The Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X arrives at the ideal timing with his recently released and now remixed single "Old Town Road". And after the controversy with Billboard, Cyrus tweeted at the rapper, "Been watching everything going on with OTR".
Feeling the pressure, Billboard reconsidered its choice and re-entered the song in its country charts, categorically denying that the move was racially motivated.
It is not yet known if the reworked version will be eligible for inclusion in Billboard's country music chart.
For his part, Lil Nas X's words summed up his Billboard experience.
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Check out the remix for "Old Town Road" and see how how fans are reacting to the strategic collaboration below.
The song had originally become popular on the TikTok app, where users create and share video clips set to music. Cyrus also added a verse to the remix, rapping, "Hat down, cross town, livin' like a rock star/Spent a lot of money on my brand new guitar".
"Old Town Road" remains on rap/hip hop charts and reached 32 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart.
"I'm always going to be experimenting musically, trying new things", he told Complex in an interview. Think like there is no box. The track continues to stream this week - it's now the only song on Spotify's Top 5 in the US not by Billie Eilish.
Country music legend Billy Ray Cyrus has thrown his support behind a young rapper who sparked debate when his hit song was controversially stripped from Billboard's hit country music chart.