In her new video “Wrecking Ball,” the second single from her upcoming album â€śBangerzâ€ť, the ex-Disney starlet has drastically changed her tune. Instead of whistling while she twerks, Miley is writhing naked on a giant wrecking ball and crying actual tears.
“Wrecking Ball” is the latest single off of Cyrus’ upcoming album, “Bangerz.” Due out on Oct. 4, “Bangerz” is led by Cyrus’ hit single, “We Can’t Stop.”
“It’s officially here #wreckingballonvevoNOW,” the 20-year-old pop starÂ tweeted this morning.
After rising to fame with her title role on the Disney Channel show “Hannah Montana,” Cyrus entered the music business with early hits like “The Climb” and “Party in the U.S.A.” Cyrus’ fourth studio album, “BANGERZ,” shows a departure from the singer’s previously family-friendly image.
“I feel like I can really be myself,” Cyrus told Billboard about her album. “I really have more of a connection of who I am, and I feel like I can maybe express that more in my music now.”
Her last video “We Can’t Stop” has offered its fair share of controversy for the 20-year-old singer. Cyrus made waves with the lyrics of the song, as the party track alluded to drug usage, as well as the accompanying visuals, as the music video showed a scantily clad Cyrus doing the twerking dance moves she is now famous for.
But in the clip, released two weeks after her internet-breaking VMAs performance, Cyrus isn’t in a particularly happy, twerking mood.
The “Wrecking Ball” clip first shows Cyrus in an extreme close-up in front of a brightly white background; when song begins she starts crying, and, as the Billboard writes, the whole affair recalls Sinead O’Connor’s iconic “Nothing Compares 2 U” video.
In the video she’s wearing a white crop top and matching bottoms, smoldering as she carries a massive hammer and walks toward the camera in slow motion.
One of the most shocking moments of the new video comes about 75 seconds in, when a nude Cyrus is shown straddling a swinging wrecking ball and lip-synching along to the pop ballad. The ex-Disney star smashes more walls and licks the aforementioned sledgehammer before eventually collapsing in the middle of the rubble.
Famed fashion and portrait photographer Terry Richardson directed for “Wrecking Ball,” which sits tight at No. 9 on iTunes top singles chart. Aside from the video, Cyrus on Monday also was announced as Saturday Night Live’s Oct. 5 host and performer.
The clip is sure to be the latest headline-making effort from Miley, who’s been the talk of the tabloids since the release of her music video “We Can’t Stop” followed by her controversial performance of the single with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Cyrus is encouraging fans online to help her reclaim the Vevo record for most video views in 24 hours. She earned that record for “We Can’t Stop” in June before relinquishing the honor to One Direction’s “Best Song Ever.” Cyrus will release the track list for her forthcoming album, Bangerz, if her Smilers fan base breaks the record, Mashable says.