Billboard removed rapper Lil Nas X's chart-topping song "Old Town Road" from its Hot Country Songs chart, citing it a "mistake" that the song was even considered.

Rolling Stone reports the entertainment media brand that tabulates the musical statistics chart informed Lil Nas X's label, Columbia Records, of the removal, saying its inclusion was an error. Billboard has not publicly announced the elimination but stated in a statement to Rolling Stone that the song "does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard‘s country charts."

"When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost its musical composition," the statement continued. "While ‘Old Town Road’ incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”

On March 16, the song made the Hot Country chart as the "highest-ranking debut" at No. 19, indicated by Billboard, following its quick spread online.

Okayplayer reports another statement was released from a Billboard representative, stating the decision was not racially motivated. Still, many are questioning the validity of the removal and the chart's ability to categorize music in such a time when soundscapes are a melting pot.

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The Atlanta rapper has not released an official response to the controversy, but he did share his sentiments Wednesday on Twitter.

"[J]ust because old town road has funny lines doesn’t mean it’s [a] parody," he wrote. "[I]t has a theme. anybody with ears can tell [I] put some kind of effort into that song."

Social media users have been vocal about their disagreement with the decision, as well. The country-trap song blew up earlier this year via the TikTok app, where users would record their interpretations of the song through video.

The artist has received an onslaught of support via social media since it was revealed his song was erased from the esteemed chart. Many called out the hypocrisy of the music chart, while others looked at it through a racial lens.

As fans, supporters and music critics rally in support of Lil Nas X, it will be interesting to see how this story develops.

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