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Lil Nas X Added Billy Ray Cyrus to ‘Old Town Road.’ Is It Country Enough for Billboard Now?

Lil Nas X Added Billy Ray Cyrus to ‘Old Town Road.’ Is It Country Enough for Billboard Now?

Lil Nas X’s viral hit, “Old Town Road,” was removed from Billboard’s country charts because the publication said it wasn’t country enough.
Lil Nas X Added Billy Ray Cyrus to ‘Old Town Road.’ Is It Country Enough for Billboard Now?

Lil Nas X Added Billy Ray Cyrus to ‘Old Town Road.’ Is It Country Enough for Billboard Now?

Lil Nas X’s viral hit, “Old Town Road,” was removed from Billboard’s country charts because the publication said it wasn’t country enough.
Lil Nas X’s Smash Makes Country Wonder if Rap Is Friend or Foe. Again.

Lil Nas X’s Smash Makes Country Wonder if Rap Is Friend or Foe. Again.

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has renewed conversations about the two-decade-long relationship between country music and hip-hop.
A Godfather of Country-Rap on His 2000s Hits and Lil Nas X

A Godfather of Country-Rap on His 2000s Hits and Lil Nas X

Shannon Houchins’s pioneering work in country-rap has had a long tail.

‘Old Town Road’: See How Memes and Controversy Took Lil Nas X to the Top of the Charts

Watch how an unknown Atlanta artist used his meme-making skills and a country-trap beat from the Netherlands to bring “Old Town Road” to the top of the Billboard charts.

How Social-Media Meme-Makers Rescued ‘Game of Thrones’ From Itself

A viral clip mashing up Arya’s horse and the song “Old Town Road” brought a breath of democratic vitality to an exhausted and stumbling series in its final days.
The Short Rise and Long Tail of Lil Nas X

The Short Rise and Long Tail of Lil Nas X

“Old Town Road” was just the beginning for the 20-year-old rapper and meme artist, but of what?
Lil Nas X Comes Out as Gay on Last Day of Pride Month

Lil Nas X Comes Out as Gay on Last Day of Pride Month

The 20-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper pointed to the lyrics of “c7osure,” a song off his new EP, as confirmation of his sexuality.
Lil Nas X Comes Out as Gay on Last Day of Pride Month

Lil Nas X Comes Out as Gay on Last Day of Pride Month

The 20-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper pointed to the lyrics of “c7osure,” a song off his new EP, as confirmation of his sexuality.
Lil Nas X Comes Out on Last Day of Pride Month

Lil Nas X Comes Out on Last Day of Pride Month

The 20-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper pointed to the lyrics of “c7osure,” a song off his new EP, as confirmation of his sexuality.
Lil Nas X Comes Out on Last Day of Pride Month

Lil Nas X Comes Out on Last Day of Pride Month

The 20-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper pointed to the lyrics of “c7osure,” a song off his new EP, as confirmation of his sexuality.
The Country-Rap Song Taking Over Nashville? It Isn’t ‘Old Town Road’

The Country-Rap Song Taking Over Nashville? It Isn’t ‘Old Town Road’

Billboard removed Lil Nas X’s “country trap” record from a country chart. So why did Blanco Brown’s “trailertrap” song “The Git Up” make it to No. 1?
Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Billboard’s Singles Record

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Billboard’s Singles Record

The “country-trap” track notched a 17th week at the top of the Hot 100, becoming the chart’s longest-running No. 1 song.
Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Billboard’s Singles Record

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Billboard’s Singles Record

The “country-trap” track notched a 17th week at the top of the Hot 100, becoming the chart’s longest-running No. 1 song.
This Summer Stinks. But at Least We’ve Got ‘Old Town Road.’

This Summer Stinks. But at Least We’ve Got ‘Old Town Road.’

Lil Nas X’s smash single shows how digital media is creating a shared global culture in an otherwise atomized age.
When Lil Nas X Took Off, So Did Street Signs on a Real Old Town Road

When Lil Nas X Took Off, So Did Street Signs on a Real Old Town Road

The signs for Old Town Rd. in Wellesley, Mass., keep getting stolen. The town is waiting for the song’s popularity to die down before replacing them.
Old Town Road Is Real, and People Keep Stealing the Street Signs

Old Town Road Is Real, and People Keep Stealing the Street Signs

After Lil Nas X’s song blew up, the signs for Old Town Rd. in Wellesley, Mass., began to disappear.

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

A look at the waves of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the fate of bohemian consumerism and the doctor behind The New York Times Magazine’s “Diagnosis” column.

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

A look at the waves of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the fate of bohemian consumerism and the doctor behind The New York Times Magazine’s “Diagnosis” column.

Dear V.M.A.s: Bring Back the Bad Taste

Thank you, Lizzo and Diplo. But we need more of the fabulous, the ridiculous and the profane.