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Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ Surges in Streams & Sales After ‘Old Town Road’ Remix Release

Twenty-seven years after it climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, earning Billy Ray Cyrus his first charting single, "Achy Breaky Heart" posted big gains in streaming and sales after he joined…

Twenty-seven years after it climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, earning Billy Ray Cyrus his first charting single, “Achy Breaky Heart” posted big gains in streaming and sales after he joined for the remix of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which was released April 5 and leads the Hot 100 this week.

“Heart” increased by 181% in on-demand streams (audio and video combined) in the U.S. in the week ending April 11, according to Nielsen Music. Its total nearly tripled, from 280,000 to 787,000 week-over-week.

The song’s on-demand video streams gained even more drastically, from 112,000 to 352,000 (up 215%). On-demand audio streams jumped from 168,000 to 435,000 (up 159%).

Meanwhile, download sales for “Heart” soared by 92% to under 1,000 in the same span.


Now that Cyrus is featured on “Road” (whose remix with him accounts for the majority of its streams and sales for the week), he earns his first Hot 100 No. 1. He makes his first appearance on any Billboard songs chart since being featured on Buck 22’s “Achy Breaky 2,” a reworking of Cyrus’ breakthrough hit, in 2014. The track reached No. 11 on Hot Rap Songs and No. 80 on the Hot 100.

The original “Heart” became Cyrus’ first Billboard chart entry. Along with its No. 4 Hot 100 peak, it spent five weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, laying the groundwork for 30 additional entries for Cyrus on the latter list, including six more top 10s.