MUSIC VIDEO ANALYSIS
Artist: Miley Cyrus
Track Name: Wrecking Ball

Genre of song: Pop (Ballad/Soft Rock)

Director: Terry...
with her
fans.
To
promote
the new
single, to
promote
Miley
Cyrus as
an artist.
To act as
a
revenue
stream.
(Most
watched
y...
up.
Confident,
assured,
she is
naked and
riding a
wrecking
ball.
Promiscu
ous,
highly
sexualize
d, licking
a
sledgeha
mmer...
and digital
quality.
Drums –
wrecking
ball hits
wall in
time with
drop.
Relations
hip
between
lyrics and
visuals
Wrecking
...
close up
of her.
Explicit
nature of
the video -
makes it
obvious
that the
viewer is
being
played
with.
We are
watching
raw...
Lady
GaGa
Different –
show of
emotion is
so raw,
overly
explicit, a
pop video
but with
many
extreme
elements.
Who is
the t...
person
and
“mature/ol
der”.
Emotion
and love –
experienc
es similar
to
demograp
hic will
enjoy the
confident,
strong
femal...
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  1. 1. MUSIC VIDEO ANALYSIS Artist: Miley Cyrus Track Name: Wrecking Ball
 Genre of song: Pop (Ballad/Soft Rock)
 Director: Terry Richardson 
Format: 3:42 - Studio Based Performance Intentions Changing Mileyʼs “Star Persona” . Before: Hannah Montana, Innocent, Clean cut, Child friendly, Funny, Witty, Design to appeal to young teenager s. 12-14. Now: Miley Cyrus new “Star Persona” , Risqué, promiscu ous, raunchy, objectifie d, explicit, confident , older, edgier. Designed to appeal to grow
  2. 2. with her fans. To promote the new single, to promote Miley Cyrus as an artist. To act as a revenue stream. (Most watched youtube video in a day). Represen tation of the artist Emotional , Sad and Hurt, Anger. She is seen crying, violent imagery, Literal destructio n, and facial expressio ns. Stops lip- syncing to cry. Personal and honest, song refers to real life relationshi p break
  3. 3. up. Confident, assured, she is naked and riding a wrecking ball. Promiscu ous, highly sexualize d, licking a sledgeha mmer. Attemptin g to create image of a strong woman using her sexuality. Relations hip between music and visuals Slow soft opening – close up on face, slow motion, stillness, simple, builds up to a crescendo , ballad, Chorus – music swells, verse is softer, instrument ation – guitar, studio produced,
  4. 4. and digital quality. Drums – wrecking ball hits wall in time with drop. Relations hip between lyrics and visuals Wrecking ball in song, we see wrecking ball. Broken heart and broken relationshi p – shown by destructio n of wall. She is stripped of her emotions – she is naked. Licks hammer to symbolize her embracing the pain. Voyeuris m (Notion of looking) Licking the hammer – sexual reference, explicit intimate moment, and high angle
  5. 5. close up of her. Explicit nature of the video - makes it obvious that the viewer is being played with. We are watching raw emotion and crying. Intertextu ality Obvious reference to Sinead OʼConnerʼ s “Nothing Compared To You” video in terms of framing, address and tears of emotion. Typical of genre Typical – song about love, imagery relates directly to lyrics, performer s address is direct to audience, abstract imagery & drama similar to
  6. 6. Lady GaGa Different – show of emotion is so raw, overly explicit, a pop video but with many extreme elements. Who is the target audience Miley Cyrus fans who have grown up. Now older teenagers /early twenties. A new audience: Lady GaGa fans because of explicit imagery and drama. Potentially new male audience due to explicit nature. Why would this appeal to target audience Different from how she used to be she is a “new”
  7. 7. person and “mature/ol der”. Emotion and love – experienc es similar to demograp hic will enjoy the confident, strong female image. Edgier GaGa influences , shedding of “Disney” Persona. It is risky, weird and gets people talking. Heavily promoted.  

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