Noah Cyrus is the latest Cyrus family member to crack the Billboard charts, as “Make Me (Cry),” her debut single featuring R&B singer Labrinth, starts at No. 98 on this week’s Hot 100 after being released on Nov. 16. “Every day has been different for me — the first day [the song came out] I was in pure shock, and didn’t know how to handle it,” the 16-year-old Cyrus recently told Billboard. “The day the song came out, the morning of, I was getting all these great responses, and I looked at my mom and said, ‘I finally did it. It’s out.’ My mom cried. It was a very emotional moment.”
Noah Cyrus says that she didn’t know if she would pursue a music career while she was growing up… but how could she not? After all, the singer-songwriter is part of a family with 10 Top 10 Hot 100 hits combined, and a dozen Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart. Here’s a breakdown of the current chart achievements of the illustrious Cyrus family, with Noah as the latest success story.
BILLY RAY CYRUS
1 top 10 hit on the Hot 100
7 top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart (1 No. 1)
2 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 (1 No. 1)
3 top 10 albums on the Top Country Albums chart (2 No. 1s)
Before the words “Hannah” and “Montana” had ever been paired together, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus was inspiring line dances across America with “Achy Breaky Heart,” the 1992 crossover smash that hit No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart. Since then, Cyrus has mostly been kept out of the mainstream, although his success in the country world since “Achy Breaky Heart” has been relatively unheralded: the 55-year-old has had six more Top 10 country hits, including “Achy” follow-up “Could’ve Been Me” and “Ready, Set, Don’t Go,” a 2007 duet with his daughter Miley. His most recent album, Thin Line, was released in September, and included collaborations with Joe Perry and Shelby Lynne.
8 top 10 hits on the Hot 100 (1 No. 1)
10 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 (5 No. 1s)
1 No. 1 soundtrack on the Top Country Albums chart
Born the same year that her father Billy Ray achieved national stardom with “Achy Breaky Heart,” Miley Cyrus has since become one of the defining pop stars of the new millennium, thanks to both the portrayal of her Disney Channel character Hannah Montana and Cyrus’ adult stardom that followed under her own name. Between 2006 and 2009, Cyrus sent three Hannah Montana soundtrack albums to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, before establishing her own pop career with PG-rated singles like “See You Again,” “The Climb” and “Party in the U.S.A.”
Yet it was her 2013 album Bangerz, released a month before her 21st birthday, that gave Cyrus her first No. 1 single on the Hot 100 (“Wrecking Ball”), returned her to arenas and shed her kid-friendly image once and for all. The official follow-up to Bangerz is still in the works, although Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, a Flaming Lips-assisted detour, was released in 2015.
1 top 10 hit on the Hot 100
1 No. 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart
1 top 10 album on Alternative Albums chart
Fun fact: as a member of Metro Station, 27-year-old Trace Cyrus has as many Top 10 hits as his dad! Miley and Noah’s big brother served as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the pop-rock group, who briefly took over Top 40 radio with the dance hit “Shake It” in 2008. The group went on an indefinite hiatus after only one self-titled album, and Cyrus formed a band called Ashland HIGH; in 2014, he returned to Metro Station, and the group released the comeback LP Savior in 2015.
1 hit on the Hot 100
Following the debut of “Make Me (Cry)” at No. 98 on the Hot 100, Noah Cyrus will continue writing songs for her debut album, which she hopes to release in 2017. She’s already been getting advice from Miley, who told her that “there are always going to be haters,” and to ignore them. “She told me to not look myself up, ever,” says Noah Cyrus. “I’ve turned my comments off on Instagram. I think that was the best thing I could have done right now.”