Lil Nas X had a breakthrough hit with the viral song “Old Town Road.” The song, which blended elements of hip hop, R&B, and country music, simultaneously debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100, Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
Unfortunately, it has now been bumped from the Billboard country charts.
Apparently, the country music snobs — who knew that could be a thing? — don’t believe that Lil Nas X’s viral hit is country enough to be represented on their chart. Rolling Stone was first to report on the news.
Billboard attempted to explain their decision to remove “Old Town Road” from the charts by saying it lacked enough of the “elements” required for country music.
“Upon further review, it was determined that ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard‘s country charts,” they told Rolling Stone. “When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is musical composition. While ‘Old Town Road’ incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
Judge for yourself.
Lil Nas X had the perfect reaction to the news.
billboard wen they saw old town road rising on the country charts pic.twitter.com/9QGfGtCyI5
— nope (@LilNasX) March 28, 2019
As you might expect, some Twitter users weren’t very happy with the news with some claiming racism and hypocrisy.
“No shade to Post but how tf @billboard take ‘Old Town Road’ off the country charts over ‘not embracing enough country elements’ but Post Malone, who says he’s not hip hop, can be on our charts? @LilNasX riding on a tractor w/ lean all in his bladder… if that ain’t country idk,” one Twitter user wrote.
Additional reactions can be seen below:
Boy @billboard y’all sorry as hell! If Luke Bryan Varsity Blues lookin ass said “I’m gonna take my horse to the Old Town Road” that shit would be #1 for 4 years smh https://t.co/uDZHIw2ajx
— Christian not Chris (@FTWAintDallas) March 27, 2019
Wow , Discrimination At It’s Finest https://t.co/2E6TEUwhGm
— Sir Ski Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) March 28, 2019
— 𝕭obby with that tool (@heavenlymeep) March 28, 2019
Old Town Road (cleary a country song) was removed from the Country charts, and the genre on iTunes was switched to Hip-Hop/Rap. even though the song is clearly country with some modern production.
who wants to guess why?
— sab 🧔🏻 #TOC3 OTW (@1SabSad) March 24, 2019
@LilNasX's Old Town Road got taken off the Country Billboard 100 for "not embrac[ing] enough elements of today’s country music" but Macklemore's The Heist beat Kendrick Lamar's good kid M.A.A.D City for a Grammy…
— sehmon (@sehmonb) March 28, 2019
Billboard take off old Town road on the country hot 100
Lil nas x: pic.twitter.com/sf3MA3Wboy
— Michael E (@MWEE13) March 28, 2019
old town road goes DUMB billboard is trippin just bc a black man is breaking barriers
— ariel (@aiadamermaid) March 28, 2019
Old town road is a country song and the billboards are racist but these are things we already knew
— Johnny Champagne 🍾 (@chefchampagnee) March 28, 2019
On Gawd, if this was Post Malone it would’ve been a different story pic.twitter.com/hgmIGFmWih
— DON GARÇON❤️🖤📸 (@ALLSTARGarcon) March 26, 2019
Do you think “Old Town Road” should have remained on the Billboard country charts or was it the right move to remove it? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.