Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ Smashes One Direction's VEVO Record

19.3 million viewers have watched the 20-year-old singer lick a sledgehammer and straddle a wrecking ball in the nude

Miley Cyrus’ image overhaul has attracted record-breaking attention.

The 20-year-old pop singer's new music video for new single “Wrecking Ball” has shattered the record for most views on VEVO in the first 24 hours, with 19.3 million views across the music video platform. This isn't the first time Cyrus has reigned supreme over VEVO, though.

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“We Can't Stop,” the first single from her upcoming album, “Bangerz,” broke a previous record when it debuted on VEVO in June. One Direction's “Best Song Ever” stole the title in July when the music video hit 12.3 million views in 24 hours.

In the larger YouTube landscape, Psy's “Gentleman” became the first music video to rack up over 20 million views in its first 24 hours last April. Cyrus’ was shy of breaking any records outside of VEVO, but she did follow in Psy's footsteps by pummeling Justin Bieber's 2012 hit “Boyfriend,” which debuted last year with 8 million views in the first 24 hours.

Cyrus’ “Wrecking ball” is currently approaching 22.5 million, and is even more revealing than her controversial VMA performance (see side boob in video above), which apparently has given her the boost in attention she was hoping for.

Still, there were some drawbacks. Vogue editor Anna Wintour was decided to nix Cyrus’ appearance on the December issue's cover in wake of the twerknado that rolled through the media after Cyrus took the VMA stage in skin-colored under garments last month, and proceeded to back her butt into the crotch of married man Robin Thicke.

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Cyrus may not be too worried about losing the high-profile publicity, though, because she's already gotten plenty of it — even if a lot of it wasn't all that flattering — and she doesn't “pay attention to the negative” noise surrounding her career. Instead, she's just thanking her fans for the success.

“Bangerz,” her 13-track new album which features Britney Spears, goes on sale on Oct. 8.

  • Old Dude

    Smoking HOT!

  • Frances Brown

    Why is it that Miley reminds me so much of Marilyn Monroe? I hope she doesn't end up the same way.

  • mfan

    That Vogue story was untrue. Is it too much trouble to call Vogue and ask for a comment???

    • mfan2

      Update, it looks like the story was true. I guess Vogue is for old people, now.

  • rebelapache

    One of the greatest performers of our time.

  • jp

    good song played to a bad porn.

  • Oliver

    trashy whore

  • Suzette Valle

    Sex tape next…

  • Jennifer

    What is wrong with this girl! the video is ok but naked and licking a hammer, don't have no clue why she would choose to do so… Its really sad.. I wonder what her parents thing.. shit they don't care look how much money she is making off this video.. Poor little girl! I do see where she is coming from, she is Miley with millions of fans she can care less the negative feed back she gets on this video, like I said she is Miley Cyrus! she's not a little girl any more she is growing up and has a lot more to come..

  • Keith Oliver

    Mom caught 14 year old daughter doing the “Twerk” like Miley Cyrus did at VMA and made mom upset! As punishment, daughter held sign on corner of busy street saying what she did and how it degrades young women.

    Nice way to influence the young youth.

  • Daphne

    nice song but why sing it in the nude, why's Miley doing this to herself? She was so nice……..

  • Nina

    Shit!!!

  • dsdds

    What happened to her