Lil Nas X Reacts After Billboard Pulls “Old Town Road” From Country Charts
After word of Billboard’s decision was announced, he wrote, “Just because old town road has funny lines doesn’t mean it’s parody. It has a theme. Anybody with ears can tell I put some kind of effort into that song.”
just because old town road has funny lines doesn’t mean it’s parody. it has a theme. anybody with ears can tell i put some kind of effort into that song.
— nope (@LilNasX) March 27, 2019
He followed up with a lighthearted meme.
billboard wen they saw old town road rising on the country charts pic.twitter.com/9QGfGtCyI5
— nope (@LilNasX) March 28, 2019
Billboard released a statement to Rolling Stone about their decision to pull the single. “Upon further review, it was determined that ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard‘s country charts. When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is musical composition,” the statement said. “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.”
“Old Town Road” spread like wildfire on social media after its release in December 2018. According to Rolling Stone, the single received so much support online before the emcee signed a recording contract, radio programmers were forced to rip the YouTube version of the song in order to play it on air. The Atlanta artist recently signed to Columbia Records and garnered a co-sign from Justin Bieber.
Check out the official video for “Old Town Road” below: