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Cyrus Sidesteps Clarkson To Debut At No. 1

In a battle between two top-selling female acts, Miley Cyrus triumphed over Kelly Clarkson to score the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 with the confusingly titled double album “Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus.” The Disney project sold a whopping 326,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Clarkson’s embattled “My December” (RCA) opened at No. 2 with 291,000.

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August 1, 2007 at 6:28 am 24 comments

Cyrus coming to area for concert, album signing

miley_disney.jpgThere’s only one way to celebrate the release of a CD called “Home At Last.” Gas up the tour bus and high-tail it back to see mom and them.

Flatwoods, Ky., native music artist Billy Ray Cyrus will release his new Walt Disney Records CD, “Home at Last” on Tuesday. He will come home to share this new batch of songs live in concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the historic Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Ky., where he filmed the video to his mega hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”

Tickets for the concert, presented by WTCR-FM, 103.3, go on sale Monday at the Paramount and on Ticketmaster.

Tickets are $25, $20, $50 (limited number of gold circle seats).

Cyrus, who has stayed in the spotlight on the hit Disney Channel series, “Hannah Montana,” (starring his 14 year-old daughter Miley Cyrus) and the ABC competition “Dancing With the Stars,” has been working on the CD for a while, in between taping those shows.

Cyrus, who took off four months from the CD to try “Dancing With the Stars,” will also do an album signing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the Wal-Mart, 351 River Hill Road, Ashland, Ky. (off of US 23 ).

Opening the concert will be fellow Eastern Kentucky native, Julie Reeves, the former Virgin Records recording artist whose song, “Trouble Is A Woman,” was covered on this year’s American Idol show.

Cyrus, whose 1992 debut, “Some Gave All” sold nine million copies and topped the pop charts for a record-smashing 17 weeks, last played — and sold out — the Paramount in June 2005.

“Our listeners have asked us time and time again when is Billy coming back home,” said Judy Cornett, vice president/market manager for Clear Channel Radio. “This was just a great opportunity to let the fans hear the new music live, and I am sure a few of their favorite Billy Ray tunes will be rocking the Paramount Arts Center. ‘Achy Breaky’ was filmed there, so it is a lucky place for Billy Ray to showcase his new music.”

Cornett said this is a very special concert since he is not really “on tour” until October, but was coming through, and decided to do the concert even though there’s only just over a week to sell tickets.

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August 1, 2007 at 6:23 am 27 comments

When Miley Cyrus smiles, so does Disney

mileycyrus_grant_12149531_400.jpg Miley Cyrus doesn’t look like a mouse. Or a befuddled bear. Or even a princess. But make no mistake, like Mickey, Winnie the Pooh and Snow White before her, she is a Disney franchise.

Miley is the star of Hannah Montana, a half-hour Disney Channel sitcom following the travails of Miley Stewart, a young girl living in Malibu, Calif., who also happens to be pop star Hannah Montana. Costarring real-life dad Billy Ray Cyrus and consistently featuring a wish list of co-stars including Dolly Parton and Larry David, Hannah Montana is one of the top-rated kids’ shows of all time (in 2006, it was second only to American Idol among kids 6 to 14). Miley’s first album, the 2006 Hannah Montana soundtrack, made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart (a first for a TV soundtrack), sold more than 280,000 copies in its first week and subsequently went double platinum.

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August 1, 2007 at 6:20 am 31 comments


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