She’s no stranger to controversy but Miley Cyrus has gone a step further in the video for the second offering from her album Bangerz…. by getting completely naked. The 20-year-old strips off to ride a Wrecking Ball to accompany the single of the same name, and has created a short film that’s more provocative than even her last boisterous hit, We Can’t Stop.
This isn’t surprising when you take into account that the video was directed by controversial photographer Terry Richardson – the man known for shooting Kate Upton’s curves and who counts Lindsay Lohan as a key muse. In the film, a nude Cyrus straddles a swinging wrecking ball, licks a sledgehammer and smashes up a few walls for good measure.
Cyrus posted a link to the video on Monday with the hashtag #WreckTheRecord meaning she’s keen to break her own VEVO record of views in one day, and to reclaim her crown from One Direction. We Can’t Stop video scored 10.7 but One Direction’s Best Song Ever clip accumulated 10.9 million glances in July.
We Can’t Stop was promoted by a video that was full of twerking, partying and even featured a make-out session between Miley and a doll. And her now infamous VMA performance saw her parade around in a bra and knickers, whilst twerking (again) and performing some other obscure movements with a foam finger.
In an an interview with MTV, the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus compared herself to Madonna and Britney Spears, who also made headlines when they locked lips during a passionate on air kiss 10 years ago at the 2003 VMAs, and she’s likely to have some tricks under her belt for her first hosting gig in Saturday Night Live on October 5.
Cyrus confirmed she’ll head up the landmark show and will also, gulp, perform. Katy Perry will take the baton a week later on the 12th. Miley – who is currently in Amsterdam – has been very busy in Europe promoting her fourth album, which is her first album with her new punk look and attitude, which is quite the 180 from the Country Bumpkin image she used to fuel her teenage career.
On Saturday she spanked a Twerking dwarf as she sang We Can’t Stop on German TV. Bangerz will be release on October 8 and the album will reportedly feature a collaboration between Miley and Britney Spears.