Billy Ray Cyrus renames himself, re-records ‘Achy Breaky Heart’

“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. Now, to mark the occasion, the singer has re-recorded the 1992 track   with Don Von Tress — who first wrote the track — to create a version that is more authentic to the songwriter’s intention for the original. “After Aug. I’m just going by my last name Cyrus,” he told   Rolling Stone Country. 25, I will be the artist formerly known as Billy Ray. I’m going to the hospital where I was born in Bellefonte, Kentucky, and legally changing my name.” Bye-bye, ‘Billy Ray’! Aside from the new “Achy Breaky” release, Cyrus is also working on a new album, as well as continuing his stint on   Still the King,   which premieres its second season May 1st on CMT. Long before being known as dad to the likes of pop starlets Miley Cyrus   and Noah Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus was a country music icon, thanks to his number one hit single   “Achy Breaky Heart” — which came out 25 years ago this year. Additionally, Billy Ray is also taking a page out of Prince, Cher, and Madonna’s playbook, by changing his name to only one word: Cyrus. Listen to the reissue of “Achy Breaky Heart” below. Show Full Article