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Relatively few adolescent pop sensations have successfully put their pasts behind them.
Miley Cyrus managed to do it, abandoning her squeaky-clean Hannah Montana persona at the age of 18 and never looking back. Mononymous TV Mouseketeers Britney and Justin were still in their early teens when they shed their Disney images, reclaimed their full names, and went on to achieve massive success as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
But Tiffany will, in all likelihood, forever remain Tiffany, a SoCal native who got her first taste of success at the age of 15 with her 1987 shopping-mall tour — there was no YouTube back then — and reached No. 1 with her remake of the ‘60s hit “I Think We’re Alone Now.”
Still, there’s more to the former Tiffany Darwish than meets the headlines. Yes, she has appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap and I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Yes, she’s posed for Playboy. And yes, she starred with Debbie Gibson in director Mary Lambert’s tongue-in-cheek Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.
But Tiffany has also released 10 albums, a number of which have earned serious critical accolades. Billboard included her 2000 The Color of Silence among its Top 10 Best Albums of the Year, praising it as “thoughtful, intelligent, and full of grace.” Her 2011 Rose Tattoo album found her returning to roots hardly anyone knew she had; in the years leading up to the infamous mall tour, she was singing honky-tonk at L.A.’s Palomino Club and performing Tanya Tucker and Juice Newton songs on The Ralph Emery Show.
All of which brings us to Tiffany’s latest album Pieces of Me, which sounds like a more hard-rock version of Fleetwood Mac, and earned an endorsement from, of all people, Dave Navarro. “Tiffany has re-invented herself in a way that very few are able to do,” declared the Jane’s Addiction guitarist. “Authenticity and passion are vital tools for any artist, and she has tapped into both, creating something completely unexpected.”
Let’s see if Britney and Justin can top that.