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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 05/06/2010

Miley Cyrus’s new video: Too much too young?

Miley Cyrus is now 17-and-a-half, so of course it's time for her to step up that campaign to break away from her teenybopper image. I mean, the girl's got a career to think of and teen singing sensations are about as lasting as a set of braces. One day the Disney Channel-loving legions of tweens are all "We love Miley," and the next they're all like "Let's kill Kim Kardashian cuz we luv Justin Bieber." It's a fickle market.

In that spirit, Miley this week released a new video for the first single from her upcoming album. It's called "Can't Be Tamed," but should perhaps be called "I Am Some Kind of Sexually Predatory Bird Woman (And Please Ignore the Fact That I'm Still Underage While I Grind Against This Guy)." A mouthful, but it would be more accurate.

Have a watch:

For those of you who can't -- or won't -- watch, here's the deal. A caged Cyrus, equipped with a 15-foot wingspan, channels "Toxic" era Britney Spears (and a little Beyonce) while executing some predatory dance moves and sporting a $25,000 bustier. Stylist Denika Bedrossian told People.com, "Our inspiration for the video was exotic endangered birds breaking out of their cages; lots of sexy, dark, exotic feathers."

The song is catchy enough. If Spears can chart with "Gimme More," I'm sure Miley can do the same with her new material. The lyrics are predictably dimwitted, but also underscore a break with her teen image -- and core teen audience. Some choice lines:

"I go through guys like money flyin' out their hands."

"I'm like a puzzle but all of my pieces are jagged."

"I can't be tamed, I can't be saved
I can't be blamed, I can't, can't."

Will it work? Does Miley – like Britney and Christina Aguilera – have the chops to trade in her teen sensation-ness for a legit adult career? Or, is it too much too soon?

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 05/06/2010

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