Another Cyrus making strides

Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:40pm EDT
 
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By Cortney Harding

NEW YORK (Billboard) - There are plenty of old expressions about "the family that (insert activity) together, stays together," but rock band Metro Station might be responsible for creating a new take on it: The family that climbs the pop charts together, stays together.

If vocalist/guitarist Trace Cyrus' name seems familiar, it's probably because you've heard of his half-sister, a young singer named Miley, or perhaps his stepdad, Billy Ray.

For his part, though, the Metro Station Cyrus would prefer to focus on his own band and the success it has had crossing over to and climbing the pop radio charts.

Its second single, "Shake It," is currently No. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100, up 14 spots in the last week. Metro Station's self-titled record, which was released in September 2007 by Columbia Records, has sold 45,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"'Shake It' was actually the last song we put on the album," the heavily tattooed 19-year-old says. "It's really taken off and become a fan favorite. Thank God we ended up putting it on there."

Cyrus and singer/guitarist Mason Mitchell formed Union Station in 2006. Their younger siblings co-star in the Disney Channel's wildly popular "Hannah Montana."

Reuters/Billboard