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CMT TO TELECAST WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW BILLY RAY CYRUS VIDEO ON JUNE 19

CMT TO TELECAST WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW BILLY RAY CYRUS VIDEO ON JUNE 19
 NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- CMT: Country Music Television will telecast the world premiere of the music video "Could've Been Me," by country/pop sensation Billy Ray Cyrus, on Friday, June 19. The video will premiere as a "Sneak Peak" during the weekly CMT Top Ten Viewer Countdown from 9 - 10 p.m. (Eastern time) and will continue to be telecast in heavy rotation approximately every four hours.
 Cyrus said he wanted CMT to have the first play on the video because of the support CMT gave him on "Achy Breaky Heart," his first single and music video. "CMT was pushing my video when very few people believed in Billy Ray Cyrus," he said. "The took a chance on me, and I won't forget it."
 A musical unknown only three months ago, "Achy Breaky Heart" made Cyrus an overnight phenomenon. The music video of the song was released initially only to dance clubs, but CMT staffers saw it and insisted that the music video channel be allowed to program it. "We knew the video was a smash the first time we saw it," said CMT Director of Operations Bob Baker. "It really exploded the first weekend we began playing it. We even went back to Mercury Records and asked them to add two minutes of the 'Achy Breaky Line Dance' to the end of the video."
 On the momentum of music video airplay on both CMT and TNN: The Nashville Network, the single hit the country chart even before it was shipped to radio stations. Next week marks the fourth week the single has been in the number one spot on the country chart. Driven by strong sales, the song crossed onto the pop chart where it climbs to number eight.
 Titled "Some Gave All," the album also crashed onto the "Hot 200" pop chart last week at the number four spot, the highest entry by a debut album since 1963, when the current chart format began. Next week, the album remains at number one on the pop and country charts -- with more than a million copies shipped to retail stores by Mercury Records.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Bailey of CMT, 615-871-6995, or Cheryl Daly of Group W Satellite, 212-916-1041/ CO: CMT: Country Music Television ST: Tennessee IN: ENT SU:


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