Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Billy Ray Cyrus steps into Lil Nas X country music row

Billy Ray Cyrus steps into Lil Nas X country music row

"Country music fans decide what they like".

"Upon further review, it was determined that "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X does not now merit inclusion on Billboard's country charts".

I didn't wake up this morning thinking I'd listen to a song featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, but here we are. Why? "But it's not like I'm not going to have another country trap song". "Country music fans don't need to be defined by critics". "Don't think outside the box".

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. Think like there is no box.

It is not yet known if the reworked version will be eligible for inclusion in Billboard's country music chart. Only Outlaws are allowed.

Two outlaws making a song to take you into the weekend.

"Upon further review, it was determined that "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X does not now merit inclusion on Billboard's country charts", Billboad said in a statement. Due to its popularity and cross-genre sound (blending hip-hop vocals with banjo and bass) it was added to a number of Billboard Top 100 charts, including the Hot Country Songs, only to later be removed for not being country enough. Many on social media have suggested that Billboard's exclusion of "Old Town Road" has more to do with the race of the artist than it has to do with the sound of the song, which Billboard denies in a statement.

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