I really like how the Old Town Road remix kinda has this narrative. Lil Nas X plays the newbie who's experiencing the rush for the first time, and Billy Ray Cyrus is the veteran who's paid his dues and lives comfortably but misses the good old days. Some A+ songwriting— Zack Greenstein (@zgwizardzee) April 5, 2019
Billy Ray bringing us together in 2019 was unexpected but much needed.— Matthew Adkins (@coachmadkins) April 5, 2019
When categorizing genres for chart inclusion, Billboard examines several factors, including a song or album’s musical composition (with acknowledgment that sounds within genres consistently evolve; an artist’s recording history and track record within a particular genre; similarity to current charting titles in that genre; which radio formats and streaming platforms are showing notable support; and how a title is being marketed.In the case of “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, it prematurely charted on Hot Country Songs because its rights holders had tagged it as country, but it hadn’t yet been thoroughly vetted for the standard criteria noted above. The song’s removal was primarily based on the track’s overall lack of country music instrumentation, and subsequently, in the tracking week ending March 24, it received 63 plays (translating to 286,000 audience impressions) on radio stations reporting to Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart and zero on stations reporting to the Country Airplay survey, according to Nielsen Music.The song is also classified as various forms of rap, but not country, on Spotify; was not released by a country-focused record label; and its producer, YoungKio, told Billboard, “This beat is a trap beat with a rock-type sample. That’s how I see it. It’s not a country beat.”Decisions to remove a title are never made lightly or without thought given to all affected parties. The removal of a title from any of our genre charts is not a common occurrence, but has happened in the past under similar circumstances in which a charted title was deemed not an ideal fit after additional analysis. At the same time, such decisions are not final and remain subject to further review as the market evolves.
a hilarious thing about Lil Nas X “Old Town Road” getting booted from the Billboard country chart is that “Meant to Be,” an EDM song by Bebe Rexha (w a lil FGL), was a country #1 for literally 50 weeks and is still #3 after a year and a half— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) March 27, 2019
If Lil Nas X can’t be on the billboard country list cause it "it does not embrace enough elements of today's country music" then I want EVERY Post Malone song on the billboard hip hop list taken down immediately— jimmy cartier (@YungJayy_) March 28, 2019