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Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' smashes viewing record

Miley Cyrus performing at the MTV Video Music

Miley Cyrus performing at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center. (Aug. 25, 2013) Credit: AP

Miley Cyrus may actually know exactly what she’s doing.

Following her attention-grabbing MTV Video Music Awards appearance, her new video for “Wrecking Ball” (RCA) set a new record for viewership on VEVO Tuesday, racking up 19.3 million within its first 24 hours of availability. Cyrus’  first video from the upcoming “Bangerz,” the twerking-filled “We Can’t Stop,” previously held the record, but it was quickly overthrown by One Direction’s “Best Song Ever.”

While the 20-year-old continues to take a sledgehammer to her “Hannah Montana” image with the clothing-averse video for “Wrecking Ball,” the song itself is a more understandable step. The dramatic ballad is like Cyrus’ “The Climb” crossed with Rihanna’s “Stay,” a showcase for her powerful voice that also makes the most of current pop production with its sweeping sound and dubstep elements. As much as the Terry Richardson-directed video tries to cultivate Cyrus’ “edgy” side, “Wrecking Ball” is pretty much a simple, middle-of-the-road crowd-pleaser.

Cyrus apparently has more potential crowd-pleasers with “Bangerz” on deck. She released the album’s full track list Tuesday, including collaborations with Britney Spears, Big Sean and French Montana.

Here’s the track list:
"Adore You"
"We Can't Stop"
"SMS (BANGERZ)" (feat. Britney Spears)
"4x4" (feat. Nelly)
"My Darlin'" (feat. Future)
"Wrecking Ball"
"Love Money Party" (feat. Big Sean)
"#GETITRIGHT"
"Drive"
"FU" (feat. French Montana)
"Do My Thang"
"Maybe You're Right"
"Someone Else"

You can watch the video here. WARNING: The video contains contains graphic, sexual imagery.

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