Billy Ray Cyrus makes statement with Lil Nas X collaboration

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Billboard may have blocked Lil Nas X's viral hit "Old Town Road" from the Country charts, but a legend of the genre is co-signing the 19-year-old from Atlanta. "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".

A fierce argument has broken out over Billboard's recent decision to remove a trap song from the US Hot Country Songs chart for not being authentically "country" enough, and like all truly spicy news stories, this one features a cameo from Billy Ray Cyrus. Lil Nas X, the artist who previously became popular on Twitter from running a Nicki Minaj fan account, got support from Country veteran Billy Ray Cyrus.

Take a listen below.

Cyrus also gave a shout out to Lil Nas X on social media. Now, country stalwart Billy Ray Cyrus is throwing his weight behind the song, contributing a verse to a new remix of "Old Town Road".

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It is not yet known if the reworked version will be eligible for inclusion in Billboard's country music chart. "The guy made his records in Memphis where rock and roll was happening - he's got his hair slicked back, he's singing about sex, drugs and rock and roll".

"I loved the song the first time I heard it", Cyrus said in a statement. "So, I'm honored to collaborate with Lil Nas X on 'Old Town Road'". Don't try and think outside the box.

Considering Cyrus has had a total of eight top-ten singles in the Billboard Country Songs chart, he probably knows what he's talking about. "Think like there is no box.' #HorsesInTheBack", he tweeted on March 27, referencing the lyrics of Lil Nas X's song.

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