Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Breaks Mariah's Record Spending Its 17th Week On Billboard Chart At #1

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After "Old Town Road" memes got the Twitterverse talking, Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" feat. Billy Ray Cyrus became the longest-running No. 1 track to ever hit the Billboard Hot 100. This is a truly historic occasion, so the Typical Student team learned how that happened!


How Long Was The "Old Town Road" On the Chart?

It took 17 weeks for "Old Town Road" to become the most popular song on the radio and streaming online within the United States. Previously, the record was set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" and Luis Fonsi's "Despacito." Both songs lasted 16 weeks on Billboard's No. 1.  Lil Nas X took to Twitter to reflect on his track's success: 

"Did I know it would become the longest-running No. 1 song of all time?" 

"No! But I am so thankful that this blessing has been placed upon me. This song has changed my life, and the way I see the world around me in less than a year."



Funny enough, in March, Billboard rejected Lil Nas's solo version of the "Old Town Road." The chart admins said the song didn't have "enough elements of today’s country music." This resulted in a few new releases of the song. 

Initially a hip hop artist, Lil Nas X managed to push his voice to both the hip hop and country music scenes. In his Twitter statement he said: 

"Thank you to every single person who has been apart of this journey. As I said before, it's just the beginning!" 



Mason Ramsey Sings "Old Town Road" Featuring Miley Cyrus

This past Sunday, the rising star of country music, Mason Ramsey appeared in a Twitter video, performing Lil Nas X's hit "Old Town Road" with singer Miley Cyrus. As you may know, Miley's father, Billy Ray Cyrus, was featured on the original remix.

Miley took to Twitter to share her excitement: 

"I’m gonna take @masonramsey to the old town road .... cause he can’t drive yet."



The video was shot backstage at the Grande Ole Opry, a weekly country music event in Nashville, Texas. Mason Ramsey was at the event to sinп the song "Old Town Road" alongside Billy Ray Cyrus. You can see the footage from the event below:





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