“Wrecking Ball,” which is Cyrus’ latest offering off of her upcoming album, “BANGERZ,” was aided in its rise by the 20-year-old singer’s boundary-pushing music video for the track. The visuals alternate between tight shots of Cyrus’ emotional face as she cries, and stark images of the pop star riding naked on a wrecking ball.
Cyrus took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 100 for the first time, as her past successes have peaked at No. 2. The former “Hannah Montana” star’s first entry in the top five was her 2009 jam “The Climb,” which hit No. 2, followed by the smash hit “Party in the U.S.A.” which rose to No. 2, and finally, her controversial party anthem “We Can’t Stop” which took No. 2 earlier this summer.
Cyrus, whose fourth studio album is hyped to hit stores on Oct. 8, is followed on the Hot 100 this week by Katy Perry’s “Roar” at No. 2, Lorde’s “Royals” at No. 3, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” at No. 4, and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” at No. 5.