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In the wake of Miley Cyrus' new music video "Wrecking Ball," her father, Billy Ray, is once again coming to his daughter's defense by insisting that she is an artist pursuing her passion while citing her "God-given talent."
"I'm a song man," Cyrus told Hollywood Gossip. "I come from the old school where it starts with an artist and a song...colliding if you will...in a moment where the song, the singer, the producer, the band and the listener become one."
"It wouldn't have mattered if Miley would have worn jeans and a flannel shirt... a Tux...or a nun's habit. The song's a smash...and her performance vocally on the tune reflects her roots and sheer God given talent."
The new video "Wrecking Ball" has earned over 20 million views and has only been out for a few days, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Cyrus tweeted the announcement of the record breaking number of views.
"We broke the record ☺ We hit 12.3 million on vevo ☺ keep watching #wreckingballonvevo thank you Smilers," she wrote early on the morning of Sept 10.
The previous record was not set by Cyrus and "We Can't Stop," but it was held by the popular boy band One Direction and their hit "Best Song Ever."
Within just 24 hours, that One Direction video earned a huge 10.9 million views on Vevo, according to USA Today.
Yet, Cyrus is asking her fans to move past the controversial dress, or lack thereof, and concentrate on the videos deeper meaning and message, which is why the young singer did the video in the first place.
"If people can take their minds off the obvious and go deeper into their imagination and see what the video really means, it is so vulnerable," Cyrus said. "It was much more of an emotional experience."