Naked Miley sets record with 'Wrecking Ball' video
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, TODAY
(NBC) - Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video is destroying records as thoroughly as the wrecking ball in the video destroyed the walls of its set. The video, which premiered Monday, received 19 million views on the VEVO music-video website in just one day, almost doubling the previous record held by One Direction's "Best Song Ever."
The singer campaigned heavily to encourage her fans to break the record, and it worked. "Wrecking Ball has officially beat the @VEVO record. thank you smilerzzzzz," Cyrus tweeted on Tuesday. "Y'all did went so above and beyond with wrecking ball :) I love you so much and thank you for breaking the vevo record!!!"
The video, which comes on the heels of Cyrus' controversial MTV Video Music Awards performance, shows Cyrus -- sometimes wearing underwear and a tank top and sometimes nude -- riding a wrecking ball. She also wields, and sometimes licks, a sledgehammer.
Cyrus' dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, made light of his daughter's video on Monday in a tweet: Trying to type ,tweet, twerk and ride a wrecking ball naked all at the same time while carrying a sledge hammer is proving difficult ! PEACE