On January 3, 1991: Billy Ray Cyrus signs his first recording contract with Mercury Records in Ashland, Kentucky. In conjunction with the event, the mayors of Ashland and Flatwoods, Kentucky, each proclaim Billy Ray Cyrus Day.
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Internationally renowned superstar Billy Ray Cyrus is celebrating ‘25 Achy Breaky Years’ this weekend on SiriusXM’s Prime Country Ch. 58. Hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus’ longtime friend Storme Warren, Cyrus opens up about his journey from Flatwoods, Kentucky to achieving worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The ‘25 Achy Breaky Years’ special also includes an exclusive acoustic performance.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Achy Breaky Heart,” which hit No. 1 on Hot Country Songs and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, Cyrus re-recorded and released a Muscle Shoals edition on iTunes.
“When the song was released 25 years ago, the world was very divided. Perhaps 25 years later it might be even more divided so through the magic of a little song, people can come together for just a moment to dance and sing and celebrate life, that’s all that matters,” Cyrus said.
On this day in 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus began a five-week stay at the top of the Billboard US Hot Country Songs chart with “Achy Breaky Heart”. The song was the debut single for Cyrus off of his 1992 album Some Gave All.
Initially, the song was not favored by critics but has now become his signature song. “Achy Breaky Heart” was Certified Platinum by the RIAA in the US and was a crossover hit. It also became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia and also 1992’s best-selling single in the same country.
Kelsea Ballerini will get animated tomorrow (5/31) as she voices a character on Nickelodeon’s preschool series, Blaze and the Monster Machines. In the new episode, Ballerini will play an athletic toucan-truck named Tooks, who helps the other talking monster trucks during a game of “Jungle Ball.” Kelsea will make her animated debut on Wednesday (5/31) at 12 PM ET on Nickelodeon.
- Billy Ray Cyrus was also featured on a recent episode of Blaze and the Monster Machines, playing a greedy lizard-truck named Lazard.
- Darius Rucker is also set to voice a tough-talking falcon-truck named Thunderwing during an upcoming episode premiering later this year.
Several country stars took to social media over the weekend to react to the death of Southern Rock icon Gregg Allman on Saturday (5/27) at the age of 69. A message on The Allman BrothersBand’swebsite says Gregg passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia. While no specific cause of death was immediately given, the message said that Allman had “struggled with many health issues over the past several years.”
Here’s how some of the country stars reacted to Allman’s death:
While playing his last show on the “Holdin’ My Own Tour” in Nashville on Saturday (5/27), Eric Church performed a rendition of The Allman Brother Band’s classic “Midnight Rider.” That performance can be seen here:
Keith Urban: My heart breaks today at the passing of soul brutha Gregg Allman. Blessings and peace to all the Allman family. – KU
Brad Paisley: What a legacy @GreggAllman leaves behind. Jam on in the great hereafter.
Jason Aldean: This one hurts a lot. This was one of my heroes. He made it seem possible for a kid to come out of Macon, Georgia, make a name for himself and make it in this business. He was such an inspiration to so many of us that tried so hard to imitate him but could just never quite do it the same. Thanks for the music and thanks for making me believe I could achieve my music dreams too. RIP Gregg Allman. https://www.instagram.com/p/BUnQp6XjhcU/
Jimi Westbrook: One of my favorite voices of all time. We lost a legend today. RIP Gregg Allman. Your music lives on forever in our hearts. https://www.instagram.com/p/BUnT6W9j6qb/
Chris Stapleton: The first time I ever set foot in an amphitheater, I opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd & the Allman Brothers.
Chris Stapleton: I’ll always be grateful for that moment and the wealth of musical influence. RIP Gregg Allman https://vimeo.com/188680983
Charlie Daniels: Gregg Allman had a feeling for the blues very few ever have
hard to believe that magnificent voice is stilled forever
Jennifer Nettles: [Heartbroken emoji] One of the best.
Wynonna: I recently spent time with this beautiful spirit & sang every word at the concert. I sit here stunned that we have lost another legend. #RIP https://twitter.com/Wynonna/status/868557183235051520
Travis Tritt: I’m so very saddened to hear of the passing of rock & blues legend Gregg Allman. He was such a huge influence on me.
Billy Ray Cyrus: RIP @GreggAllman. A true legend.
Following in the footsteps of one-named celebrities such as Bono, Cher, and Madonna, Billy Ray Cyrus has decided to change his name to just Cyrus. The singer revealed the news in an interview with Rolling Stone Country, telling the publication that he’ll go to the hospital where he was born in Bellefonte, Kentucky, to legally change his name. Cyrus says, “After August 25th, I will be the artist formerly known as Billy Ray. I’m just going by my last name Cyrus. I always went by Cyrus, and I begged Mercury Records to call me Cyrus in the beginning because that’s what I was comfortable with.”
- But this won’t be the first name change in the family, as Billy Ray’s famous daughter legally changed her named from Destiny Hope Cyrus to Miley Ray Cyrus in 2008.
- In other news, Cyrus has just released a new version of his iconic 1992 hit “Achy Breaky Heart” in celebration of the song’s 25th anniversary. Listen to the new version here.
- Billy Ray joined the song’s writer Don Von Tress and members of the famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section to re-record the track in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
On this day in 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus becomes the first country artist to ship 5 million copies of his debut album, with the latest certification of Some Gave All. The album included Cyrus’ break out hit breakthrough song “Achy Breaky Heart”.
The album would be Certified 9× Platinum by the RIAA.
On this day in 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus’ debut album Some Gave All, which featured “Achy Breaky Heart”, landed at #1 on the Country Albums Chart. Some Gave All would wind up the best-selling album of 1992 in the US with 4,832,000 copies. To date, the album has been certified 9× Multi-Platinum.
On this day in 1961, Billy Ray Cyrus was born. Cyrus scored a total of eight top-ten singles on the Billboard Country Songs Chart. His debut album Some Gave All has been certified 9× Multi-Platinum in the United States and is the longest album by a debut artist to stay at number one on the Billboard 200 (17 consecutive weeks). Happy Birthday to Billy Ray Cyrus, as he blows out 54 candles today.
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