Billy Ray Cyrus (born August 25, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has released 16 studio albums and 53 singles since 1992, and is known for his number one single “Achy Breaky Heart”, which became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia. It was also the best-selling single in the same country in 1992. Due to the video of this song, the line dance gained in popularity
“Achy Breaky Heart” is a song written in 1990 by Don Von Tress. Originally published in a recording by The Marcy Brothers under the title “Don’t Tell My Heart” in 1991, it was later recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus and released on his debut album Some Gave All in 1992. The song is Cyrus’ debut single and signature song. It became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia and also 1992’s best-selling single in the same country. In the United States, it became a crossover hit on pop and country radio, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot Country Songs chart, becoming the first country single to be certified Platinum since “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983. The single topped in several countries, and after being featured on Top of the Pops in the United Kingdom, peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.