Miley Cyrus Defends Lorde as "Awesome," Tells Fans to Chill with Death Threats

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Miley Cyrus may have the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100.

But she no longer has the top spot on iTunes.

That honor now belongs to Lorde, a 16-year old whose single overtook "We Can't Stop" yesterday and who Tweeted about the achievement excitedly... with one caveat.

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“wo #1 on US itunes," Lorde wrote. "even if it lasts an hour i feel HAPPY. downside is all these miley fans telling me they’re gonna stab my rotting corpse.”

Cyrus, to her credit, learned of her fans giving this rising artist a hard time and jumped to her defense on Twitter, writing last night:

“@lordemusic why r people so mean??? Ps your music is awesome.”

Miley, of course, can relate to folks being mean these days. She continues to be under fire for her lewd MTV Video Music Awards performance and her naked Wrecking Ball video.

Of the former, Cher recently said "she can't dance [and] her body looked like hell."

Ouch, harsh stuff, Cher. Very harsh stuff.

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Miley Cyrus Biography

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Miley Cyrus has evolved tremendously over the years. Initially known for portraying Hannah Montana, the singer/actress made an effort to... More »
Franklin, Tennessee
Full Name
Destiny Hope Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Quotes

Thank you guys for all your support. Without you, none of this would be possible. I love every one of you and I could not be more appreciative. God bless you.

Miley Cyrus [at a concert, soon after photo scandal broke]

I have let myself down. I will learn from my mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will guide me through my life's journey.

Miley Cyrus [on lewd photos]