Video Report: Outside a "Hannah Montana" Screening in New York

February 4, 2008 6:20 PM ET

The music industry is at a crossroads and the bottom continues to threaten to fall out, but that certainly hasn't stopped Miley Cyrus from becoming her own cottage industry. But who are the people who helped Best of Both Worlds become a box office record breaker? The intrepid Rock Daily video crew hit the pavement on Friday to get up close and personal with the future of the record buying public. What did we learn? Everybody loves Hannah Montana. (Well, almost everybody.)

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »