Miley Cyrus has returned to pop music with a revamped image and sound, as "We Can't Stop," the lead single from her fourth studio album, has risen to No. 5 on the Hot 100 chart thanks to a menacingly catchy hook and Mike WiLL Made-It's pristine beat. In the "We Can't Stop" music video, which has earned 47 million YouTube views after premiering last month, Cyrus presents herself as an irrepressible, confident female figure -- and over the course of her career, the 20-year-old has had a lot of positive female artists to learn from.
During Cyrus' sit-down with Billboard for her recent cover story, the pop star chatted about her five all-time favorite female musical artists for the latest edition of Pop Shop's "Gimme Five" series. Among her choices? Lil Kim, about whom she says, "In my past life, I feel like that was me. I feel like Lil Kim is who I am on the inside."