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Miley Cyrus wears backless mini-dress to MTV Awards

Miley Cyrus on the red carpet of the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in a backless mini-dress. Credit: Vilhelm Stokstad / TT

Miley Cyrus has arrived at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in a backless mini-dress that was an apparent homage to late rappers Tupac and Notorious BIG.

The 19-year-old former Hannah Montana star's dress emblazoned the words 'Please Stop Violence'.

Ellie Goulding on the red carper of the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

British Songstress Ellie Goulding also flashed some flesh in a black lace Dolce and Gabbana dress, while US singer Katy Perry arrived at the Ziggo Dome in a more demure mint green dress.

Katy Perry arrives at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Explicit music videos 'should not be banned completely'

Explicit music videos should be made available to the public in a responsible age-appropriate way but should not be banned completely, Gennaro Castaldo of the British Recorded Music Industry told ITV News.

Read: Five music videos banned for going too far

Gennaro Castaldo of the British Recorded Music Industry talking to ITV News. Credit: ITV News

"We have been speaking to digital service providers about whether they could introduce age-based filters. That could be one way of solving this problem," Mr Castaldo said.

"Rather than trying to stop content by banning or censoring it, it’s about how to make it available in a responsible fashion."

Mr Castaldo said the industry takes the issue extremely seriously, but pointed out that "values move" on and that "back in the 50s, people were scandalised by Elvis Presley."


Youngsters call pop videos 'a bit disturbing'

A group of 12-14 year olds have criticised sexually suggestive music videos, calling one Rihanna promo "a bit disturbing" and accusing Miley Cyrus of teaching young kids to twerk.

Pharrell and Robin Thicke's pre-watershed version of the "Blurred Lines" video also came under fire from the group for portraying women as "easy" and "having no self-respect".

Parents' fears over explicit pop music: Survey findings

Statistics from Netmums' poll of 1,522 parents:

  • 81.7% said that their child had sung or repeated sexual song lyrics without realising what they meant
  • 33.4% said their child had copied overtly provocative dance moves from pop star performances
  • 68.6% said that the message being sent was that "you need to flash your body and be sexual to get noticed"

Parents of boys:

  • 45.4% fear sexy music videos may make them grow up expecting women to be too sexually available
  • 58% said it may leave their sons expecting women to have unrealistic figures.

Parents of girls:

  • 75% worry their daughters would think they would be judged on their looks, not personality or achievement
  • 64.3% said they thought their child might be expected to be sexual too soon.


Pop music sends children 'negative message' about sex

Children as young as five are repeating sexual song lyrics and copying provocative dance moves from music by popstars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, a survey of parents has found.

Miley Cyrus was criticised for her performance at the VMA Awards where she twerked with Robin Thicke. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Parenting website NetMums found mums and dads are increasingly concerned that today's pop stars are sending their children negative messages about sex.

The research, which surveyed more than 1,500 parents, follows a warning by Jo Heywood, headmistress of Heathfield School in Ascot, that teenage girls were being "manipulated and confused" by high-profile pop stars such as former clean cut Disney star Miley Cyrus.

Singer Church slams 'male-dominated' music industry

Charlotte Church pictured performing in London in April. Credit: Empics

Singer Charlotte Church has attacked the sexism of the "juvenile" male-dominated music industry, which she said was increasingly creating and promoting "child-like" sex objects.

Delivering the John Peel Lecture at the annual Radio Festival in Salford, she said radio executives needed to take some of the responsibility for playing artists who relied on "soft porn" to boost their profile.

Church, 27, said women were being "coerced" into sexual roles to cling on to their careers and she classified women who were overtly using sexual imagery to boost their careers such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus as "unattainable sexbots".

"The culture of demeaning women in pop music is so ingrained as to become routine, from the way they are dealt with by management and labels, to the way they are presented to the public," she said.

Church's speech is to be broadcast at midnight tonight by BBC Radio 6 Music.

Miley Cyrus tops YouTube views in September

US pop sensation Miley Cyrus has claimed top spot in YouTube rankings for September, with her channel clocking up nearly 270.1 million views and comfortably outdoing long-running online favourtite PewDiePie, a Swedish games channel.

Miley Cyrus had YouTube's most popular channel in September Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

According to social media ranking site Tubefilter, The Miliey Cyrus channel averaged 9 million views a day and 104 views a second during the month.

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