Billy Ray Cyrus的混音版幫助Lil Nas X的〈Old Town Road〉重回鄉村歌排行榜

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  • Billy Ray Cyrus的混音版幫助Lil Nas X的〈Old Town Road〉重回鄉村歌排行榜


    ◎就在Billboard以其「沒有包含足夠的成為鄉村音樂的元素」而將饒舌歌手Lil Nas X的熱門歌曲〈Old Town Road〉從熱門鄉村歌曲排行榜中撤除之後幾天,這首歌靠著Billy Ray Cyrus的小小幫助再度重回鄉村歌曲排行榜。

    ◎在Billboard宣布從鄉村歌曲排行榜中撤除這首歌後不久,Billy Ray Cyrus與Lil Nas X合作錄製了該首歌曲的混音版,歌曲釋出後在鄉村樂電台和串流平台上大獲成功。根據4月13日當週的Billboard,〈Old Town Road〉在鄉村電臺播放排行榜上為第53名。Billboard指出,沒有一個鄉村電台將該首歌添加到他們的常規輪替播放中,而它在排行榜上出現主要是因為在全國聯合播出的《Bobby Bones Show》上的播放所驅動的。該首歌也在鄉村電臺獲得了一些播放,包括在威斯康辛州由iHeartMedia所擁有的WMAD電台,WMAD的節目主管Katie Kruz告訴Billboard,「如果這首歌對Billy Ray Cyrus來說夠鄉村的話,對我來說就夠鄉村。」

    ◎Billy Ray Cyrus也透過社群媒體表達他支持這首歌應該可以稱為鄉村音樂的想法,他在推特中表示「我聽過這首歌只有一次的時候就覺得非常明顯,我在想它有哪一點不是鄉村音樂呢?一首鄉村樂和西方歌曲的基本要素是什麼呢?然後我想到,答案是誠實、謙虛,並且旋律有一個具傳染性的hook和斑鳩琴,這樣不就夠了嗎?」


    Just days after Billboard pulled rapper Lil Nas X's hit "Old Town Road" from the Hot Country Songs chart for failing to contain enough elements to qualify as country music, it's back, with a little help from Billy Ray Cyrus.

    After Billboard announced it was pulling the track from its country chart, Cyrus teamed up with Lil Nas X to record a remix of the track and since then the record has gained traction on country radio and streaming platforms.

    Per Billboard, for the week of April 13th, "Old Town Road" landed at 53 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Billboard noted that while no country station has added the track to their regular rotation, its appearance on the chart was driven largely by plays on nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show.

    The track has also garnered some plays on country stations, including iHeartMedia-owned WMAD in Madison, Wis.

    "If it's country enough for Billy Ray Cyrus, it's country enough for me," WMAD program director Katie Kruz told Billboard "The rest of the [country panel] might not be playing it, but they have it stuck in their heads as they read this."

    Cyrus also lent his support to the notion that the track should qualify for country music via social media.

    "It was so obvious to me after hearing the song just one time. I was thinking, what's not country about it? What's the rudimentary element of a country and western song? Then I thought, it's honest, humble, and has an infectious hook, and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?" he said in a tweet.