Nicki Minaj breaks Vevo record with ‘Anaconda’ video

Video receives 19.6 million views within 24 hours of its release

Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Anaconda’ has broken Vevo’s record for most views within the first 24 hours of release.

Vibe reports that the video received 19.6 million hits in the day following its Tuesday (August 19) release. Scroll down to view the video.

Dubbed a “twerk anthem”, the song heavily samples Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 hit ‘Baby Got Back’. “I wanted to reinstate something,” said Minaj, speaking to ABC’s Good Morning America about the video. “In pop culture, especially hip-hop, men are really glorifying the less curvy body. I wanted to say, ‘Ladies, you’re beautiful.'”

In February, the rapper apologised for using a photo of Malcolm X to promote her new song ‘Lookin Ass Nigga’. The photo featured the human rights activist peering out of a window, holding a gun, whilst the accompanying video for the track featured Minaj shooting at men.

“What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass Niggaz? Well, I apologize,” said Minaj, responding to comments on her Instagram page. “That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued.”