Billy Ray Cyrus

updated 05/03/1993 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/03/1993 01:00AM

Ask Billy Ray Cyrus which of his features might turn women on the most, and you get the poetic view: "My eyes. They say the eyes are the window to the soul." Ask his manager Jack McFadden, and you get the less poetic view: "His butt and his ponytail." Well, both men have a point. Those hazel eyes do seem to plunge you straight to his achy-breaky heart. But quite a few of the nearly 8 million folks who made his 1992 album, Some Gave All, the biggest debuting country album in pop history are probably focused elsewhere on his strapping 6' frame. So long as fans who come to gawk stay to listen, this 31-year-old country hunk doesn't mind. "I consider myself a serious artist," he says. "But if the outside of Billy Ray Cyrus makes it happen, I hope they're getting every bit they want." More is coming with his second album, It Won't Be the Last. The Nashville-based Cyrus is out to prove that he's no second-rate talent in a first-rate hide. "I believe 8 million people realize there's much more to this book than the cover." Fair enough—but a lot of them wouldn't mind running a finger down the pages.

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