

Jacobs shared, as part of his announcement, the following teaser photo. Twerking, this ain’t.

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Team @MileyOfficial Includes Long Island Teen

Most of Amy Kaufman‘s weekend LA Times feature is about LaQuishe “Q” Wright, a Texas-based social media manager whose celebrity clientele includes Channing Tatum, Paul Walker and Zac Efron. Wright started a fan site dedicated to Tatum in 2006 and that eventually led to a personal, on-set meeting.

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But we were even more fascinated by the tail-end of Kaufman’s piece. When she ropes in another startling Twitter-fan-to-manager success story:

When [Miley] Cyrus noticed a particularly popular Twitter fan account popping up in her feed, she sent a direct message to the person behind it — Olivia Rudensky, a 17-year-old from Long Island. Soon, the high school senior was having lunch with Cyrus’ mother, Tish, sharing tips on how she should announce her new single and get it to start trending on Twitter.

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A Tale of Two Lists: PMC vs. The Hollywood Reporter

This morning at 2:50 a.m. PT, Nikki Finke leveled a bunch of Miley Cyrus-like accusations at The Hollywood Reporter. Relying on data compiled by parent company PMC, she claimed that the bulkhead of THR‘s latest monthly uniques and page views connects to the Hollywood trade world’s equivalent of twerking at the VMAs.

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There’s only one problem. Her top-viewed September/October THR articles list (above) is completely different from the one shared in response by The Hollywood Reporter (see below). For example, Justin Bieber appears at both ends, but on the PMC list it’s articles about plastic surgery and the song “Believe” while THR lists a Batman vs. Superman-related post.

So who’s right? The logical assumption is that THR has a better handle on its own Web stats. But we also figured that PMC must be pretty sure about its methodology to tell Finke it was OK to publish this internal data.

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Taking a Lunch Break… Instead, Here’s a Shot of Miley Cyrus (Gasp!) Tastefully Dressed

Lunch At Michaels

Our intrepid Lunch columnist Diane Clehane won’t be covering the scene at Michael’s today because she was up until the wee hours last night as one of the producers of The Fashion Group International’s 30th Annual Night of Stars event.

Diane was on full diva duty, wrangling Miley Cyrus (who came fully dressed and didn’t twerk once!) and Aretha Franklin and running the red carpet, where she witnessed Superstar Award honoree Marc Jacobs trading air kisses with Sofia Coppola, Olivia Munn and Kate Upton. After all that hobnobbing, we figured she could use a day off.

But, no worries, she’ll be back at her regular perch next week. In the meantime, here are some recent Lunch columns (and photos of Marc and Miley after the jump).

John Catsimatidis and the Next Stop on Dave Zinczenko’s World-Domination Tour

Barry Diller, David Zaslav and the Exclusive on Star Jones’ TV Plans

The Skinny on Jessica Simpson’s New Role at Weight Watchers

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Miley Cyrus vs. Sinéad O’Connor Escalates

From an open letter… to legal threats?

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When the 20-year-old version of Miley Cyrus is involved, apparently anything is possible. Billboard reports that Sinéad O’Connor is none too pleased with Cyrus’ insulting, derogatory Twitter reaction to her showbiz advice. So much so that via follow-up open letter, the Irish singer is threatening to take the twerk girl to court over a mocking image-grab of some ancient O’Connor tweets:

“Have you no sense of danger at all? Or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers,” she warns. “Mockery causes deaths. Period. It is an unacceptable form of bullying, no matter who it is doing the bullying.”

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Bob Marley Rises Up on Billboard’s Social 50 Chart

BillboardLogoAre you familiar with Billboard magazine’s Social 50 chart? If not, here’s an explanation of what it tracks:

A ranking of the most active artists on the
world’s leading social networking sites. Artists’ popularity is determined by a formula blending their weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and weekly song plays, as measured by Next Big Sound.

Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry are currently 1-2-3. But, as per a report by the magazine’s social/streaming charts manager William Gruger, there’s also some noteworthy activity down below:

Bob Marley, who has the second-largest social media presence for a dead artist (behind Michael Jackson), reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart. He rises 37 to 8 in his 88th week on the list, marking the third time Marley has climbed into the top 10.

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