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Billy Ray Cyrus

Garth Brooks was far and away the biggest country music star of the 1990s, but Billy Ray Cyrus was the artist who best exemplified how Nashville's take on the music business had changed in that decade. Brooks was the first country act who was introduced to the world with the same degree of marketing savvy and commercial calculation as a major pop star, and with results nearly any pop star would envy. Cyrus' first album debuted on the Billboard album charts at number one, and would stay there for 17 weeks in 1992, supported by a music video that sparked a new dance craze and a wave of publicity that made him one of the most talked-about people in America, and one of country music's first real-deal sex symbols. To many, Cyrus became a symbol of Nashville's new commercial acumen, while others saw him as evidence of how far country music had strayed from its roots. Caught somewhere in between was Cyrus himself, a performer who found he had to prove himself as an artist after he had become one of the greatest popular success of all time.

William Ray Cyrus was born in Flatwoods, Kentucky on August 25, 1961. Cyrus' father, Ron Cyrus, was a politician who spent 21 years in the Kentucky House of Representatives before retiring from office in 1996. Ron Cyrus was also an amateur guitar picker, Billy Ray's mother played piano, and his grandfather, a Pentecostal minister, played the fiddle, and family jam sessions were common in the Cyrus household, dominated by country, gospel, and old standards. Billy Ray's initial attempts to teach himself to play his father's guitar were foiled by the fact he was left-handed while his dad was right-handed, and it was years before he finally picked up the right instrument and learned to play.

While Cyrus enjoyed music, he had a talent for baseball, and attended Georgetown College on an athletic scholarship. But academics and baseball took a backseat to music after he picked up the guitar; he and his brother formed a country-rock band called Sly Dog, and in 1982 they landed a standing gig at an Ironton, Ohio roadhouse, prompting Cyrus to quit school and pursue music full-time. Sly Dog broke up after a fire burned down their home club as well as their gear in 1984, and Billy Ray relocated to Los Angeles in hopes of kick-starting his career. Cyrus had little luck in California, and moved back to Kentucky, but booked shows in Nashville as often as he could, refining his trademark blend of country and rock. In time, Cyrus attracted the attention of veteran country star Del Reeves, and when Cyrus landed a spot opening for Reba McEntire in Louisville in 1990, Reeves encouraged A&R men at Mercury Records to give him a look. After seeing Cyrus on an arena-sized stage, they quickly signed him to a record deal.

Mercury put together an aggressive promotional campaign for Cyrus that focused on his rugged good looks and his stage presence. Both were on prominent display in the music video for Cyrus' first single, which was designed to tie in to the growing popularity of line dancing in country music clubs. The video for "Achy Breaky Heart" received extensive play in clubs and on country-formatted television outlets, leading to major airplay for the single. "Achy Breaky Heart" became a phenomenon as the single went platinum, and Cyrus' debut album, Some Gave All, shot to the top of the Billboard charts and went on to sell nine million copies.

The history of popular music teaches that most great success come with a backlash, and Cyrus soon found himself strongly criticized by country music traditionalists, who didn't care for his rock-oriented sound, as well as by a variety of commentators who saw him as a product that became a success as a result of marketing rather than talent. Cyrus enjoyed enough success in 1992 to shrug off such criticism, but when he released his second album, pointedly titled It Won't Be the Last, in 1993, it failed to produce a single as successful as "Achy Breaky Heart," and though the album went platinum, it was a considerable disappointment compared to the debut. Cyrus' third album, 1994's Storm in the Heartland, received little support from country radio and struggled to go gold, and while critics began to warm to Cyrus with the tougher and more personal sound of 1996's Trail of Tears, the album was a flop, and following 1998's Shot Full of Love, Mercury parted ways with the man who helped them change the shape of the country music recording industry.

In 1999, Cyrus began dipping his toes into acting, playing a country singer named Lasso Larry Larson on an episode of The Love Boat: The Next Wave, and he landed a small role in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive in 2001. While Cyrus continued to make albums -- Southern Rain in 2000, Time Flies in 2003 -- they largely went unnoticed, but in late 2001, he landed the lead role in a cable television series, Doc, in which he played Dr. Clint Cassidy, a physician from the deep south who relocates to New York City. The show fared well enough to last until 2004, and made him a viable name in show business again; Cyrus also recorded a Christian album in 2003, The Other Side, which gave him a chance to explore his gospel roots.

In 2006, Cyrus dropped his ninth album, Wanna Be Your Joe, on Universal's New Door Records imprint; the album included his tribute to the hairstyle he rocked in his "Achy Breaky Heart" days, "I Want My Mullet Back," and its release coincided with his return to television. Cyrus' daughter Miley (born the same year "Achy Breaky Heart" was a hit) was cast in the title role of the Disney situation comedy Hannah Montana as an ordinary teenager who moonlights as a pop star, and Billy Ray, reasonably enough, co-starred as her father and manager, Robbie Stewart. While Miley was the show's star, Hannah Montana's massive success gave Billy Ray plenty of face time and raised his profile considerably. Wanna Be Your Joe became his first album to go gold since 1994, and he also enjoyed chart success with the 2006 Hannah Montana album, which included his duet with Miley, "I Learned from You." Disney, eager to make the most of the show's success, signed Cyrus to its own label, and Home at Last, which fused his country-rock sound with pop leanings, arrived in 2007. (That same year, Cyrus was a contestant on the popular television series Dancing with the Stars, where he lasted eight weeks.) A second album for Disney, Back to Tennessee, was released in 2009, while in 2010, Cyrus appeared on the self-titled debut album by his side project, Brother Clyde, an alternative/hard rock band. While Brother Clyde was initially launched as an all-star project with John Waite, Jeffrey Steele, and Phil Vassar, by the time the album was recorded, Cyrus was the only member of the original lineup still on board, and the group featured Jamie Miller of Snot on guitar and Samantha Maloney of Hole and Eagles of Death Metal on drums.

In January 2011, Hannah Montana finally ended its run after 98 episodes and a spin-off feature film, and five months later, Billy Ray released his final album for Disney, I'm American, a set of patriotic tunes which included a remake of "Some Gave All" and the title cut, which was written with his Brother Clyde bandmates. The following year, Cyrus announced he and producer Brandon Friesen had founded their own independent record label, Blue Cadillac Music, and their first release, Cyrus' Change My Mind, came out in the fall of 2012. Cyrus also announced he was writing his autobiography, to be published by Amazon, Rovi
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Comments

luvzebra
Miley is perfect the way she is. but out of her life she is who she is either you except it. or you keep it to yourself
Yes Erandi cute it is her real dad
She's a some
Is that the real dad?
Where is are Miley :(
What happend
So you like how your daughter is acting
She can sign those and she do not now twerk??????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
its sad how he let his daughter become the monster she is, and she thinks its cute
miley cyrus is herself let her be that way i mean we do things like that too so
STOP MILEY IS AMAZING STOP HATEING SO #teamsmilers
Everyone really needs to stop talking about Miley on her dad's page. He's probably not going to read these anyway and what's the point of being a snitch? I'm sure he knows, shut up �� and Miley is bae and she's amazing and if you don't like her don't listen to her music, and keep your opinions to yourself.
Ya she is rite
I love your songs and you. But I hate what your daughter has become. She is twerking! I mean really? Why won't u stop her?
bdog277
Hey mr. Cyrus your daughter is a terrible person now
Love all your songs
I love U and your SONGS
GUYS LET Mr.Cyrus ALONE! ( seriously ive changed from that throw out the window prank......) CMON GUYS!!












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SUCKERZ! xD :3 :P
MILEY IS A BIG SLUTTTTYTTTT T T Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y BITCHHHHHH
^_^ ^_^ ^__^:×
ckh66jmsdeh
Your daughter is amazing!!! <3 Miley
#truesmiler
Yah need to get yah life together.all yah can do I sit on your couch and criticize Miley Cyrus that's just wrong
Ok but can you can you can you try to get miley Cyrus back to hannhan montana
Ok
Sorry about miley man cause she just went crazy and made some bad vids man
Your the best Hanna Montana or miley Cyrus keep that work
Sorry about your daughter bro.
You and your daughter are PERFECT �� everybody says she went down hill, but really she's the same person people even call her bad names I really think she's the same beautiful girl she was 10 years ago I don't care what anybody says Miley is perfect her music is AMAZING . She's really pretty I still think she is the same girl !❤ I REALLY wanna meet you two in person for once . But it ain't gonna happen �� I hope y'all see this cause I want Miley to know she's still that gorgeous girl she alway
We ALL MISS OLD MILEY CYRUS HOPE SHE COMES BACK TO EARTH AND NOT THE NASTY AND INNAPROPIATE WORLD:(
jonisabby
Billy Cyrus is a great guy! But miley....... . . she sucks-!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
jonisabby
I used to like her but she has changed! She is inappropriat e and now I don't like what she did with her life! I loved her when she was Hannah Montana but not as miley Cyrus. In the wreaking ball she is very inappropriat e ! ! ! ! Miley what happened to you!!!!!!!!! ! ? ? ? ? ?
Miley used to be perfect butt now go tell her stop being like that��
Just leave everyone in the world alone!
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@karisxloves s s s u
What do you mean put this on 2 other songs kariasxloves s s s u
If you guys changed we would not change you✊
It's her life not yours so stop ya haters
Miley's horrible but he can't fix it go tell Miley her problems on her station
U need to have a talk with Miley she is showing off to much of her bodt
Stop hating let her be herself
areo_payne
Love you
I meen come on miley she just ugh sorry ppl listening to song from frozen
@rehtse.schi c k @ g m a i l . c o m STFU because good people don't care about how others act you little b**ch Miley is perfect.
Hi :-) lol pop
Kiss ur hand 5 times and put this on two other songs and a pink or blue ipod will be under ur pillow
OK understand that there are haters but why do you want to express it publicly just keep it to yourself some people don't want to hear it
troncopao
She has changed but that doesn't mean that you guys can say mean things about her and as I've been told she did not like every one thinking that she was Hanna Montana
How about everyone shut the f**k up and y'all are hoes
Excuse me Lover boy <3 miley is not an ugly whore stop hating
I can't believe he rewrote Achy Breaky Heart just for Miley!!! I mean, she's just his slutty daughter. If my daughter acted like MILEY, I wouldn't rewrite a beautiful song just so she'd be happy
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