» Billboard removes rapper Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' from country charts
“The current version” was remixed with country music veteran Billy Ray Cyrus playing guitar and joining the Lithia Springs High School grad, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, on vocals.
Though it was removed from the Hot Country charts April 9, which was also Hill's birthday, the viral "country trap" song " reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"I loved the song the first time I heard it. Country music fans decide what they like. Not critics or anyone else," Cyrus said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. "Waylon Jennings once told me every once in a while the industry outlaws someone because they're different. Country music fans don't need to be defined by critics. I've always said, don't think inside the box, don't think outside the box. Think like there is no box. So, I'm honored to collaborate with Lil Nas X on 'Old Town Road.'"
» Country remix: Billy Ray Cyrus joins rapper Lil Nas X in 'Old Town Road'
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Billboard’s decision to remove the song from its country chart has sparked controversy about what defines a country song — and what Billboard’s motives might really have been.