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Lil Nas X is redefining country music and causing people to ask serious questions about the genre’s racial roots with his song “Old Town Road.” The song originally entered music streaming sites under the country genre (with many defining it as country rap or Trap music) but was booted off the Billboard country charts. The song had been holding steady at number 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has now jumped to number one.
After Billboard removed the song from country music charts controversy broke out. Celebrities weighed in including Justin Bieber and Will Smith. Miley Cyrus’ father ended up doing a remix of the song. It’s interesting to note that Miley Cyrus, the goddaughter of Dolly Parton, was once viewed as country music’s darling (especially with her rendition of Dolly’s Jolene), but then embraced hip-hop.
Miley sparked controversy with her country music fans when Mike WiLL Made-It released “23” featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J. Now it is her own father, Billy Ray Cyrus, who not only defended Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road but sang several verses in the remix.
Now, fans have come forward to say that after Billboard removed the song from the country charts, they bought Lil Nas X’s original version, propelling it to climb the charts. “Old Town Road” knocked Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” from the top spot.
After being pulled from the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, which is was climbing, because Billboard said it “does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music,” Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" claims the Number One spot on… https://t.co/v3iHMds3TN
“Old Town Road” has become a viral hit and resulted in Lil Nas X getting signed with Columbia. The remix is just as popular and has introduced more country fans to country rap.
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are both active on social media sites and anyone who really wants to get into the discussion about the evolution of country music and whether “Old Town Road” is truly a country song will find plenty of people weighing in on social media.
Some have suggested that Lil Nas X is a one-hit wonder with his viral song but he adamantly states that he is not.
Billy Ray Cyrus had a number one hit with the viral-worthy song “Achy Breaky Heart.” Now that he has joined in on the remix, people are wondering if that song too will break into the charts and become another number one hit.ee
What do you think of Lil Nas X and “Old Town Road?” Are you surprised the song climbed to number one after being removed from the country music charts?
Greenland’s massive ice sheets contain enough water to raise global sea levels by 23 feet, and a new study shows that they are melting at a rate “unprecedented” over centuries — and likely thousands of years.
The country singer slammed sexism in the music industry! Miranda Lambert may have reached the top spot in the charts, but that does not make her completely happy because she needed a collab with a man, Jason Aldean to be exact, to accomplish that goal!
Their song titled ‘Drowns the Whiskey’ is the one that reached no. 1 and while it may be a coincidence that her first chart-topper was a collab with a man, Miranda can’t help but be a little bit suspicious.
Miranda Lambert actually had to wait no less than five years before one of her songs topped Billboard’s Country Airplay!
While the star is obviously not upset about it, she blames sexism.
During an interview with The Washington Post, she explained: ‘Yes, I had to sing with somebody with a penis to get a Number. 1. I do like this person, Jason Aldean, quite a lot…so it was a great song with an old friend.’
She went on to talk about some statistics she found quite strange.
‘It is interesting that I have not had even a Top 20 in a very long time. And then it goes No. 1 because it is a dude.’
She added that ‘But you know — if we went and looked at how many singles or how many records were sold for the Top 10 songs right now, I would probably triple it on record sales. So it does not matter.’
After all, this is not the only song with which she’s been really high on the charts lately!
For instance, Miranda also got another no. 1 spot with a second collab, this time with a woman – Carrie Underwood.
“The Front Runner” captures what turned out to be pivotal moment in politics and media, zeroing in on the moment when the look-the-other-way mentality about candidates’ personal indiscretions forever changed. At its core, too, is how that shift torpedoed the 1988 presidential run by Gary Hart, played with convincing indignation by Hugh Jackman.
In 2009, Heidi Ifland Nash and her husband were paying off $ 38,000 of debt.
They’d been working on it for several years. At one point, Nash wanted to see tangible progress, so she decided to track their payments on paper with a chart she could color in as they inched toward their goal.
“The very first chart I made was just a big square with lines,” she said, laughing. “I said, ‘This is so boring! I’m gonna put some words on it.’”
She typed the words “debt free” in white text over a black box and added evenly spaced lines from top to bottom. She divided her debt by the number of lines and added the increments to the side. It was the first official Debt Free Chart.
“I was looking for something more inspiring than just the big ugly square that I’d made, and the thermometers just didn’t do it for me,” she said. “[They] just felt like a guilt-based fundraiser.”
Then, she uploaded her chart in the Living Like No One Else forum for people paying off debt. Soon, people started asking for personalized charts.
“I was custom-making everyone’s numbers,” she said. “It didn’t occur to me for months to make ones with just lines and no numbers on the side.”
From there, people asked for different words. First was “car loan.” Other types of loans followed. The first 16 to 20 designs came from requests from the forum.
Nash wanted to make them available to anyone, so she uploaded them to a Blogspot blog in 2010. Then, she forgot about them.
Over the next seven years, Nash had no idea that word of her charts was spreading on social media and Pinterest. People were downloading them constantly.
People often make vision boards with pictures of trips they’ll take or the car they’ll upgrade to once their debt is gone. But a vision board celebrates future achievements. It’s just as important during the journey to remind yourself of what you’ve already accomplished.
That’s what Debt Free Charts offer. They make the stale process of paying off debt interactive. Every payment is a celebration of moving one step closer to that vision board goal.
Now, almost a decade after Nash uploaded her first chart, when you search through the #debtfreecommunity on Instagram, it won’t take you long to find photos of brightly colored pages with the words “credit card,” “student loan” or “emergency fund.”
“It’s a great visual motivator to keep going,” said Michelle Brady, who’s using the car fund, credit cards and savings challenge charts.
How Debt Free Charts Got a New Life
In December 2017, Nash got a chart request. It was the first in a while.
She had become debt-free and gone on to home-school her kids while trying various entrepreneurial ventures in the years since she’d uploaded the charts.
After checking her blog, Nash realized the file storage system and a lot of the links to charts weren’t working. So she moved the charts their own website.
She got the idea to post pictures of people with their charts. She knew some YouTubers had filled out the charts, but she didn’t know what to expect beyond that.
What she found were hundreds of pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #debtfreecharts.
“It’s kinda taken on a life of its own,” Nash said. “It’s doing things I never expected it to do.”
Nash never expected her first Debt Free Chart would turn into the more than 80 she has on her website now. Most cost $ 1, but 20 are free.
At $ 1 each, she isn’t looking to get rich on chart sales. She wants to break even for the cost of running the website. She’d rather use the popularity of the charts to give more away for free.
Nash’s goal is to give out 150,000 free charts in 2018 — and she’s already 50,000 charts toward her goal.
Which ones are her favorites? She loves seeing people post their finished starter emergency fund charts.
“It’s such a ‘Wow, I can do this’ moment for people when they fill that one out,” she said.
Another favorite is the adoption fund chart.
She’s also starting to run challenges to help people meet their savings goals faster. She wants to create a sense of community among those paying off debt.
“You see their joy and relief, and you see the pride in the work that they’ve done to pay off the debt,” Nash said. “It’s something I never expected to feel.”
Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives money-saving and debt-payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.
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