Kentucky native Billy Ray Cyrus joins forces with rapper on remix

Deanna Kelley
April 7, 2019

Many others online seem to share Cyrus's perspective, and some felt that Billboard's decision to remove the song from the chart could have possibly been racially motivated.

The debate ramped up when Billy Ray Cyrus, best known for his 90s country earworm Achy Breaky Heart, said there was no doubt the song was country and western. I'm gonna ride "til I can't no more".

Fans reacted to the remix on social media.


Billboard and country enthusiasts should be embracing the latest evolution of country music, not denying its inclusion.

Here's a timeline of the entire "Old Town Road" saga.

The song rose to prominence after it went viral on the lip-synching app TikTok. Here are all the major things that happened on Old Town Road's journey to the Billy Ray Cyrus collab. The music video on YouTube features clips from the videogame "Red Dead Redemption 2", and has received more than 15 million views, with 426,000 likes.

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It's only April and 2019 is officially unusual AF. "I added the X [when I was] a couple songs in as a representation of how long [10 years] it should be before I'm at a legendary level".

March 2019 - "Old Town Road" debuts on multiple Billboard charts. "Welcome to the club!", he wrote, in response to the fact that the song would have hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart if it hadn't been removed.

Around the same time, Lil Nas X is signed to Columbia Records. "Nas has been my internet alias for a minute now", Hill told Rolling Stone.

This controversial move sparked outrage in the global music community, with people calling out the music charts authority for being bringing racial stereotypes to music.

"It was so obvious to me after hearing the song just one time". The remix of "Old Town Road" is available on Spotify.

When Lil Nas X created "Old Town Road", he was seeking to create a country song that had elements of trap music.

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