Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video Demolishes Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking Ball' Record


It's official: Nicki Minaj is bigger than Miley Cyrus. The numbers are in and Minaj's "Anaconda" music video has smashed the video-stream record for Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball."

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That's no small feat, either. Minaj's rump-shaking clip, which premiered on Vevo at midnight Thursday, tallied 19.6 million video plays in 24 hours, besting the 19.3 million streams Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" generated on the first day of its release in September 2013.

Vevo announced Minaj's victory at 1 a.m. Friday in a Twitter post:

Minaj also acknowledged the feat:

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The nearly five-minute "Anaconda" video is packed with gratuitous moments of Minaj and her background dancers gyrating to a track that samples Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," his 1992 ode to women's derrieres. Hip-hop heartthrob Drake makes a buzzy cameo in the video, receiving a special lap dance from Minaj.

The clip got the Sir Mix-A-Lot seal of approval:

Nicki Minaj and Drake in Anaconda. (Photo: Vevo)
Nicki Minaj and Drake in Anaconda. (Photo: Vevo)

The video has sparked a massive reaction via social media. The hashtag #AnacondaVideoOnVevo received 854 million impressions and 145,267 Twitter mentions from 95,412 users.

The "Anaconda" win is not the first time Nicki broke a first-day video stream record on Vevo. In October 2012, her "Beauty and a Beat" collaboration with Justin Bieber set a record with 10.6 million video views, and, that January her "Stupid Hoe" clip scored 4.8 million plays. Six of Minaj's videos have racked up more than 100 million spins.

Minaj will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards, which take place this Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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