Miley Cyrus has defended her decision to quit pop - insisting she has grown disillusioned with the "contrived" music industry.
Since shooting to fame as schoolgirl pop star Hannah Montana on the hit Disney show, Cyrus has released three studio albums to date, and is planning for her fourth, out later this year (10), to be her last.
The 17 year old has moved on to serious acting with her first grown-up role in The Last Song, and has confirmed that she wants to concentrate on her movie career.
And Cyrus insists she felt forced to step away from making music, because she grew tired of record label bureaucracy.
She tells Britain's Daily Record, "I just feel like the industry is so contrived and political right now. If people stepped away and said, 'We're not going to work like this, it's more about out art than the politics', then maybe it would go back to being respected again.
"I'd rather be in an industry that I feel like I can be different in, and do things that really inspire me. It's not that I don't love music, I do. But I feel like I just need to get away from that for a little while."