Billy Ray Cyrus' 'Achy Breaky Heart' Remake Hits Top of Rap Charts

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 07:34 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Billy Ray Cyrus' hip-hop remake of his 1992 hit "Achy Breaky Heart" has catapulted the country star to the top of the Billboard rap charts.

The revamped song, which features rapper Buck 22, debuted at No. 11 on the list of "Hot Rap Songs" this week, edging out regulars Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and Jay-Z.

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And the 52-year-old must be happy about the news because he was photographed waving around a copy of the chart listings this week.


The song puts a rap spin on a classic that jumpstarted Cyrus' career in 1992, the same year his daughter Miley was born. The proud dad even gave a shout-out to his superstar daughter on the track.

Buck 22 raps, "Miley keeps twerkin'/Daddy song is workin'/Now Billy sing that crazy hook again," as Billy Ray Cyrus yells "Wrecking ball," one of Miley's biggest hits.

Buck 22, who is the son of Dionne Warwick, recently talked about how the "Achy Breaky" remake came to be.

"I took a chance and asked if [Billy Ray] would mind if I could take a crack at remaking 'Achy Breaky Heart' and he looked at me for a moment, and said, 'Lots of people have tried already, but go for it,'" he told Complex magazine earlier this month. "He didn't have a clue that I had already gone into the lab and cooked up a demo of what I thought would be a fun EDM/hip-hop styled version, which at the time only had a sample from the original of his voice."

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