Billy Ray Cyrus steps into Lil Nas X country music row

Billy Ray Cyrus steps into Lil Nas X country music row”

Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus has joined forces with rapper Lil Nas X for a remix of a song that was removed from the Billboard country charts.

Anyway, Billy Ray Cyrus has now come in to lend his stamp of approval to the song, recording a remix with Lil Nas X ... and it slaps.

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" has been a subject of controversy, in and out of the country music world, for whether it merits being officially included in that genre.

The song is now rocketing up the charts - whether Billboard wants it or not. It debuted simultaneously on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop and country charts, then was quickly removed from the latter.

The snub opened up a discussion about the country scene's frigidity toward artists of color who make cross-genre songs, especially (as several outlets have already pointed out) ones that got big before the industry machine can classify them. That is, until Billboard made a decision to remove it from the Hot Country Songs chart.

But while Billboard and the rest of the country establishment in Nashville may not have felt "Old Town Road" was country enough, fans of the Atlanta rapper's song had no such issue.

The song rose to prominence after it went viral on the lip-synching app TikTok. The reason? The song "did not embrace enough elements of today's country music to chart in its current version".

While many people applauded Billy Ray Cyrus for lending his support to he younger artist, a number of social media users questioned why it was necessary for him to intervene.

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