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Who tried to spoil Miley Cyrus's Christmas by releasing her new music video a day early?

The New York Daily News reports that the raunchy video for the controversial pop star's new single Adore You was released by parties unknown on late Christmas Day, one day before its scheduled release date – and Miley herself is none too pleased.

On Boxing Day, Cyrus herself went on Twitter to post the comment: "We all know Smilers would break another record if it wasn't for the f–-face who leaked my video. Alllll good! Keep smiling :)"

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According to the Urban Dictionary, "Smiler" is the term given to a "true Miley fan," who supports the former Hannah Montana star no matter what the haters say.

And while Cyrus is supposedly ticked off at the video for Adore You coming out early, her fans were thrilled by the preemptive release – and possibly even a little shocked.

Running four minutes and 39 seconds, the song is the third video from Cyrus's Bangerz album and once again, Cyrus supplies her more straitlaced critics with fodder to critique her risqué behaviour.

In the video, Cyrus, 21, sports minimal makeup and is shown wearing a sheer bra and panties under flowing white bed sheets and appears to be simulating masturbation on more than one occasion.

Adore You also features Cyrus attired in black lingerie and includes a steamy bath sequence. Any suggestion that Cyrus is not a sexually liberated women are dispelled in the racy video.

And naturally, the now-famous Miley tongue makes an appearance, though not until the very end of the video.

You can watch the officially released version of the Adore You video here.

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As anyone could have predicted, Cyrus's "Smiler" fan base have taken to Twitter to express their adoration for the new song.

Twitter user Matt (@mtgodin) pretty much summed up the reaction of Smiler Nation with his gushing tweet: "OMG Adore You video leaked. I'm in love."

Less impressed was celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who was one of the first people to showcase Adore You (although he wasn't the person responsible for leaking the video) on his website and called the song "uninspired and boring."

However, Hilton also wrote: "Sex still sells. Especially when you're Hannah Montana. And a lot of people will watch this video just to see Miley touch herself."

In more amusing reactions to the Adore You video, noted music-video director Joseph Kahn, who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, appeared to be confusing the likely faux rumours of Justin Bieber's retirement with the new Cyrus video.

Kahn's tweet: "Maybe it's good that Bieber retire. Filming himself masturbating in those white sheets is going too far."

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Cyrus previously sparked controversy with the music video for her song Wrecking Ball, in which she appeared naked on a wrecking ball, licking a sledge hammer.

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