Thomas Rhett defends Lil Nas X over Old Town Road debate as he teases Ed Sheeran collaboration

Thomas Rhett at Academy Of Country Music Awards
Thomas Rhett is set to release his fourth album, Center Point Road (Picture: WireImage)

Lil Nas X sparked a huge debate about country music, after Billboard removed his song, Old Town Road, from their Billboard country chart.

At the time, they claimed the track doesnt currently merit inclusion in the genres music charts, a decision that was met with huge backlash.

And Thomas Rhett has revealed he is fully team Lil Nas X over the whole thing.

Speaking exclusively to, the Look What God Gave Her singer said: I just believe that if a song makes you feel good, and you can dance and sing to it, then I dont believe in labels.

I realise that people need a label, like when theyre looking at the radio or a streaming service to figure out what mood theyre in…

But at the same time, you cant deny that Old Town Road, when it comes on, you know youre going to bob your head to it.



Whatever you want to call it, I just feel like its a fun song that came out the perfect time. And its made a huge impact on kind of on the music business.

Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X sparked a huge debate in country music (Picture: WireImage)

Hes right, its a total banger.

Thomas, 29, is gearing up for the release of his fourth album, Center Point Road, following the huge success of Life Changes.

And he revealed the album is the hardest thing hes ever done in his life.

Im just ready to get it out. We finished this record in January, February, and Ive gotten to live with it for a long time, he told us. And Im just ready to get the whole project out there. Its nervous excitement for the fans to get a feel of the whole project, and get it out there to the world. So were really excited.

Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett revealed what collaborations he has his eye on (Picture: Getty)

I write so many songs in a year, I probably write 200 plus songs a year. So to whittle down that 200 into 16 was probably the hardest thing Ive ever done in my life. And its really a great balanced record.

This record takes you on a pretty serious emotional journey. I think itll take you from very encouraging, to very happy to make you want to cry, and make you want to fall in love, to make you wish you hadnt been broken up with last week, theres a lot of different emotions that run through this record.



So Im excited about the diversity of it. Honestly, I think my fans expect my records are going to sound left to centre than what usually comes out in our genre. But I love doing that kind of stuff.

I love getting to play around with different types of genres, and make it my own brand of country music and and its been really fun, really cool.

And, among those 16 songs – stripped down from 200 – the dad-of-two collaborate with a string of people, including Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini.

Center Point Road features three collaborations, switched up from the usual one song he treats us to.

But who else is he looking to work with in the future?

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