Backlash after Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" removed from Billboard Hot Country chart

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I couldn't find anything about this but I found the controversy interesting and was surprised that nobody mentioned it here yet. If there is existing conversation, please link to it and a moderator can close this thread. If not...

Is this a country song?

Billboard thought it was... For one week.

Set against a cowboy-themed game, the music video for Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" uses language of the Wild Wild West with a hip hop spin. The genre-blending tune was a breakout hit five weeks ago when it debuted on three Billboard charts at the same time: the Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs and Hot Country Songs.

But Billboard quietly removed the song from the country chart the following week, reports CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan. It later issued a statement saying the song "does not embrace enough elements of today's country music to chart in its current version." Lil Nas X responded on

"I started to think about it, I was like, you know, why? After like listening to other songs that's actually on that chart, it's like, wait a minute, something's not right, basically," Lil Nas X said.

CBS News

Although Darius Rucker had many country hits, he came from the pop/rock realm, not the R&B/rap world. We quibble about genres all the time here, especially with regard to metal. But this is interesting in that Billboard is a trade publication with more clout than any other music publication around, definitely with regard to the business side of things. And of course there's the racial aspect which Billboard denies.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 12 April 2019 15:34 (one week ago) Permalink

it got mentioned here:

Fusion of Country and Western/Hip-Hop...the wave of the future?

visiting, Friday, 12 April 2019 15:39 (one week ago) Permalink

everyone wants to be a cowboy

Hunt3r, Friday, 12 April 2019 15:46 (one week ago) Permalink

it samples a track from NIN's Ghosts, that's pretty cool for a #1 hit

frogbs, Friday, 12 April 2019 15:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Posted this on the Non-US Rap thread earlier, because of the Dutch connection:

breastcrawl, Friday, 12 April 2019 19:30 (one week ago) Permalink

i've started hearing it on the radio. it's the kind of hit that the medium has been sorely needing for a long time -- all the quibbling about whether it fits in this or that category ironically seems to be helping disparate stations that don't ordinarily see a ton of overlap work together on it simultaneously. close enough to everyone, right? tonight i heard the version w/ billy ray cyrus on the rap station's nighttime mixshow hour.

dyl, Saturday, 13 April 2019 06:27 (one week ago) Permalink

at some point you had to figure it was definitely going to go big but i can't say i imagined it would be the enormous smash it seems to be on the verge of becoming

dyl, Saturday, 13 April 2019 06:28 (one week ago) Permalink

If this isn't in the next season of Westworld, I will eat my (cowboy) hat.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Saturday, 13 April 2019 11:53 (one week ago) Permalink

instant classic

ogmor, Saturday, 13 April 2019 12:45 (one week ago) Permalink

this song is stupid as hell lol

buttigieg play the blues (crüt), Saturday, 13 April 2019 15:24 (one week ago) Permalink

not saying it’s bad necessarily

buttigieg play the blues (crüt), Saturday, 13 April 2019 15:24 (one week ago) Permalink

it's obviously very stupid but it's also very good

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 13 April 2019 15:51 (one week ago) Permalink


johnny crunch, Saturday, 13 April 2019 21:48 (one week ago) Permalink

Ridin' on a tractor
Lean all in my bladder
Cheated on my baby
You can go and ask her
My life is a movie
Bull ridin' and boobies
Cowboy hat from Gucci
Wrangler on my booty

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Monday, 15 April 2019 19:36 (one week ago) Permalink

it's a very silly song, i do enjoy it tho

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Monday, 15 April 2019 19:37 (one week ago) Permalink

its annoying

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 15 April 2019 20:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Keith Urban covered Old Town Road--this version is gonna chart and people are gonna lose their minds.

to halve and half not (voodoo chili), Monday, 15 April 2019 20:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Once again the white devil's stealing from the black man.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 15 April 2019 20:58 (one week ago) Permalink

I learned about this song from the pitchfork headline about “Billy Ray Cyrus lends his outlaw cred to Old Town Road” last week and my first reaction was like, admittedly I have not been closely following the oeuvre of mr. Ray Cyrus over these past years, but did I miss something re:him being considered to have ‘outlaw cred’?

One Eye Open, Monday, 15 April 2019 21:15 (one week ago) Permalink

keith urban version isn't actually gonna chart lol

dyl, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 03:23 (six days ago) Permalink

My life is a movie
Bullridin' and boobies

Around that time, I had just watched that ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ movie. I just had that scene with Matthew McConaughey in my mind, I was just thinking about his lifestyle. That’s what I did for that line.

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 21:36 (five days ago) Permalink

The banjo sound makes it all work.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 21:52 (five days ago) Permalink

The creek boys remix of Old Town Road is so damn good

person industrial complex (voodoo chili), Thursday, 18 April 2019 23:11 (four days ago) Permalink

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