Billy Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter and actor. Having released 12 studio albums and 44 singles since 1992, he’s best known for his number one single “Achy Breaky Heart,” which became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia. Take a look below for 28 more interesting and weird facts about Billy Ray Cyrus.
1. “Achy Breaky Heart” was the best-selling single in Australia in 1992.
2. Due to the video of this song, the line dance gained in popularity.
3. Cyrus, a multi-platinum selling recording artist, has scored a total of eight top-ten singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart.
4. His most successful album to date is his debut “Some Gave All,” which has been certified nine times Multi-Platinum in the United States and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at number one on the Billboard 200 and most consecutive chart-topping weeks in the SoundScan era.
5. It’s the only album in the SoundScan era to log 17 consecutive weeks at number one and is also the top-ranking debut album by a male country artist.
6. It ranked 43 weeks in the top 10, a total topped by only one country album in history, “Ropin’ the Wind” by Garth Brooks.
7. “Some Gave All” was also the first debut album to enter at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart.
8. The album has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling debut album of all time for a solo male artist.
9. In his career, he has released 36 charted singles, of which 17 charted in the top 40.
10. In 2019, Cyrus earned his first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 as a featured artist on a remix of Lil Nas X’s song “Old Town Road.”
11. From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television show “Doc.”
12. From 2006 to 2011, he co-starred in the Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley Cyrus.
13. From 2016 to 2017, he starred as Vernon Brownmule on the CMT sitcom “Still the King.”
14. Cyrus was born on August 25, 1961, in Flatwoods, Kentucky, to Ron Cyrus, a politician and former steelworker, and his wife, the former Ruth Ann Casto.
15. Cyrus started singing at the age of four.
16. His parents divorced in 1966.
17. His grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher.
18. Growing up, he was surrounded by bluegrass and gospel music from his family.
19. His right handed father played guitar, however, left handed Cyrus tried to play his father’s guitar, but couldn’t.
20. He attended Georgetown College on a baseball scholarship before changing to music.
21. He dropped out of Georgetown during his junior year, realized that he wanted to become a musician after attending a Neil Diamond concert, and set a 10 month goal to start a career.
22. In the 1980s, he played in a band called “Sly Dog,” before signing a record contract with Mercury Nashville Records.
23. Sly Dog was named after a one-eyed dog that Cyrus owned.
24. From 1986 to 1991, Cyrus was married to Cindy Smith, with whom he co-wrote the songs “Wher’m I Gonna Live?” and “Some Gave All,” both of which were featured on his 1992 debut album “Some Gave All.”
25. On December 28, 1993, Cyrus married Leticia “Tish” Cyrus. Together they have three children: Miley Ray, Braison Chance, and Noah Lindsay.
26. He also has two adopted stepchildren from Finley’s previous relationship: Brandi Cyrus and Trace Cyrus.
27. Cyrus also has a son, Christopher Cody, from a previous relationship with Kristin Luckey, who raised him in South Carolina.
28. Cyrus described himself as a “lifelong” Democrat in 2000, when his song “We the People” was being used as a campaign song by George W. Bush.