First there was Annette, then came Britney and Christina, followed by Hilary and now ... meet Miley. On Tuesday, the newest bid by Disney to mint a young pop princess hits stores in the form of the debut album by Miley Cyrus, better known to tweens everywhere by the name of her Disney Channel persona, Hannah Montana.
On the half-hour show "Hannah Montana," Cyrus plays a not-very-cool teen named Miley Stewart who has a very cool secret life -- she ducks into a cleverly hidden closet (imagine the Batcave redesigned by Barbie) and emerges as the world-famous pop star Hannah Montana. The relentlessly advertised debut episode of the series arrived on the Disney Channel in late March as the lead-in to an encore airing of "High School Musical," the stunningly successful made-for-Disney movie with a bestselling soundtrack. That bundling helped the "Hannah Montana" premiere score a record audience for a series on the channel, and since then, the Friday night sitcom is routinely the most-viewed basic cable show for the 6-to-14-year-old audience.