Whether you know her as Hannah Montana or Miley Cyrus, the young woman born Destiny Hope Cyrus holds the collective attention of the world in her hands. Many adored her when she was precocious girl on her hit Disney TV show, Hannah Montana. Those same fans have been shocked to see the recent changes she’s gone through on her road to adulthood, yet still can’t get enough of her. Her latest album, Bangerz, is already generating lots of buzz leading up to its October 8 release.

Did you know? As an infant, the singer was given the nickname “Smiley” by her family, which eventually morphed into “Miley.”

After topping the charts with three multi-platinum albums released as her Hannah Montana character, Miley Cyrus’ first album under her name, Breakout, quickly shot to #1 on the charts. However, as she grew older she began to shy away from the bubblegum pop image that had made her a star, just as young artists like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and even Michael Jackson have done. The uncertainty of where her true style lay was clear on her 2010 album Can’t Be Tamed as she attempted to straddle the line between pop and something more. As Miley and her early fans grew older, they began to grow apart.

Cyrus’ coming of age really began in 2008, with racy stolen pictures and a controversial spread by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. Her transition into adulthood continued in 2012, cutting off her long blonde hair in favor of the short, blonde pixie cut. Her style became more modern and with it, her musical leanings. The first single from Bangerz, “We Can’t Stop,” displays a more dance/party-rock style that is emphasized by its music video, which features a scantily clad Cyrus partying, writhing and “twerking.” While the dance style isn’t exactly new, Cyrus has brought it to the front of the mainstream, thanks, in part, to her performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Just a few weeks later, she created even more controversy when the music video for “Wrecking Ball” was released, featuring Cyrus riding a wrecking ball, leaving very little to the imagination. Despite the public outrage, the singles have shot to the top of the US charts and even gone platinum overseas, proving the power of sensationalism.

Miley Cyrus’ journey of musical self-discovery isn’t even close to being over; Bangerz is merely just a pit stop on the road to who she truly wants to be. But, with a clearer style and personality than she’s had in years, fans that enjoy her new style can simply enjoy the ride. With Bangerz coming out in less than a week, Miley Cyrus is sure to have a tour coming up this fall. Be sure to Demand It! on Eventful so you can catch her in a town near you!