), The apparent about-face shows that the country music industry isn’t strict in its dogma, only in its hypocrisy. [26] Cruise (remix) (2012) by Florida Georgia Line featured Nelly; Rolling Stone said the track "ushered in the wave of escapist fantasies set to syncopated drum loops that became known as 'bro country'. [5] Lil Nas X recorded the song on December 2, 2018,[7] at the CinCoYo Recording Studio in Atlanta,[8] and released it the following day. [24] Lil Nas X himself said that he regards it as the latter. Dutch record producer YoungKio composed the instrumental and made it available for purchase online in 2018. It's both. Though it was not re-entered onto the overall country charts, both the original version of the song and the remix featuring Cyrus eventually peaked at number one on the flagship Billboard chart, the Hot 100, for a record-breaking nineteen consecutive weeks. It Isn’t ‘Old Town Road’ Billboard removed Lil Nas X’s “country trap” record from a country chart. The remix was released in an effort to keep "Old Town Road" at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, as the song was two weeks away from tying for the all-time Hot 100 record held by "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men and "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee; it has since broken that record. [15] Cyrus explained that he loved the original song the first time he heard it. 1? [72] Both versions of the song were credited as number-one singles in Belgium,[73] the Netherlands[74] and New Zealand. Shane Morris, a former country music label executive, also believes that discrimination played a part in the removing "Old Town Road" from the Hot Country Songs chart. [50] In the following week, it and the newly released remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus received a combined 143 million streams, surpassing Drake's "In My Feelings", which in the previous year had amassed 116.2 million in the same period, as the song with the highest single-week streaming figure in the country.

[26], The first official remix of "Old Town Road", featuring the American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, was released on April 5, 2019 by Columbia Records. [12] Lil Nas X knew of Cyrus because of his role on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana. [35] A limited edition 7-inch vinyl single was made available for purchase on May 1, 2019, with the remix on the A-side and the original on the B-side. Brown, 34, has a career that predates “The Git Up,” working behind the scenes with both country and pop stars, including Fergie and Kane Brown. The remix reinterprets the lyric "I'm gonna ride 'til I can't no more" in a sexually explicit way. Former country music label person here," wrote Morris, who is a former employee of Sony Music Entertainment. The challenge is credited with launching the song to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at number 83,[33] the chart on which the song has since peaked at number one. These videos are testaments to cross-cultural understanding, and they are premised upon a fundamental lack of it.

Lil Nas X himself said that he regards it as the latter. 1 on Apple Music’s Top Country Songs chart. The song was awarded diamond certification by the RIAA in October 2019, for selling ten million total units in the United States, the fastest song to be awarded diamond certification. [27][26] Florida Georgia Line has said that Nelly's part "just connected", helping to make the Cruise remix reach Billboard Hot Country Songs No. [14] The Columbia Records executive, Ron Perry, reached out to Cyrus' wife Tish Cyrus saying that he would love it if Cyrus were to hear "Old Town Road". [31] The political ideology of country rap artists is perceived as being right-wing or conservative, due to some right-leaning politics expressed by artists like Upchurch;[31] however the political ideology of country rap artists ranges the full spectrum of political beliefs.