Can you believe it has been 25 years since Billy Ray Cyrus released Achy Breaky Heart?!
In those 25 years, a lot has changed. Everything from a growing family, to a supporting role in the Disney Channel’s show Hannah Montana, and even some tough family changes. Now Billy Ray Cyrus is experiencing another big change; after August 25th, he will officially be the artists formerly known as Billy Ray.
The artist told Rolling Stone Country of his decision and plans to legally change his name:
“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. I’m going to the hospital where I was born in Bellefonte, Kentucky, and legally changing my name.”
On top of shedding two thirds of his name, Cyrus also announced the re-release of his signature chart topper. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Achy Breaky Heart, Cyrus re-recorded the famous track and announced that a new album is in the works.