"Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus has a knack for courting media attention, something to which a certain performance from her latest tour is indicative. The daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus is currently facing a tirade of online abuse over a cover of the Gorillaz song "On Melancholy Hill" that she performed on her latest tour, a video of which has been posted on YouTube. According to the uploader's description, the song was a dedication to two of Miley's backing dancers, Meg and Ryan, who are set to get married.
YouTube users have been vocal in their criticism of the performance. One user offered up an unfavourable comparison between a live rendition of the original and the cover: "Ahhhh no, only last December I was watching Damon and co play this at Rod Laver, this a horrid. Awful person. Gutted this took place in Australia". Another simply stated that "She didnt even understand the point of this song [sic]." NME.com notes that the performance is not the first time that Cyrus has offered up a controversial cover on her current tour. Renditions of tracks by Poison, Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac have also been met with similar criticism.
The future of Gorillaz, meanwhile, is uncertain. During the final performance of the band's "Welcome To The Plastic Beach" tour last year, Damon Albarn made the following cryptic statement: "I'm really trying to censor my sentimentality tonight... For us, this is the last time... We all hope and pray on this stage, and [for] all the people that work with us, that we will get a chance to work together as a collective again. But we may never do that again."
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