The problem with being pop music’s most unpredictable wild child is that every time you raise the shock-and-awe bar, it makes it harder to surprise your fans the next time.
Miley Cyrus doesn’t seem to be too concerned, though. After licking a hammer and swinging around naked in the “Wrecking Ball” video and partying out of control in “We Can’t Stop,” Miley ups the ante even more in the just-revealed clip for the ballad “Adore You.”
The steamy video , which focuses squarely on Miley in shots that are meant to look like video selfies, has the kind of envelope-pushing imagery we’re used to from the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga and other pop provocateurs.
From simulated masturbation to shots of Miley writhing around under the sheets in just her underwear to a close-up look at her sensual bathtub regimen, “Adore” is the latest example of Cyrus leaving her girlish ways behind.
After leaking early on Christmas Day, the video officially premiered on Thursday morning (December 26) and just hours later had already been viewed more than 1.2 million times, with likes outpacing dislikes by four-to-one.