06 April, 2019
The song, "Old Town Road", debuted on the charts in March and received viral status on social media.
But he took his support a step further since then, linking up with Lil Nas X in the studio on Thursday, something that genuinely seemed to genuinely touch the rapper. Now, country stalwart Billy Ray Cyrus is throwing his weight behind the song, contributing a verse to a new remix of "Old Town Road".
"Upon further review, it was determined that "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X does not now merit inclusion on Billboard's country charts", the publication said in a statement.
The song hit number 19 on the chart before it was removed. Is this going to be the song of the summer?
A Billboard spokesperson later stated that the "decision to take the song off of the country chart had absolutely nothing to do with the race of the artist".
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In a Time Magazine interview about the controversy, Lil Nas X described the song as "country trap" and said it should be eligible for inclusion on both R&B and country music charts.
Embrace the country; make it the song of the summer we deserve.
The song includes elements of trap music, which grew out of the late 1990s hip-hop scene in the American South.
As you might expect, fans had their suspicions about what exactly it was about the song that was a problem... They get awarded for it and called innovators but a black man does it and it's an issue. Nah.