Billy Ray Cyrus Changing Name to Just "Cyrus", Rerecords "Achy Breaky Heart"

by VVN Music

Lots of musicians have changed their name. Anthony Benedetto became Tony Bennett, Walden Cassotto became Bobby Darin, John Deutschendorf became John Denver, Stefani Germanotta became Lady Gaga, Madonna Ciccone became Madonna and Cherilyn Sarkisian became Cher.

Most of the time, though, those name changes came early in their career before they were known by the public and, normally, was prompted by management or the record company.

A couple of years ago, Reba McEntire decided that, from now on, she would be known as just "Reba" but it didn't stick so her latest album has her full name back on the cover.

So it comes a big surprise that country singer Billy Ray Cyrus has decided that his new name will be just "Cyrus".

The singer told Rolling Stone Country "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."

Cyrus is also ready to unleash all sorts of reimaginings of his signature song, Achy Breaky Heart, on the public. The first, released today (April 28), is known as Achy Breaky Heart 25: Muscle Shoals Edition. 


Interestingly, the "cover" of the single lists "Billy Ray Cyrus and the Silver Mullet Band".

Cyrus also says he has addition versions of Achy Breaky Heart coming including one in "Spanglish" and an EDM version with Bootsy Collins.

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