Though it stars two best friends goofing off in front of a webcam in a bedroom, “The Miley and Mandy Show” is not exactly your typical YouTube channel. And not just because it stars the country’s highest-earning teen celeb , Miley Cyrus, and Mandy Jiroux, Miley’s backup dancer on the Best of Both Worlds Tour. Their latest video, a high-flying dance video set to Madonna’s “4 Minutes,” appears to have prompted a YouTube response from the Material Girl herself.
The “Hannah Montana” star and her friend have been uploading a series of videos to the Web for the past two months, but none has garnered as much attention as last week’s, which has received over a million hits since it was uploaded on Sunday.
In their new installment, the M&M Cru with a U — a name the pair came up with for the video — fight ninjas and take part in a well-choreographed dance battle with the crew from “Step Up 2: The Streets,” which includes the film’s director, John Chu, star Adam Sevani, and “Step Up” star Channing Tatum. There’s even a cameo by Cyrus’ grandmother.
Aspects of M&M’s latest production resemble Madonna’s “4 Minutes” video, which features Justin Timberlake in an apocalyptic dance-off, but in an interview with E! News, Cyrus and Jiroux insisted that their version is not a spoof.
“We do, like, two moves Madonna has done in the past,” Jiroux said, explaining that the video is a response to a challenge made by the “Step Up 2″ crew.
“[Chu and Sevani] made a video first calling us out, and we made this video responding to theirs,” Jiroux told E!. “M&M Cru definitely won.”
Nevertheless, it seems to have caught Madge’s attention, inspiring the pop icon to address those who’ve decided to re-create her new music video while she does a little “cleanup.”
Not your typical cleaning lady, Madonna wears stiletto boots, a black dress and a long gold necklace as she vacuums what she says is the set of her new music video. Madge never actually says that her YouTube entry is a response to the Miley and Mandy creation, but she’s not fooling us.
“All you people out there who are making videos to my new single, ‘4 Minutes,’ keep up the good work, nice job,” she says in the video, before sternly offering some words of advice: “You’ve got to clean up after yourselves, all right? Because cleanliness is next to godliness.”