Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Has Hit The Top Spot On Billboard Hot 100
Update (April 9, 2019): Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts following backlash for the song's rap-inspired take on country.
I GOT THE HORSES IN THE BACCC! pic.twitter.com/PdgQbxstcs— nope (@LilNasX) April 8, 2019
The Atlanta native born Montero Lamar Hill celebrated his 20th birthday Tuesday with a No. 1 track. According to Billboard, the single started at No. 15 and roared to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The rapper also becomes the first solo artist with a debut single to land on the Hot 100 since Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.”
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Happy early birthday @LilNasX, congrats on #1!!! 🐴🥳🤠 pic.twitter.com/mzGnaRr1bA— alexa ☾ (@AlexaMarissa13) April 9, 2019
"Old Town Road" debuted on the country charts at No. 19 and vanished abruptly in mid-March, according to Fortune. But it quickly turned into a national phenomenon due to the 20-year-old's rabid fanbase. Within its sixth week, "Old Town Road " was the fastest song to climb the Hot 100 since Zayn's "Pillowtalk" from February 2016.
Lil Nas X is also a history maker. He is the first lead male artist to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 since Desiinger's 2016 hit "Panda." The monumental success of the song has leapfrogged more seasoned artists like Post Malone and Ariana Grande. Among the other accomplishments, "Old Town Road" is expected to hold the top spot on the hip-hop charts and the streaming charts.
Original: Lil Nas X recruited a country music OG to give himself some cred after his recent Billboard chart fiasco.
His song "Old Town Road" made the "highest-ranking debut" when it secured the No.19 spot on the Billboard chart in March. As Blavity previously reported, it was pulled because Billboard claimed: “It does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
Yes, Mr. Achy Breaky Heart, himself. Also known as the man who created Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus reportedly contributed a hook and new verse to the remix. The remix has not been released, but Lil Nas X tweeted Cyrus “murdered” his part.
and he murdered the shit https://t.co/vpoVYt8kpT— nope (@LilNasX) April 4, 2019
Cyrus posted words of encouragement for the young artist following the removal.
.@LilNasX Been watching everything going on with OTR. When I got thrown off the charts, Waylon Jennings said to me “Take this as a compliment” means you’re doing something great! Only Outlaws are outlawed. Welcome to the club!— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) April 3, 2019
The song remained on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but Lil Nas X isn’t satisfied.
“The song is country trap,” he told Time. “It’s not one, it’s not the other. It’s both. It should be on both.”
He believes the song’s versatility was off-putting to the Billboard officials and big-upped another Atlanta native with its pioneering fusion of the genres.
“I believe whenever you’re trying something new, it’s always going to get some kind of bad reception. For example, when rap started, or when rock and roll began. But with country trap, I in no way want to take credit for that. I believe Young Thug would be one of the biggest pioneers in that.”
The remix is slated to be released on Thursday.
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