Miley Cyrus has taken a "wrecking ball" to the charts, smashing her way to #1 for the first time ever.
Her single "Wrecking Ball" has jumped from 22 to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , replacing Katy Perry 's "Roar" at the top of the chart, where it had been for two weeks. The highest Miley had gotten previously was #2, with both "Party in the U.S.A." and "We Can't Stop."
A big contributor to "Wrecking Ball's" success is its racy video, which features the singer sitting completely nude on, yes, a wrecking ball. It racked up a record 19.3 million views on VEVO in its first 24 hours, and since the Billboard chart now counts streaming -- like the kind you get from playing a YouTube video -- as well as airplay and sales, it gave the song a huge boost.
But the sales weren't too shabby, either: this past week, it sold 477,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That's the second-best total for the year: only "Roar" had more, when it sold 557,000 copies in its debut week.
Here's something else Miley can be proud of: she's the first member of her family to score a #1 hit. Her dad Billy Ray Cyrus reached the top 10 in 1992 with "Achy Breaky Heart" -- four months before she was born -- while her brother Trace Cyrus hit the top 10 with his band Metro Station ...remember their 2008 hit "Shake It?"
Miley's #1 spot means that for the first time in a year-and-a-half, the top three spots on the Hot 100 are held by women. Katy's "Roar" is at #2, and Lorde 's "Royals" is #3. The last time this happened was in March of 2012, when #1, #2 and #3 were, respectively, Katy's "Part of Me," Adele 's " Set Fire to the Rain" and Whitney Houston 's "I Will Always Love You," which had re-entered the chart following her death the previous month.
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