Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Dominates Billboard Hot 100

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"You know, you're taking that horse to Old Town Road". The original version of the song shot to No. 19 on the Billboard Hot Country chart before it was removed, with Billboard justifying its actions by claiming that the song "does not embrace enough elements of today's country music to chart in its current version".

Country music star Billy Rae Cyrus, father of Miley, then waded into the row by offering his vocals for a remix of the hit, which samples the track "34 Ghosts IV" by the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.

Billy Ray Cyrus hopped on the remix and delivered what can only be described as the "sauciest" country feature ever.

Billboard later added that a song's placement within chart categories "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".

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To my ears, "Old Town Road" is just as country as it is rap. There doesn't seem to be any joke to it. But there was no effort to pull Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" off the charts back in 2012. Lil Nas X left a cryptic message on Instagram where he wrote, "Ready to tell them @beyonce".

"Old Town Road", which has been dubbed "cowboy trap", is now the in the states. Billboard doesn't seem to want to allow music that blends genres to succeed. Here's a look at highlights of the list's new leader by Atlanta native Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill; he was born April 9, 1999, and, thus, celebrates his 20th birthday tomorrow with a host of chart honors to unwrap.

But regardless of what Billboard thinks, "Old Town Road" is an incredibly catchy song, with fantastic vocal performances from both Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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