Billy Ray Cyrus says he's behind Miley Cyrus' new song, "Wrecking Ball," as well as the video for the track, which was released on Monday, much to the Internet's delight -- the clip broke the Vevo record for most views within 24 hours.
The 52-year-old country singer told "Entertainment Tonight" he thinks "Wrecking Ball" is simply a great song, even outside of the much talked-about music video: "I'm a song man. A musician singer songwriter who loves all styles of music. But again...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."
"If people get past the point that I'm naked and you actually look at me, you can tell that I actually look more broken than even the song sounds," said the singer, who in the video makes it awfully hard to get past the point that she's naked.
"If people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination a little bit and see what the video really means and the way that it is so vulnerable. ...," she continued. "If you look at my eyes, I look more sad than actually my voice sounds on the record. It was a lot harder to actually do the video than it was to even record the song. It was much more of an emotional experience."
So, emotion, eyes, imagination, vulnerability. Turns out Miley's just a normal girl after all. Once you subtract the foam finger.