Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Returns To Billboard’s Country-Chart After Controversial Debate
After Lil Nas X‘s breakout track “Old Town Road” was removed from one of Billboard‘s Country music charts in March for not meeting musical composition standards required, controversy stirred and now it appears the song’s made a return to another chart.
In addition to a huge co-sign from Country artist Billy Ray Cyrus and the building controversy, the track’s skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Hot 100 and on Thursday (April 11) the song appeared on the Country Airplay chart at No. 53.
Although it is still unclear if the song will hit the chart where it was originally listed, the buzz around the track and new listing suggests Billboard is considering to bring it back.
Furthermore, they originally stated in March:
“The song’s profile first swelled thanks in part to TikTok videos and other viral memes, while subsequent attention has centered on its removal after a week on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart (dated March 16). Hot Country Songs, based on airplay, streaming and sales, requires Billboard to designate songs for inclusion based on genre fit; Country Airplay, however, as well as Rhythmic Songs and Pop Songs, purely reflects plays on reporting stations.”
.@LilNasX's "Old Town Road" to remain at #1 on the Hot 100 with over 3x the points of #2.
It's expected to be one of the most dominant #1's of all time, joining tracks like "I Will Always Love You", "The Boy Is Mine", "Shape of You" and more.
— chart data (@chartdata) April 10, 2019
It was so obvious to me after hearing the song just one time. I was thinking, what’s not country about it? What’s the rudimentary element of a country and western song? Then I thought, it’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook, and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) April 5, 2019