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Short summary

An accompanying music video for "Wrecking Ball" was directed by Terry Richardson, and was premiered through Vevo on September 9, 2013. The clip features close-up footage of Cyrus emotionally singing to the camera against a white backdrop, having been inspired by the music video for "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor. Interspersed throughout are scenes of Cyrus licking a sledgehammer and swinging on a wrecking ball. At first, she is shown dressed in a sleeveless shirt, panties and Doc Martens boots; as the video progresses, she is then shown wearing only the boots.

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"Wrecking Ball" is a pop ballad which lyrically discusses the deterioration of a relationship.

"Wrecking Ball" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 50, and later became Cyrus' first number-one single in the United States after the release of its controversial music video; it retained the peak position during the following week.

Nine weeks later, the track returned to number one, and consequently had the largest gap between number-one sittings in Billboard Hot 100 history.

As of January 2014, "Wrecking Ball" has sold three million copies in the United States.

The track topped the charts in Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom, and charted in the top ten throughout much of Europe and Oceania.

"Wrecking Ball" held the Vevo record for the most views in the first 24 hours after its release with 19.3 million views.

At the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards, Cyrus took home the award for Best Video and the award for Video of the Year at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

Cyrus won the award for World's Best Video at the 2014 World Music Awards in Monte Carlo.

Cyrus has performed "Wrecking Ball" during several live performances, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival and an episode of Saturday Night Live.

The track peaked at number six on the Official German Charts, and was certified platinum.

Ranked #19 on Billboard's list of the Best Music Videos Since 2000.

Miley Cyrus No. 1 single.

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    • Author: Broadcaster
    She doesn't for one moment come across as being sincere. Dunno 'bout you, but that's a too obviously fake performance. Crocodile tears. I haven't seen the parodies, but this one is almost already a parody of itself.

    Comes in like a wrecking ball indeed! Wrecking her own music video with an unconvincing attempt at emoting sorrow. Almost as if one eye is crying, and the other is gauging the reaction.

    Why don't I go for it, as normally I am a sucker for this kind of thing?

    First off, pardon me, I am biased against the very idea of shaven buzz-cut looks. Not that this is what she sports here, but it is, to me, just a glorified version of the same thing. Long hair is a thousand times better than short hair. Am me myself more an UNLEASHED fan. So, laugh at me, but I look at this, and wince. Okay, Hannah's hair was a wig, but still... Other people are on about the nudity, but that slips past me, all I can think "She shouldn't have done that..." And it isn't only that. She has done much to alienate her fans, shock 'em, and shock their mommies too, and while I am not a prude, far from it, scoundrel that I am, I am a purist, and she's been tainting her own image, so I am not exactly a fan of the new look. My main interest here was the controversy surrounding the music video. I generally do not watch music videos before having them on DVD, as it would spoil the experience, the surprise, so much lie in anticipation, but here, I did get involved, and left her a message of support on VuClip, I well remember. 100% enthralled I am not, but I'd be damned if I'd let the spirit of freedom in creativity be overrode because people are objecting to some nudity. Which, by the way, is very tame, 'scandalous' only because she is everybody's kid sister's idol. But, hell, she doesn't even take those boots off, :) so where's the nudity? (kidding!)

    Another big problem for me is the raw sound, it's kinda almost a screech, I guess not really, but I found it off-putting. As I've admitted, I'm not fond of her hairstyle, it's too gamine, and that sounds almost cute, so it's too boyish, too plain ol' stupid geeky boy, that's nailing it a bit better. Yes, yes, yes, the body is of course not boyish, but the 'naked head' is my concern... It's not "put some clothes on, Miley" from me, but "grow out your locks again, Miley" so feel free to laugh at this old uncool dude. What I'm trying to say though, is that this insincere-looking contrived teary bit sounds off, way off. Even if I didn't have my 'petty complaint' nothing could fix that.

    But there's more than just that. Laughably ridiculous the licking of the sledgehammer, she is trying so hard to shake off her Walt Disney image that she is making a spectacle of herself. Nudity properly done is fine, I am not faulting her flesh, or performance, but, Miley, do not cheapen yourself with desperately overt, if poorly-executed, displays of simulated oral sex references.

    So apart from me coming across as "Hair is a girl's crowning glory. To all blonde princesses, thou shalt not cut thine fine tresses," I have now more or less stated that there is a whole lot more wrong here. But society only sees the nudity. I see a spoilt brat looking very hard like she's trying to cry over a spilt ice-cream cone.
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    • Author: Vobei
    This is the music video for the super successful 2013 hit "Wrecking Ball" by singer Miley Cyrus. People mostly knew her from being the child actress on "Hannah Montana" and here she is exploring her sexuality in front of everybody's eyes. The video was quite a scandal back then, but people really need to loosen up a bit. She is not a minor anymore and you don't even see her boobs explicitly. The video is okay in my opinion. The metal licking is a bit ridiculous, but other than that nothing bad, but nothing too extraordinary either. The song is fairly catchy and I can see why it became such a hit. Thumbs up for Miley, I always liked her and I hope she can repeat the success of this song many more times in the future. Oh yeah, the director here is Terry Richardon, who has already made many music videos, for example also for Lady Gaga, so controversy should not be anything new to him.
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