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Cyrus says 'Hannah' ruined his family

Cyrus says 'Hannah' ruined his family

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Billy Ray Cyrus says "Hannah Montana," the TV sitcom he co-starred in with his daughter Miley, destroyed his family.
Michaels denies Cyrus affair claims

Michaels denies Cyrus affair claims

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Bret Michaels' representatives say the U.S. rocker did not have an affair with Tish Cyrus, the wife of singer Billy Ray Cyrus, as has been reported.
New 'Hannah Montana' CD on its way

New 'Hannah Montana' CD on its way

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- "Hannah Montana Forever," a CD featuring 11 songs by Miley Cyrus as her small-screen alter-ego Hannah Montana, is set for U.S. release next month.
Cyrus and son to star in Syfy show

Cyrus and son to star in Syfy show

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. singer, musician and actor Billy Ray Cyrus has signed on to develop and star in a reality series called "UFO: Unbelievably Freakin' Obvious," Syfy said.

M. Cyrus urged by father to rejoin Twitter

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Miley Cyrus should get back on Twitter and use the social networking service to inspire her fans, her father, singer Billy Ray Cyrus, says.

Country singer Cyrus star of 'Christmas'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus will star in a new Hallmark Channel movie titled "Christmas in Canaan."
4th season of 'Montana' will be its last

4th season of 'Montana' will be its last

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (UPI) -- U.S. singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus said the upcoming fourth season of TV's "Hannah Montana" will be the show's last.
Miley Cyrus: 'I'm mature for my age'

Miley Cyrus: 'I'm mature for my age'

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- U.S. singer-actress Miley Cyrus says she is more mature than other teenagers her age thanks to her experiences in the entertainment industry.
Cyrus backpedals on Obama invite

Cyrus backpedals on Obama invite

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Billy Ray Cyrus says he may have spoken too soon when he said U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's daughters may appear on TV's "Hannah Montana."
Obama daughters may appear on 'Montana'

Obama daughters may appear on 'Montana'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus says the two young daughters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama have been invited to appear on his show "Hannah Montana."
Cyrus celebrates 16th b-day at Disneyland

Cyrus celebrates 16th b-day at Disneyland

ANAHAIM, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Pop singer and television star Miley Cyrus celebrated her 16th birthday at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., last weekend, the amusement park said.
Swift to appear in 'Hannah Montana' film

Swift to appear in 'Hannah Montana' film

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Taylor Swift said she is to make an appearance in "Hannah Montana: The Movie."
Flatts, Pickler pick up CMT awards

Flatts, Pickler pick up CMT awards

NASHVILLE, April 14 (UPI) -- The band Rascal Flatts and singer Kellie Pickler were early winners Monday night at the 2008 CMT Music Awards ceremony in Nashville.
Jewel to judge, mentor on 'Nashville Star'

Jewel to judge, mentor on 'Nashville Star'

BURBANK, Calif., April 11 (UPI) -- U.S. recording artist Jewel has signed on to help find the next country music sensation on the television singing competition show "Nashville Star."
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American singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus attends the premiere of "Hannah Montana" at Odeon, Leicester Square in London on April 23, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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William "Billy" Ray Cyrus (born August 25, 1961) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist, who helped make country music a worldwide phenomenon. Having released twelve studio albums and forty-four singles since 1992, he is best 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. Thanks to the video of this hit, the linedance catapulted into the mainstream, becoming a worldwide craze. Cyrus, a multi-platinum selling recording artist, has scored a total of eight top-ten singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart. His most successful album to date is the debut of Some Gave All, which has been certified 9× Multi-Platinum in the United States and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at Number One on the Billboard 200 (17 consecutive weeks) and most consecutive chart-topping weeks in the SoundScan era. It's the only album (from any genre) 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. It ranked 43 weeks in the top 10, a total topped by only one country album in history, Ropin' The Wind by Garth Brooks. Some Gave All was also the first debut album to enter at the number 1 in the Billboard Country Albums. The album has also sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and is the Best-selling debut album of all time for a solo male artist. Some Gave All was also the best-selling album of the 1992 in the US with 4,832,000 copies. In his career, he has released 35 charted singles, of which 15 charted in the Top 40.

From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television show Doc. The show was about a country doctor who moved from Montana to New York City. In late 2005, he began to co-star in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus.

William Ray Cyrus was born in Flatwoods, Kentucky to Ron Cyrus, a politician, and his wife, the former Ruth Ann Casto. His grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher. Growing up, he was surrounded by bluegrass and gospel music from his family. His father, a right-handed man, played guitar. Billy Ray, on the other hand, was left-handed. He tried to play his father's guitar, but could never learn. Cyrus attended Georgetown College on a baseball scholarship before switching his focus to music. During the 1980s, Cyrus played in the bar band Sly Dog before getting a record deal with Mercury Nashville Records.

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