When a veteran in your industry gives you advice, just shut up and take it.
But that was not how 20-year-old Miley Cyrus saw it. Instead, she sparked a war of words with 90s star Sinead O'Connor when the Irish singer attempted to provide some motherly advice.
Now, with expletive-laden open letters to childish low-blow replies on Twitter, it's game on.
IT'S A WRECK
She said in a Rolling Stone magazine interview that the Wrecking Ball video, where she alternates between riding a wrecking ball in the nude and licking a sledgehammer suggestively, was inspired by Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U.
"I wanted it to be tough but really pretty which was what Sinead did with her hair and everything." Except, O'Connor's catalyst for tears was her late mother while Cyrus "thought of one of her dogs that had passed away".
"I wasn't going to write this letter, but today I've been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares.
"I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way 'cool' to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos.
"Nothing but harm will come in the long run from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself..."