Billy Ray Cyrus to Perform on NBC’s “TODAY” May 25 Collaborates with Latin Superstar Jencarlos Canela on New “Achy Breaky Heart” Version

Billy Ray Cyrus to Perform on NBC’s “TODAY” May 25

Collaborates with Latin Superstar Jencarlos Canela on New “Achy Breaky Heart” Version

Billy Ray Cyrus and Jencarlos CanelaCyrus Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Multi-Platinum Single “Achy Breaky Heart”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 19, 2017) – Billy Ray Cyrus continues a media blitz to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Achy Breaky Heart” with an appearance and performance on NBC’s “TODAY” May 25 as the music icon connects with fans internationally on a new reggae-infused version of “Achy Breaky Heart,” featuring Latin superstar Jencarlos Canela. This latest version of “Achy Breaky Heart” is AVAILABLE TODAY.

Countless versions of the inimitable “Achy Breaky Heart” have hit the airwaves worldwide over the last 25 years, but none quite as unique as the Billy Ray Cyrus/Jencarlos Canela version. As Latin Billboard raved, “The unprecedented collaboration between the pair is getting reimagined.”

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of song, which hit No. 1 on Hot Country Songs and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, Cyrus said, “When the song was released 25 years ago, the world was very divided. Perhaps 25 years later it might be even more divided so through the magic of a little song, people can come together for just a moment to dance and sing and celebrate life, that’s all that matters.”

Jencarlos Canela said he jumped at the chance to record with Cryrus. “It’s a song that has transcended cultures and generations. It was an honor to be in Nashville invited by Billy Ray Cyrus and the team. I’m more country than people think. One of my favorite moments in the studio was when Billy Ray said to me, “son you’re not Elvis – you’re Elvicioo!” We laughed so much and there was also the unforgettable moment when Billy gave me his leather jacket from when Achy Breaky Heart had just come out. I knew I was holding a piece of American history and I now own it. Maybe 25 years from now I’ll pass it down to someone,” Jencarlos said.

The original version ofAchy Breaky Heart,” was released in 1992 and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon that topped charts around the globe and made a superstar out of a boy from Flatwoods, Kentucky. The multi-million selling country single launched the 90’s line dance craze and is undoubtedly one of the most history-making songs in all of country music history.

Cyrus recently appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider,” HLN’s “MichaeLA,” “Dish Nation,”, “Song Talks with Richard Marx,” Yahoo Music’s “Backspin” and “Young Hollywood.”

Internationally renowned superstar Billy Ray Cyrus continues captivating audiences with his distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence. Throughout the course of nearly three decades, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, Kentucky native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, which debuted on the Billboard album charts at No. 1 and stayed there for 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went platinum and Some Gave All went on to sell 9 million copies. Recently, he re-recorded “Achy Breaky Heart” in Muscle Shoals to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Cyrus became a bonafide music icon and exemplified how Nashville’s take on the music business changed for country artists. Along the way, Cyrus charted 35 singles, 16 of which are Top 40 hits, including “Could’ve Been Me,” “Where’m Gonna Live When I Get Home,”“She’s Not Cryin,” “Some Gave All,” “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” and many more. Cyrus has also enjoyed a successful career as an actor, most notably in cable series “Doc,” and in the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley Cyrus. Today, Cyrus stars in CMT’s “Still the King” and is recording new music while playing to live audiences across North America. For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus and his upcoming projects, visit and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


Known for his rugged good looks as well as his voice, Jencarlos Canela is a Latin pop singer from Miami who made his Top Five hit album debut in 2009 after rising to fame as a telenovela actor on Telemundo. Born on April 21, 1988, in Miami, Florida, Canela graduated from the New World School of the Arts in 2006 and found work as an actor. While he found work in commercials and stage musicals, he was most successful as a telenovela actor, appearing in the Telemundo productions Pecados Ajenos (2007), Doña Bárbara (2008), and Más Sabe el Diablo (2009), the latter of which featured him in a starring role. Concurrent to the success of Más Sabe el Diablo, Canela made his full-length solo album debut with Búscame (2009). The album includes the theme song of Más Sabe el Diablo, “Amor Quédate,” which was released as the lead single. Produced and written almost entirely by Rudy Pérez, Búscame was a big hit upon its release, reaching number two on the Billboard Latin Albums chart. Canela followed the album up with the single “Mi Corazón Insiste,” and the album Un Nuevo Día in 2011.

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