Billy Ray Cyrus is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his contribution to the “Worst Songs in The History Of Sound Recording” category by taking a John Deere tractor ride over his name. Henceforth, he shall simply be known as “Cyrus.” Even his daughter Miley Cyrus is making a face, and that chick has made a career out of giving the world full-body cringes.
Billy Ray… sorry, Cyrus… (Do I have to? Ok, it’s your name, I guess.) has re-recorded his one hit wonder, “Achy Breaky Heart,” at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. Rolling Stone posted the song and reports it’s a version that’s much closer to songwriter Don Von Tress‘ demo. For those of you who aren’t into country, yet you’ve been wishing for a version of “Achy Breaky Heart” to listen to while doing molly – you’re in luck! He’s also recording an EDM version with Bootsy Collins. Was David Guetta unavailable to make history? Does this mean an eventual re-recording of “Achy Breaky Heart, Pt. 2?” If so, will Elon Musk have opened SpaceX to the public prior to that? I’ll be needing a ticket.
As for the name change, Cyrus told Rolling Stone Country has wanted to go by plain ol’ “Cyrus” for awhile now.
“After August 25th, I will be the artist formerly known as Billy Ray. 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.”
It’s nice to commemorate past triumphs with a rebirth or two, but there are other things in life he could have switched up beside his name. Endeavoring to get his daughter to put a shirt on would have been nice. Unveiling a wig that looks a little less like Ferris Bueller’s mom fell on hard times and a little more reminiscent of something actually biological would have been a nice milestone appreciator as well.