By Laura Ferreiro
The video for Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" – the second single from her upcoming Bangerz album – smashed several records for being the most viewed video on VEVO, receiving more than 95 million views the week it was released. (It has since surpassed that number significantly, reaching more than 152 million views at the time of writing).
As pretty much anyone who has a computer or smart phone can tell you, the video starts off demurely, with a close-up of Miley's face as tears run down her cheek. However, things change quickly and before long she's swinging from a wrecking ball in the buff while aggressively licking a sledgehammer.
Apparently director Terry Richardson preferred a more subtle approach, and created a director's cut of the video, which the former "Hannah Montana" star shared on Twitter on Tuesday. It focuses solely on Miley's face as she emotionally mouths the words to the song about a tumultuous and damaging relationship, and is completely devoid of any twerking or tongue wagging.
The director's cut of "Wrecking Ball" bares a striking resemblance to Sinead O'Connor's inconic "Nothing Campares 2 U" video, which features a close-up of the Irish singer mouthing the words to the Prince-penned song. Aside from the fact that Miley sings in front of a white background and O'Connor's background is black and includes some gorgeous shots of Paris, the two clips share a tremendous amount in common, right down to the cropped dirty blond hairstyles and streaming tears of both stars. It's hard to believe they were made almost 25 years apart!
Interestingly, the two singers claimed their tears were real. Miley recently told Rolling Stone, "That was real. My dog just passed away," while O'Connor was reportedly brought to tears by the lyric, "All the flowers that you planted, Mother/in the back yard/All died when you went away," because she had a difficult and abusive relationship with her late mother.
In any case, the pared-down director's cut of "Wrecking Ball" allows us to focus more on the actual song and the meaning of the lyrics, without being distracted by Miley's naked, tongue-wagging antics. Which is a good thing.