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Cinco de (Oh) Mayo: Billy Ray Cyrus drops Spanish version of “Achy Breaky Heart”

Cinco de Mayo arrives on Friday, and if you’d found yourself fretting that the only thing missing from your otherwise perfect plan for celebrating is a recording of “Achy Breaky Heart” . . . . featuring Mr. Mullet himself,  Billy Ray Cyrus . . . in  Spanish, no less . .  well, you’re in luck.

"No Rompas Mas Mi Corazon" drops on iTunes on Wednesday.

Described in a press release as a “rockin' new Spanish version” of the love-it-or-hate-it, everyone’s-playin’-the-twanged-thing song that vaulted Cyrus to fame in 1992, the new version’s release is timed to Cinco de Mayo and the 25th anniversary of the original recording.

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Cyrus appears on the new “No Rompas,” along with country legend Ronnie Millsaps on keyboards and popular Mexican band Caballo Dorado. The group had been around for about a decade when, in the mid-1990s, it released a cover version of “Achy Breaky” and achieved superstar status in its home country.

“These cats had their career explode with this simple Don Von Tress song much like me," Cyrus said in a statement, referring to the man responsible for writing the song he orginally recorded in January 1992. “This really is a universal song, and it was a blast to have these guys record with us."

(Truth be told, the entire song is not performed in Spanish. Cyrus starts singing the familiar lyrics in English, then everyone switches over to Spanish and things go back and forth like that in what is, it must be said, a quite rollicking and entertaining take on the original countrified tune).

The original “Achy Breaky Heart” spent weeks as a Top 10 hit in 1992 and is credited with launching the line dance craze here.  It even inspired a cover version by Alvin and the Chipmunks.

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Not everyone was a fan: When Rolling Stone polled its readers on “The Worst Songs of the Nineties” a few years back, “Achy Breaky” came in at No. 3, behind only Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” and -- at the absolute worst -- “Barbie Girl” by Aqua.

On his web site, billyraycyrus.com, the performer himself describes the song as having been “wildly popular – and polarizing.”

But also the gift that keeps on giving, apparently.  Along with the Spanish version, Cyrus, who’s said he’ll start going by his last name only after Aug. 25, is also out with a new and updated 25th anniversary version of “Achy Breaky Heart.”

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