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Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky’ Comeback Finds Chart Success

Billy Ray Cyrus
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Billy Ray Cyrus may have another ‘Achy Breaky’ hit on his hands!

The past few weeks have seen a resurgence of tthe smash hit ‘Achy Breaky Heart,’ thanks to an unlikely pairing of country and hip-hop. Cyrus hooked up with rapper Buck 22 to release ‘Achy Breaky 2‘ — a modern dubstep remix — and the new track is blowing up the charts, debuting at No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending Feb. 16. It also bowed at No. 11 on the Hot Rap songs chart and No. 16 on Streaming Songs.

Billboard says the chart success of ‘Achy Breaky 2′ mostly comes from the video that was released on the same day as the song, which features scantily-clad twerking aliens in a not-so-subtle nod to Cyrus’s daughter, Miley, and went viral almost instantly.

The video has over 7 million views on YouTube so far, and that number just keeps rising. And since Billboard now has modified rules that help songs rise in the rankings depending on how much they are streamed online or viewed on social media, it’s no wonder ‘Achy Breaky 2′ has found so much success on the charts, too.

Cyrus released ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ in 1992 and it quickly became a country hit, holding on to the No. 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart for five weeks and peaking at No. 4 on the Hot 100. Like ‘Achy Breaky 2,’ the original video was a success as well, helping kick off the line-dancing craze of the ’90s.

Next: Watch the Viral 'Achy Breaky 2' Video

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