Five years on, Miley Cyrus still holds record for longest confirmation time

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Today marks exactly five years since the day Vevo had confirmed and announced that Miley Cyrus broke the Vevo record with We Can’t Stop, with 10,700,000 views in 24 hours. A month later, it became the fastest video to reach 100 million views, but this was surpassed later that year with Wrecking Ball, which did it in a mere six days. Both records have come and gone and outlived their glory days, but five years on, the older of the two still holds the record for the longest “confirmation time” for a video that ever held the single-day viewing record. That video was uploaded on June 19, 2013, and turned 24 hours old on June 20, but the record was unknown until the 26th. About nine months before then, One Direction’s “Live While We’re Young” held the record for the longest time it took to confirm a record, with five days (The video turned 24 hours old on September 21, 2012, but the record was unknown until September 26.) Normally, it takes only two days, or 48 hours, to confirm that a video broke the 24 hour viewing record. Presumably the reason it took so long to confirm these records is that they broke their predecessors by a relatively small amount. For example, Live While We’re Young broke the record by only 40,000 views. When Miley Cyrus broke the record with her video in June 2013, it was also a very close race (10,700,000 vs. 10,600,000). However, Wrecking Ball had 19,300,000 views, over 50% more than the 12,300,000 views generated by One Direction’s “Best Song Ever”, so that record was known almost immediately.


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