Thanks to a lauded assist from country music superstar Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X’s viral hit “Old Town Road” is now the number one song in America. According to Billboard, “Old Town Road” rode from No. 15 on the Hot 100 all the way to the top spot. The song is also number one on the Streaming charts.
“While Lil Nas X is the first artist to take an initial Hot 100 entry to No. 1 since Bradley Cooper just five weeks earlier, thanks to Cooper’s duet “Shallow” with Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X is the first artist unaccompanied by another act to top the Hot 100 on a first try since Cardi B, whose “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” spent three weeks at No. 1 in October 2017,” reports the publication.
Lil Nas X, who turns 20 years old today (Apr. 9), is also the first unaccompanied male artist since Desiigner to have their first single hit No. 1 on the charts. The track was the subject of much conversation after Billboard chose to remove the song from their Country chart, as they concluded “Old Town Road” did not “embrace enough elements of today’s country music.”
hitting #1 on billboard on my birthday wow
— nope (@LilNasX) April 9, 2019