Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Billy Ray Cyrus steps into Lil Nas X country music row

Billy Ray Cyrus steps into Lil Nas X country music row

Billboard's explanation, in part: The song "does not embrace enough elements of today's country music to chart in its current version".

Old Town Road now sits at number 15 on the cross-genre Billboard Top 100 chart, and had been viewed more than 23 million times on YouTube.

Billboard's decision disappointed many, and sparked a debate regarding race, genre and music.

No matter what the critics think, Billy Ray Cyrus gives Old Town Road the country stamp of approval, and fans are loving it.

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. Then I thought, it's honest, humble, and has an infectious hook, and a banjo.

"Y'all Call me when you're ready to shoot the video", Smith captioned under the Instagram post, being sure to tag Lil Nas and Billy Ray. "What the hell more do ya need?"

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Billboard offers category-specific charts simply as a tool for people in the music business to better gauge the success of songs relative to others in a given format.

"Determining which chart a song lives on is an ongoing process that depends on a number of factors, most notably the song's musical composition, but also how the song is marketed and promoted, the musical history of the artist, airplay the song receives and how the song is platformed on streaming services", Billboard said in a statement. We are often times faced with hard categorization choices.

According to Spotify Charts, the original version was the day's most-streamed song in the US.

What has Billy Ray Cyrus said about it?

Last week, Cyrus tagged Lil Nas X in a tweet that referred to his own removal from the chart, implying Lil Nas X should take it as a compliment that he was "doing something great".

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