The internet is buzzing about Billy Ray?
It all started on TikToc and rapidly spread to the Spotify and Apple charts, from there it simultaneously caught fire on the all-genre Billboard 100, Hot R&B/Hip Hop and Country Songs charts.
My kids texted me this morning asking if I had heard it. I have now. I’m always open to musical experimentation and cross pollination. Everything is worth a listen. And so far, I don’t hate it. I need time for it to seep a little before sharing full judgement.
What I do know about this internet phenomenon is that rapper Lil Nas X released it as a solo project. “Old Town Road” went viral, then was suddenly removed from the country charts. Billy Ray Cyrus showed it some love on social media, and the song was remixed and re-released as a duet project…featuring the “Achy Breaky” 90’s country star (and Miley’s dad). Did adding BRC lend the song some country cred?
Apparently, Billboard disputed it as a country song. The 19 year old rapper has caused quite a controversy with this release. Which isn’t a bad thing when you are trying to get a song heard. People are listening and discussing.
So, what are your thoughts?
Flashback Friday photo for ya…