Thursday 18 January 2018

Miley Cyrus scores first US number one with 'Wrecking Ball'

The singer reached the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to the large number of video streams 'Wrecking Ball' received

Miley Cyrus has scored her first number one single in the US with "Wrecking Ball".

The track rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to its download sales and the millions of streams its video received.

Unlike the British charts, which are ranked solely on sales, the US singles countdown is decided by the amount of video streams, download sales and radio plays.

"Wrecking Ball" received 36.5 million video streams and 477,000 paid downloads to knock Katy Perry's comeback single "Roar" from the top spot.

The controversial video, which shows Cyrus writhing naked on a demolition device, has no doubt helped the singer gain her first number one.

The clip, which was released weeks after her eyebrow-raising VMA performance, broke Vevo records to become the most-viewed video in 24 hours, attracting 19.3m global views.

The actress/singer poses provocatively during a photoshoot with Terry Richardson
The actress/singer poses provocatively during a photoshoot with Terry Richardson
Miley performs with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV VMAs
Miley started off as a child star, acting from the age of 11
She had a wholesome image, starring in Hannah Montana, alongside her father Billy Ray Cyrus
A tween Miley was the perfect poster child for the Disney Channel
She became famous for her conservative wardrobe
In her first major movie role, The Last Song, Miley embraced a lighter hair colour
As she grew up, Miley began embracing a more mature look
Miley and her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth
The gorgeous starlet was a red carpet pro by the age of 17
She and her now fiance, promoted their romantic film around the world
In a shock move at the time, Miley chopped her trademark long locks in favour of an ombre bob
Miley and Liam were one of Hollywood's premier young couples
At last year's Oscars, Miley stunned with her old Hollywood inspired look
As time went on last year, she began to embrace a funkier style - tighter clothes, shorter skirts and a new hairstyle every week
Her wardrobe was soon more punk rock chick, rather than pretty princess
Earlier this year, she shocked fans by bleaching her hair and shaving the sides
In the last six months, she has grown an affinity for sticking her tongue at the camera
Some of her decisions may be questionable, but one thing is for sure - she is certainly in shape. Her daily three-hour pilates classes are clearly working
The once too-sweet-to-be-true Miley seems to have disappeared for good

Cyrus had previously hit the number two spot with her singles "We Can’t Stop" and 2009’s "Party in the USA", though the former did garner the former Disney star her first UK chart topper.

She is also the first member of her family to achieve a Billboard number one.

He father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, had a number four hit with "Achy Breaky Heart" in 1992, while her brother Trace rose to number 10 with his band Metro Station’s "Shake It" in 2008.

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