Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' video hits YouTube records in its first 24 hours

Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' video hits YouTube records in its first 24 hours
Miley Cyrus arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

As soon as it was released yesterday, the internet was immediately abuzz over the music video for "Wrecking Ball," the second single off of Miley Cyrus's forthcoming album, "Bangerz." On social networking sites as well as news outlets, the talk was all about what she was doing (crying, mostly) and what she was wearing (nothing, often) -- but all those views added up. Before the 24-hour mark was even up, "Wrecking Ball" had broken Vevo and YouTube records for the most views in a single day.

The video hit 15 million views in just 20 hours. 

"Wrecking Ball" is already receiving criticism for sending young women the wrong message.

"I'm probably not alone among parents in dreading the likely question: 'Why has she done this?'" writes Michael Hann for "The Guardian."

"Maybe Cyrus has done this entirely of her own volition...But whatever her reasons for making the video, Cyrus does send a message: that the best way for young women to be noticed is to sexually objectify themselves."

Cyrus, who has been making headlines for her suggestive dance performance at the Video Music Awards several weeks ago, is busy repping "Bangerz," which drops October 8. The first single, "We Can't Stop," broke another Vevo record -- most views ever. It currently has almost 200,000,000 views, and sits at the #4 spot on iTunes.